Social

This section contains information regarding the social aspect of being transgender & gender diverse.

In time, this section will expand to include information about:

  • Coming out
  • Name and ID change
  • Aesthetics
  • Support groups
  • Legal support

Changing your personal details

Correcting and/or updating legal documents with name and sex/gender is a process handled at the State government level. As such, there may be different requirements for changing documents based on birthplace or place of residence.

Additionally, some institutions handle name and sex/gender marker change on documents concurrently. This may save time and money for the applicant, so it is recommended to investigate before making a submission.

Sex marker change

The Australian Government recognises that individuals may identify and be recognised within the community as a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as a gender which is not exclusively male or female. This should be recognised and reflected in their personal records held by Australian Government departments and agencies.[1]

Birth Certificate

Requirements for changing the sex marker on an Australian Birth Certificate vary by state. Also varying is the degree to which such a change is recorded. For instance, as per the Queensland Government: "Your new birth certificate will not state that your sex has changed, it will only show your sex after sexual reassignment surgery and state that your birth has been re-registered" [2].

Name change

To begin the legal process for changing your name, a good place to start is your state's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) or equivalent government body. The process may vary from state to state, and there may be additional requirements such as birthplace or duration of residency before you are able to change your name in any given state.

State Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages link
New South Wales NSW Name Change
Victoria VIC Name Change
Queensland QLD Name Change
Western Australia WA Name Change
Australian Capital Territory ACT Name Change
South Australia SA Name Change
Northern Territory NT Name Change
Tasmania TAS Name Change

Communities

You are not alone. Find a list below containing various trans & gender diverse related support and/or social groups. If you have a group you'd like to be included, please get in touch via transhealthau@gmail.com.

Support


The Gender Centre Inc.

Main focus on housing, regular support groups, and case management.

  • Young Women's Support Group
  • Women's Support Group
  • Over 55 Support Group
  • F.T.M. Connect Support Group
  • Queer Agenda
  • Transgender Asylum Seekers and Refugees Support Group

41-43 Parrammatta Road, Annandale NSW 2038


Twenty10

Youth group, targeting age 12-25 (as stated on their website) and specialising in housing, mental health, counselling and social support.

45 Chppen Street, Chippendale NSW 2008


Qlife

National, free, anonymous support line/webchat and referral service directed by the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

Call 1 800 184 527, 5:30 - 10:30pm everyday

Webchat

Social

Trans Sydney Pride

Sydney's Transgender Friendship

FTM Sydney

Sources


  1. https://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Documents/AustralianGovernmentGuidelinesontheRecognitionofSexandGender/AustralianGovernmentGuidelinesontheRecognitionofSexandGender.pdf ↩︎

  2. https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/birth-registration-and-adoption-records/note-a-change-of-sex-in-a-birth-or-adoption-register ↩︎