Legally changing the gender on your birth certificate in Queensland is easy if you’ve had reassignment surgery – but what if you haven’t?
Gender is a hot topic today; more so than ever before, the fluidity between the sexes is becoming legally recognised around the world, including in Australia. In 2014, the ACT passed laws making it easier for people to change the gender on their birth certificate, with Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania looking into the issue as well, according to ABC Australia.
In 2014, the ACT passed laws making it easier for people to change the gender on their birth certificate.
Queensland also has its own set of regulations concerning a legal change of sex. Here is some more information about the legal process, as well as the controversies surrounding the legislation.
Gender reassignment in Queensland
The current law, according to the Queensland government, allows people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to legally change their sex on their birth certificate and other legal documents.
The certificate will not have any information suggesting that your gender has changed – it will only list your current sex. This might seem unsurprising, but many countries still have antiquated laws surrounding the issue. Four states in America still don’t allow citizens to legally change their gender, and many of the ones that do force them to note on the certificate that they have changed sex, according to Lambda Legal.
Queensland citizens can apply for a legal change of gender on their birth certificate.
In Queensland, there has been recent controversy around the legislation, with many transgender citizens claiming that they should be able to change their sex without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Janet Berry, from the Queensland Action Group for LGBTIQ+ Students, is appealing to the government for the rights of trans people who can’t or won’t have surgery.
Many transgender citizens claim that they should be able to change their sex without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
“Twice we’ve had the reply that it is not a priority,” she said to ABC Australia. “Considering that it’s a mental health issue for this group of people, we think it definitely should be.”
The issue was raised back in 2016 and the legislation has remained the same thus far – only time will tell whether or not it will change in favour of transgender residents.
How and when can I legally change my sex?
Queenslanders who have had gender reassignment surgery are eligible to change the sex on their birth certificates. Applicants must have already changed their name, be over the age of 18, prove that they are not married and provide declarations from two doctors confirming the surgery.
If you would like more information, or feel that you you use the help of a lawyer in this matter, get in touch with a WGC family lawyer today.