Hannah Mouncey Warns She May Take AFL To Human Rights Commission


Hannah Mouncey

Trans footballer Hannah Mouncey has said she may take her case to the Human Rights Commission if the AFL don’t put in place a policy for transgender players soon.

Mouncey is currently playing in Victoria in the VFLW with Darebin but is still in limbo about her eligibility of playing AFLW next year.

The AFL have told her that it might have a policy in place to judge her case by the end of September, the Herald Sun reported.

But the AFLW draft is expected to be held in mid-October, which may only leave her a number of weeks to make her case.

Last year, the AFL initially ruled that Mouncey was too strong and ineligible for the AFLW draft, but cleared her to play at a state level with Darebin in Victoria.

Mouncey’s hormone levels are within IOC regulations for female elite athletes, and she has told the AFL if they don’t have a policy by the end of July, she will take the league’s decision to the Human Rights Commission and argue she was discriminated against.

“I have told them that if they don’t have something by the end of July I will take it to the Human Rights Commission at the very least,” she told the Herald Sun.

“I am happy to avoid that, but that’s where it’s at at this stage.

“They have had 12 months or more to work on it, but I have barely been able to get in touch with the AFL.

“The best estimate they can tell me is the policy might be in place by the end of September at best.

“In that case I don’t know what I need to give them, I don’t know what they will ask for so I can prove I should play.

“That is the stuff they need to take into account when they give me two weeks to sort something out. It just doesn’t work.”

The Australian Sports Commission and Australian Human Rights Commission are working on a trans framework which the AFL said will help guide its policy.

Last year, the AFL said their decision to refuse Hannah 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.”

In February, the AFL general manager of inclusion and social policy, Tanya Hosch, said the league was seeking advice from the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission on the issue.

“We are committed to inclusion, and want all Australians to be able to play or participate in our game,” she said.

“These are complex issues and we are considering expert opinion, international frameworks and feedback from the communities that are impacted by our decisions.”