This report recommends stricter limits to reduce the number people with disabilities being sterilised without their consent.
On 20 September 2012, the Senate referred the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia to the Senate Community Affairs Legislative Committee for inquiry and report by 24 April 2013. The Senate granted an extension of time for reporting to 17 July 2013.
On 7 February 2013, the Senate added an additional term of reference regarding intersex people:
2. Current practices and policies relating to the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people, including:
a) sexual health and reproductive issues; and
b) the impacts on intersex people.
This second term of reference will be the subject of a second, separate committee report.