Sex and gender diverse passport applicants

Do Australian passports recognise the circumstances of sex and gender diverse Australians?

Yes. We issue passports to sex and gender diverse applicants.

Consistent with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, we print holders’ gender in the ‘Sex’ field of Australian passports. The gender markers we use are: M (male), F (female) and X (non-binary/indeterminate/intersex/unspecified/other).

You don’t have to undergo surgery to get a passport in your preferred gender. Instead, we only require:

  • a gender recognition certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM), or
  • a revised RBDM birth certificate showing your new gender, or
  • an RBDM recognised details certificate, or
  • an Identity Acknowledgment Certificate issued by the South Australian RBDM, or
  • a statement from a registered medical practitioner or psychologist on a B14 form (PDF 754KB)  confirming your gender.

If you’ve also changed your name, you’ll need to provide relevant name change documents.

If you’ve held an Australian passport in the past and are now applying in a different gender, you won’t be eligible for streamlined renewal, but you may be eligible for a free replacement passport.

Be aware that although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, people travelling on passports showing 'X' in the sex field may, for various reasons, encounter difficulties when crossing international borders. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. See Smartraveller’s Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex travellers for further advice.

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