VicRoads Revises Policy on Change of Gender

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 VicRoads has worked with the Victorian Human Rights Commission and Transgender Victoria to revise its change of gender policy for Victorians.

The policy previously presented a range of barriers for transgender people, including that it prevented those who have not undergone sex reassignment surgery from registering a change of gender at VicRoads.

VicRoads has now revised the policy to remove the distinction regarding sex reassignment surgery. The policy also offers a range of options regarding points of identification to register a change of gender.

The new policy is a significant step forward and reflects recent legal and policy developments in this area. These include the High Court decision of AB v Western Australia ([2011] HCA 42), recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in documents and government records report and the more recentAustralian Government guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender.

For more information about this policy visit vicroads.vic.gov.au

The website now says:

VicRoads is required to record your gender and title.

  • Your gender is recorded on our records. It does not appear on your driver licence.   
  • Your title is used for correspondence. It does not appear on your driver licence.
    Requirements to record a gender change are outlined below.

VicRoads does not require that you have completed sex affirmation surgery for your gender to be changed on your record. 

Documentation required VicRoads will….
You must supply any one of the following:

  • An ‘Alteration of Sex in Birth or Recognised Details’ certificate or equivalent from an Australian Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM)
  • A birth certificate or revised birth certificate that records the preferred gender from an Australian BDM
  • A gender recognition certificate from an Australian BDM
  • A State or Territory Gender Recognition Certificate 
  • A current or expired by no more than two years Australian passport that records your preferred gender
  • A letter from a registered medical practitioner who is registered with the Medical Board of Australia or equivalent overseas authority or from a registered psychologist who holds general registration status with the Psychology Board of Australia or equivalent overseas authority certifying that you are/have been their patient and are/have been receiving appropriate clinical treatment for the gender transition. The treatment does not have to be specified.
  • A letter from a registered medical practitioner who is registered with the Medical Board of Australia or equivalent overseas authority or from a registered psychologist who holds general registration status with the Psychology Board of Australia or equivalent overseas authority certifying that you are/have been their client/patient and are of indeterminate, intersex or unspecified sex and live in the male, female, indeterminate, intersex or unspecified gender.
  • change the sex indicator on your licence record (female, male, indeterminate, intersex, or unspecified)
  • change your title to your preference (eg. Mr, Ms, or Mx – which is a new gender-neutral title and may be used by any person)
  • if you have changed your appearance, take a new photo and issue a new permit or licence card.

 

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