In Victoria, if you've had sex affirmation surgery, you can apply to have your change of sex recognised.

If you were born in Victoria:

  • Apply to have your change of sex recognised on your birth certificate. There's no history of change of sex recorded on the certificate.

If you weren't born in Victoria, currently live in Victoria, and have lived in Victoria for the past 12 months:

  • Apply for a Recognised Details certificate that recognises your change in sex.


To be eligible, you need to:

  • Be unmarried
  • be 18 or older
  • have undergone sex affirmation surgery, as defined by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996:
    • 'Sex affirmation surgery 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 to be a member of the opposite sex'.

How to apply

To apply for a change of sex on either a birth certificate or a Recognised Details certificate, you need to:

  • Complete an alteration of sex application form
  • Provide proof of your identity
  • Provide either:
    • 2 statutory declaration forms from separate medical practitioners verifying that you have had sex affirmation surgery, or
    • A current interstate recognition certificate issued under the law of that state that identifies you as being of a particular sex.


Changes to Birth Certificate Recognised Details Certificate 
Application fee: $74.90 (doesn't include new certificate) $107.90
Birth certificate: $33.00 Includes application fee + certificate

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