New laws passed to modernise birth certificates

Published Wednesday, 14 June, 2023 at 07:04 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

  • A person’s legal identity will be able to match their lived identity under new laws.
  • The laws also provide better recognition of same-sex and gender diverse parents.
  • This brings Queensland into line with most other jurisdictions.

Queensland Parliament has passed the Palaszczuk Government’s new laws to modernise birth certificates to better recognise diverse Queenslanders.

Under the new laws, trans and gender diverse people will no longer be required to undergo sexual reassignment surgery to formally register a change of sex.

To fully support trans and gender diverse people in their transition, a change of name will also now be able to be made at the same time as an alteration of sex.

For children aged under 16, the laws allow parents or guardians to apply directly to the registry where particular criteria are met, or for an application to be made through the Childrens Court.

Prior to altering a child’s record, the new laws require an assessment of the child by a developmentally informed practitioner who has an established, professional relationship with them.

The Palaszczuk Government’s new legislation also provides better recognition of same-sex and gender diverse parents. Both parents will be able to be registered as either ‘mother’ or ‘father’ on a child’s birth certificate.

Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath:

“This historic bill belongs to those in the LGBTIQA+ community who despite facing the brunt of vitriol, discrimination and hate have chosen to stand up and fight for legal recognition.

“I’m proud to pass these new laws that ensure every Queenslander can have their legal identity align with their lived identity.

“These laws also recognise same-sex and gender diverse parents by acknowledging the undeniable reality that a child can have more than one mother and more than one father.   

“I want Queensland’s rainbow community to know: your lives matter, your stories matter, and your struggles matter.”

Quotes attributable to spokesperson for Equality Australia and trans woman Ymania Brown:

“After a long community-led campaign, it’s hard to believe this day has finally come. It’s a life-changing moment for trans and gender diverse Queenslanders.

 “What most people in Australia take for granted as a simple piece of paper is for trans and gender diverse people the right to exist and be seen for who we are. 

 “Everyone deserves the respect and dignity of being recognised as themselves.”


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