Gender-specific activities, camps and excursions

Schools may organise events and activities in which boys and girls attend separate classes, such as classes for sex and relationship education, sexual health, and competitive sporting activities. Trans and gender diverse students should be allowed to attend such activities the group that matches their gender identity. Gender fluid or non-binary students should be consulted about which group they would prefer to be placed with taking into account their comfort and safety.

For overnight events such as excursions and camps, students have the right to access the same sleeping facilities as other students of their affirmed gender, if they choose to do so. Gender fluid or non-binary students should be consulted about their preferred accommodation.

The same considerations with respect to use of toilet and change room facilities in schools apply to accessing such facilities by trans and gender diverse students while on excursion and camp. Gender fluid or non-binary students should be consulted about their preferences.

In advance of the camp you might want to find out from the student which peers they feel most comfortable with. You could also see if the student has any other special requests, such as private change facilities.

A high school takes all Year 9 students on a five week camp away from home every year. They usually have at least one trans student. One cabin is smaller and has an ensuite. They quietly arrange for the trans students and five friends that the trans student feels comfortable with to be allocated to that cabin. The school gains consent of the young person and their family to advise the on-site nurse that the child uses a chest binder. This way they can be provided with a private facility to hand wash their binder.

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