Experiences of transgender parents in Australia - partner survey

The survey for this research project is now closed

Is your co-parent transgender or gender diverse?

This study is looking at the parenting experiences and subjective wellbeing of transgender parents and their co-parents.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to develop an understanding and awareness of the experiences of transgender parents and their co-parents, and how people foster their own wellbeing whilst caring for their families.

Who is invited?

Anyone who's co-parent is transgender or gender diverse, living in Australia, or from Australia, and who is aged 18 years or over.

Do you have a choice?

Participation is totally voluntary. If you decide not to be involved, there will be no negative consequences. You can change your mind and quit the study at any time and you don't have to give any reasons if you don't want to.

What does this study involve?

You will be asked to complete an online survey about your background and about some of your experiences as a parent. At the end of the survey, you will be given an option of further participation in a one-on-one interview, at a time convenient to you.

Who is conducting the study?

This study is conducted by Rosie Charter, a PhD candidate with the Centre for Health Research, at Western Sydney University. Rosie is under the Supervision of Professor Jane Ussher, at Western Sydney University. The study is an unfunded project, conducted in fulfilment of the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

What are the benefits/positives?

You may not receive any direct benefit from this study. However, you may find that discussing your experiences provides you with a greater understanding of yourself and your experiences. This study will also create greater community awareness of the unique experiences of transgender parents, their co-parents and their families.

Are there any risks?

Sometimes answering questions or talking about certain experiences can be difficult, so if you decide to take part in the study, we will do whatever we can to make sure you feel safe and comfortable.

If you have some discomfort after completing the survey, and feel as though you would like to talk to someone, please feel free to contact the number below:

Qlife, an LGBTI service - 1800 184 527 - 5:30pm-10:30pm service

Or Lifeline on 13 11 14 – 24hour service


Everything you give or say to us will be confidential. No one will know you have taken part in this study except those you tell or the researcher involved in the study. We will make sure no one will find out that you have taken part. All your information will be stored safely and securely at Western Sydney University.

Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?

Participation in the survey will not cost you anything and there is no payment. However, if you choose to take part in the second stage of the study, a one-on-one interview, there is reimbursement in the form of a $25 gift card.

What will happen with the results?

The findings of the research will be disseminated as part of a doctoral thesis, and may also be submitted for publication in an academic journal. Additionally, a report of the results will be available to any participant or LGBTI group who wishes to view it.*Please note that the minimum retention period for data collection is five years.


This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H11272.

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Office of Research Services on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 Fax +61 2 4736 0013 or email humanethics@westernsydney.edu.au

Contact details

If you have some questions and would like to know more about the study or experience any problems while on the study, please contact the researcher, Rosie Charter, on (02) 46203592 or r.charter@westernsydney.edu.au