Australians will now be able to select their preferred gender on a passport without having to undergo gender assignment surgery. A supporting note from a physician will be all that is required to assign the gender on an Australian passport for those citizens who are transgender or intersex.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd said:
“This amendment makes life easier and significantly reduces the administrative burden for sex and gender diverse people who want a passport that reflects their gender and physical appearance.”
The update to passport rules follows recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Files and is only expected to affect a handful of Australians.