Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:27

Changes to birth certificate laws are an important step for trans and gender-diverse Victorians

Removing legal barriers that prevent trans and gender-diverse Victorians from living their true identity is a vital step towards equality. The Commission supports the Victorian Government’s proposed amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, introduced to Parliament today.

The Bill would allow trans and gender-diverse Victorians to change the sex recorded on their birth certificates without surgery. “The current law is out of step with community expectations, and we fully support the Victorian Government’s efforts to ensure fairer, more inclusive laws for trans and gender-diverse people living in Victoria,” says Catherine Dixon, Executive Director of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

“Requiring individuals to undergo sex affirmation surgery before they can alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate is an inappropriate and unnecessary medical constraint. Removing these requirements from Victorian law and allowing people to choose a sex descriptor that accurately represents them are vital steps towards helping trans and gender-diverse Victorians to live their lives free from discrimination,” Ms Dixon says.

The Bill would bring Victorian law in line with other state and territory legislation that already includes such provisions. It will also address gaps in the current law affecting young people. The Bill would allow trans and gender-diverse young people to alter the sex on their birth certificate with the backing of their parents and a supporting statement from a doctor, registered psychologist or another prescribed person.

If you’ve experienced discrimination or harassment because of your sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, you can make complaint to the Commission on 1300 292 153. Our free, fair and timely dispute-resolution service can help to resolve your complaint.

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Email: megan.breen@veohrc.vic.gov.au  

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