The Australian Government has adopted the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender which state:
“Sex reassignment surgery and/or hormone therapy are not pre-requisites for the recognition of a change of gender in Australian Government records.”
All Australian Government departments and agencies are required to progressively align their existing and future business practices with these Guidelines by 1 July 2016. This includes Centrelink, Medicare, the Australian Passport Office, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Roads and Traffic Authorities, Police and any other Australia government departments.
To correct your sex marker with any Australian Government department or agency all you need is any one of the following:
a) a statement from a Registered Medical Practitioner or a Registered Psychologist (general registration) or
b) a valid Australian Government travel document, such as a valid passport, which specifies your preferred gender or
c) a state or territory birth certificate; or recognised details of a certificate showing your preferred gender.
For a full copy of these guidelines (word document or pdf) – download this 12 page document from the Australian Attorney-General’s Department webpage at Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender (external link – pdf)
Change of Name
In Australia, anyone can change their name. You’ll need to complete the appropriate forms from your local Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Registry in your state/territory.
Correcting your Birth Certificate (Legal Sex)
To correct your sex on your Australian Birth Certificate, you will need to complete the appropriate forms from your local Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Registry in your state/territory.