Harmful practices that seek to change or suppress sexual orientation or gender identity are against the law. These change or suppression practices are sometimes called ‘gay conversion’ practices or ‘conversion therapy’.
About these practices
Change or suppression (conversion) practices are considered extremely harmful. They are practices that intend to forcibly change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
It is now a crime to:
- engage in such practice (or practices) directed towards another person where harm is caused
- take another person from Victoria (or arrange to) with the intention these practices occur and harm is caused
- publish, display or authorise advertisements or notices encouraging these practices.
Report a change or suppression (conversion) practice
Victoria Police takes all reports of these practices seriously by:
- creating a safe and inclusive place to report
- conducting criminal investigations
- making referrals
- sharing information with the (where appropriate and only with consent).
Book an appointment at your local station
This allows you to take your time talking to an officer in a safe and inclusive environment (in person or on the phone). The officer may also identify other crimes that have been committed against you during the interview.
LGBTIQA+ liaison officers (LLOs)
There are a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer liaison officers (LGBTIQA+ Liaison Officers) in Victoria.
The LLOs provide a contact point for LGBTIQA+ community members. They also provide advice, assistance and recommendations on the policing needs of LGBTIQA+ people.
About the Act
The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 came into effect on 17 February 2022.
Reviewed 10 November 2023