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Vic transgender birth certificate bill

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016

Transgender and intersex Victorians will be able to change the sex on their birth certificates under a new bill.

Transgender Victoria's Chair Brenda Appleton said the lives of transgender people would be improved under the reforms, introduced into parliament on Thursday.

"This reform is extremely important for the trans and gender diverse community," Ms Appleton said.

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016 would remove the need for applicants to undergo sex reassignment surgery and be single before being able to apply for a new birth certificate.

The bill will also enable parents to apply for their child's gender to be changed on their birth certificate with the child's consent.

Children over the age of 16 will be assumed to have capacity to consent.

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