The Greens have criticised the AFL for waiting months to rule out transgender player Hannah Mouncey’s nomination for the Women’s League draft.
Mouncey, who began her gender transition in 2015, had been waiting since June to hear before the AFL made the announcement on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the draft.
The AFL said the decision was based on the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states athletes can be discriminated against based on their sex “if strength, stamina or physique is relevant.”
“What Hannah has been put through is unacceptable, she should have been told much earlier,” Greens senator Janet Rice said.
Rice said the Greens will call on the AFL and other football leagues to clarify their policies and eligibility guidelines for transgender athletes in gender-segregated sports.
“Being encouraged and accepted to play sport is a big issue for transgender people,” she said.
“It’s really important that we get this right so that trans people feel welcome and feel they are able to participate in the sport of their choice.”
Senator Rice said Australian sporting codes should build on International Olympic Committee regulations.
Mouncey is a current player in the Canberra women’s league competition this season, and the AFL said she will be eligible to apply for future drafts.