The Victorian Government has reintroduced a bill to Parliament which would make it easier for people to change the gender recorded on their birth certificate to male, female or any other gender descriptor of their choice.
- Children would be able to change their gender if their choice was supported by their parents and a medical professional
- The bill was introduced by Labor in 2016 but failed to win support from the Coalition
- Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said he would like to see the details of the bill in its current form before making a decision
The bill was first introduced in 2016 when it was opposed by the Coalition and failed to pass.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he was hopeful the legislation would have the support it needed the second time around.
"In this state, equality is not negotiable and we are well-known — and I think well-viewed — for that fact that we treat every Victorian equally with respect and dignity and that who you are is enough, you're valued for exactly who you are," he said.
Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien said he would like to see the details of the bill in its current form before making a decision on whether or not to support the legislation.
"We don't know if it's going to be exactly the same bill, or a different bill, or slightly different, so we'll see the detail and we'll make a reasoned decision," he said.
"I suppose society is grappling with that question of, is a birth certificate supposed to reflect how you were born, or does it reflect how you identify at a point in time?"
Under the proposal, Victorians could choose their own gender description, but the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages would be able to reject any descriptions that are obscene or offensive.
The bill would also allow children to alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate, provided they had support from their parents and a statement of support from a doctor, registered psychologist or other "prescribed person".