Gay marriage has been legal in Australia nationwide since 2018, following a national plebiscite (conscience vote) on the issue, which demonstrated that the majority of Australians are in favour of gay marriage.
Many famous public figures in Australia are openly homosexual, including retired High Court judge, Michael Kirby, and politicians such as Senator Penny Wong. LGBT individuals and couples will generally be safe and accepted by locals when visiting Australia. The cautions that LGBT people should take are no greater than the common sense precautions applicable to the UK and the USA. It should be noted that capital cities are likely to be far more tolerant and accepting than smaller towns and remote communities. When visiting smaller towns and communities, LGBT individuals may run into problems if disclosing their sexuality or acting or dressing in a way that does not conform to traditional gender norms. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon, regardless of the couple’s sexuality. As a variety of religions are practised in Australia and the country has a large, ethnically diverse immigrant population, individual beliefs about LGBT people and topics like gay marriage will vary considerably, even in the same cities and states.
The number '''000''' (called 'triple zero' or 'triple oh') can be dialled from any telephone in Australia free of charge. This number will connect you with emergency operators for the police, fire brigade, and ambulance service. The first question that the operator will ask is which service you need.