Support Groups and Organisations

Transgender Victoria Y Gender FTM Shed TransFamily

Emergency and Crisis Links

  • Lifeline Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention. Ring 13 11 14.
  • Beyond Blue is a mental health resource organisation aimed at achieving an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australians, at any life-stage, to seek help.

Local Trans Organisations

  • TransGender Victoria (TGV) was founded in the late 1990s to address discrimination faced by transgender people in Victoria. We have been successful in legislative reform and work with government and community groups in all aspects of human rights for transsexuals and cross-dressers alike.
  • Y Gender is a social group for Trans, Genderqueer, Gender Questioning young people and friends. We run social events and have monthly meetings to organise projects. This group is based in Melbourne, Australia.
  • FTM Shed Open to masculine identifying trans men and their allies.
  • TransFamily is a Peer Support Group for parents, siblings, extended family and /or friends of a trans person. The group offers a warm and supportive environment for the parents, siblings, friends and family of transgender people.

Other Groups

  • Genderqueer Australia specialises in the support of gender questioning and genderqueer people, their family, friends and professionals who they go to for help.
  • Seahorse Society of New South Wales is a non-profit self-help organisation established in Sydney in 1971.
  • Seahorse Society of Queensland (Seahorse Queensland) is a non-profit self-help organisation situated in Brisbane.
  • Carrousel Club of South Australia is the main social support group in South Australia, established around 1985.
  • The Chameleon Society of Western Australia is a support and social group for Crossdressers, Transsexuals and their partners based in Perth, Western Australia.
  • TransLiving International was established since 1980. It is a well-established group within the Transgender community with members all over Great Britain and other parts of the world. We aim to provide the friendship, support and advice that can sometimes be so hard to find.
  • The Gender Centre (NSW) is committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices.
    The Gender Centre is also committed to educating the public and providers about the needs of people with gender issues.
    We offer a wide range of services to people with gender issues, their partners, families and friends in NSW. We also act as an education, support, training and referral/resource Centre to other Organizations and Service Providers.
    We specifically aim to provide a high quality service which acknowledges human rights and ensures respect and confidentiality.
  • Transcend: Supporting Transgender Children and their Families We are the parents of children experiencing a range of gender identity issues. Transgender is an umbrella term which encompasses these experiences. Other terms which are commonly used are Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorder, Gender Variant, Gender Non-Conforming, Sex and Gender Diverse, Gender Independent. We are based in Australia and have come together to offer support to other families experiencing the same issues. It can be scary and isolating for children and parents when gender identity issues arise. But there is help and support for you here and also in the community. Our aim is to provide you with access to as much information as possible in order for you to source appropriate services around Australia.
  • Freedom Centre (FC) is here for young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender. Our drop-in centre is a safe space to hang out, have fun, meet other LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex, Queer & Questioning) young people and get peer-support and info if you need it.

Intersex Links

  • OII Australia is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or differences. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare.

Government Anti-Discrimination / Human Rights Groups

  • Human Rights And Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) promotes and protects human rights in a number of ways. For example, HREOC reviews and monitors legislation, conducts public inquiries, investigates and conciliates complaints, provides policy advice and delivers human rights education to promote greater understanding of human rights issues in Australia.