From: Kathy Noble
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 2:49 PM
Can you please tell me where I can find the information on “Change of Name and Sex?”
Thank you, as we are trying to put this together under the changed ruling from July 2005 that means we now have to send in an amended Birth Certificate (BC) after Sex Re-assignment Surgery (SRS) along with Surgeons letter, Change of Name via BDM, Photo, Fee and Application form.
This was not known until recently, and as many who were born in UK can now amend their BC, we need to know what to do if they are Australian citizens, or not.
I also understand that we can obtain a “Temporary Validity Passport, if going off shore to check out facilities” Is this correct?
Love and Peace,
Kathy Anne Noble
President of Changeling Aspects.
Reply from Brisbane Passports Office - May 2002 -- ( 130 KB )
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: Information [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Thank you for your eMail of 16 April 2007.
Under section 8 of the Australian Passports Act 2005 (the 'Act') the Minister must be satisfied as to the person's Australian citizenship and identity before issuing an Australian passport. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Department) has developed processes to ensure that this requirement under the Act is met to ensure that Australian passports are issued only to eligible people. Applicants need to provide supporting documentation of either a full Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate as proof of their Australian citizenship and personal details. If the applicant's personal details have been amended such as a change of name or sex change following gender reassignment surgery the passport application should be supported by an amended birth certificate from State Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM).
The legal recognition of the sex of transgender people is primarily a matter for the States and Territories in Australia, as they are responsible for maintaining their respective Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). People born in Australia who have undergone gender reassignment surgery and apply for a full validity passport to be issued in their new gender are therefore required by the Department to provide a full birth certificate from the relevant RBDM recording their reassigned gender.
Those born overseas and do not have access to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages may provide a medical certificate from two registered medical practitioners confirming they have undergone reassignment surgery.
In all cases the issue of an Australian passport in the reassigned gender must be consistent with legal requirements in Australia.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for a Document of Identity (DOI) with a limited validity that includes a photograph of the bearer and can include a change of name (a change of name certificate can be obtained from a RBDM) but does not record the bearer's sex. The DOI would enable transgender people to travel overseas if required. The DOI is accepted by most countries provided the bearer meets the entry and visa requirements of the country. We suggest that the DOI bearer should contact the embassy or consulate of the country prior to departure.
The Department will continue to monitor the State and Territory policies on this issue and review our guidelines accordingly.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tel: +61 (0)2 6261 1165
Fax: +61 (0)2 6261 3204
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