Australia to Ease Transgender Passport Regulations, Add “X” Gender

In a recent press release, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Attorney General Robert McClelland announced that Australia is easing regulations for transgender people who wish to change their gender on their passport. The new guidelines no longer require proof of sexual reassignment surgery or a changed birth certificate.

Additionally, a third “X” category will be added to accommodate intersex Australians who do not identify as male or female.

“Sex and gender diverse people now have the option of presenting a statement from a medical practitioner supporting their preferred gender,” Minister 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.”

According to CNN, the Australian Passport Office elaborated, “A letter from a medical practitioner certifying that the person has had, or is receiving, appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition to a new gender, or that they are intersex and do not identify with the sex assigned to them at birth, is acceptable.”

“Most people take for granted the ability to travel freely and without fear of discrimination,” Attorney-General McClelland said. “This measure will extend the same freedoms to sex and gender diverse Australians.”

He added, “While it’s expected this change will only affect a handful of Australians, it’s an important step in removing discrimination for sex and gender diverse people.”


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Aimee A.
Aimee A5 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Giuliana A.

Great and is so simple!!!

Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L6 years ago

Plenty of women who look like men and the other way around have been traveling without having to do anything but look like a head shot.

Phil w.
Phil w6 years ago

Sounds good but what happens when someone listed as gender X tries to enter a less enlightened country.

Emily Drew
Emily Drew6 years ago

Great news! Now, the ret of the world needs to follow!

Robyn B.
Robyn Vorsa6 years ago

Makes me proud to be an Aussie.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

Now if the rest of the world will get in step.

Phoebe C.
Phoebe C.6 years ago

I celebrate that we Australians finally acknowledges more of our citizens!

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Good first step.