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The Australian Government has made changes to functions overseen by the Attorney-General's Department and Department of Home Affairs. These changes involve the transfers of:

  • identity and biometrics functions into the Attorney-General's Department
  • protective security policy and government and major event security functions to the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender

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The guidelines commenced on 1 July 2013.

The guidelines apply to all Australian Government departments and agencies that maintain personal records (including employee records), and/or collect sex and/or gender information.

The guidelines help people who are transgender, intersex and gender-diverse to  ensure their Australian Government records accurately reflect their sex and/or gender. 

Increased consistency in the way the Australian Government collects and records sex and gender information will strengthen Australia's identity security system, the integrity of agency records and the accuracy of individual personal records. This is in line with the Australian Government's approach to identity security.

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If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please address them to the Human Rights Unit at

Human Rights Unit
Address: 3-5 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600