Draft Guidelines on Recognition of Sex and Gender

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Comment is now sought on the draft guidelines. Submissions close on Friday 19 April 2013.

The Australian Government has developed draft national guidelines to ensure a consistent standard of evidence for people changing or establishing sex and/or gender in Commonwealth records, and a consistent approach to the collection of sex and/or gender information across Government.

These guidelines build on the amendments to the passport policy for sex and gender diverse applicants announced in 2011. They are also a commitment under the National Human Rights Action Plan and one of the recommendations from the Australian Human Rights Commission report, Sex Files: the legal recognition of sex in documents and government records.

The draft guidelines and more information are available from the Attorney-General’s website .

There is no prescribed format for submission, and personal experiences or observations are welcome. You can email your submissions by email (preferred) or by post to:

Gender Recognition Guidelines Consultation
Human Rights Policy Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
3-5 National Circuit

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)