By Dr Ruth McNair. Updated 13th October 2014

There are many issues to decide on related to parenting including the parenting roles for each parent in the same sex relationship, the level of involvement or not if there is a known sperm donor, and the degree to which each of the adults involved with parenting is legally recognised. The laws governing parenting rights differ in each Australian state. Further decisions involve seeking out sensitive educational facilities from playgroups to pre-school to school. Many parents choose to be open about their family structure with education providers, and some assist their chosen schools by providing children’s books and other information about their families.

While negative community attitudes towards same sex parented families persist, most families find support from selected friends, family and neighbours.
Family support:

Rainbow Families Council (RFC)

The Bouverie Centre, Victoria’s Family Institute
A public centre offering counselling for families. This is a lesbian and gay sensitive service.
Phone: 9385 5100

Drummond Street Services
Provides counselling for individuals, couples and families. The centre has a LGBTQ focus through the queer space program.

195 Drummond St, Carlton,
03 9663 6733


A brief article on the range of same sex parented families in Australia written by Simon Crouch and colleagues and published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2013: