Birth Certificate

(Self-ID) Changes

In 2019, the Victorian Women's Guild campaigned agaist amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act that would allow for the natal sex as recorded on a birth certificate to be changed through a statutory declation.

The key ponts of the legislation follow.

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2019

The BDMRA (2019) amends to the BDMRA (1996).

Prior to the amendment, to change one’s sex in the birth register, Victorians had to undergo 'sex affirmation surgery’, which is a ‘surgical procedure involving the alteration of a person’s reproductive organs carried out for the purpose of assisting the person to be considered a member of the opposite sex’.

The amendment replaces this requirement with an ‘acknowledgement of sex application’, in which the applicant makes a statutory declaration to the effect that they believe their sex to be as nominated. Applications must include a supporting statement from a second person, and cannot be made more than once a year.

The act includes a few minor gate-keeping requirements:

See our Summary of the Bill for more details 

As part of our campaign, we held a public meeting on 'The Future of Sex-based Rights' in Aug  2019 at the University of Melbourne. The meeting was attended by about 100 people, including some State politicians. The meeting was recorded.