Article updated 13 Jan 2018 12:01am. Queensland Government Media Release Statement on changes to Queensland licences
Attribute to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads:
TMR continues to collect and record information on gender when a person applies for a licence.
This information continues to be available to police through technological advances.
For example, police have 24-7 access to this information, including the digital photograph as it appears on the licence, through QLite tablet devices.
TMR has advised that other jurisdictions are making similar changes, which first came into effect in Queensland in October 2016.
There was no cost to taxpayers.
The primary drivers for the changes were:
1) amendments to the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act in 2013; and
2) improvement to biometric imaging and facial recognition technologies that made much of the information previously collected redundant for identification purposes.
Attribution: Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Queensland Licence types, classes and conditions
Your licence has information about you, which vehicles you can drive and the conditions you must follow while driving.
If you are a provisional or learner licence holder, you must carry your licence with you when you are driving and show it to a police officer if asked. However, if you hold an open licence and are driving a car or riding a motorcycle, you may be given 48 hours to present your licence at a police station.
Information recorded on your licence includes a photo of your face and your:
- date of birth
- residential address
- gender (not after 1 October 2016)
- height (not after 1 October 2016).
Driver licence classes Queensland Government Website
What is Gender neutrality
Gender neutrality: gender-neutral), also known as gender-neutralism or the gender neutrality movement, describes the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions should avoid distinguishing roles according to people’s sex or gender, in order to avoid discrimination arising from the impression that there are social roles for which one gender is more suited than another.
Proponents of gender neutrality may support public policies designed to eliminate gender distinctions, such as gender-neutral bathrooms, with public restrooms being available without distinguishing the gender of the person using them. It has been observed that gender neutrality in the law has changed the nature of custody disputes, making it more likely that men will be awarded custody of their children in the event of a divorce.
The legal definition of gender has been a controversial topic particularly to transgender people; in some countries in order to be legally defined as a new sex people must first undergo sterilisation.
An issue related to gender neutrality is the gray areas that exist in gender. Trying to legally define the boundaries of gender has proven a difficult issue with the existence of people who identify or who are identified by others as intersex, third gender, transgender and more generally genderqueer or non-binary.
Someone who identifies as gender blind takes the perspective of gender neutrality in everyday life. Similar to this is pansexuality, where the person is not necessarily totally gender blind, but in their sexual preference they make no distinction between the gender of their sexual partners.
If you have changed your sex, you must submit a letter on a registered doctor’s (including a general practitioner or psychiatrist) or psychologist’s official letterhead stating the following or substantially similar:
Gender neutrality emphasises the equal treatment of men and women and people of any other gender legally with no discrimination whatsoever. This goal is in principle shared with both feminists and masculists. However, in gender neutralism, the emphasis is on transcending the perspective of gender altogether rather than focusing on the rights of specific genders.
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Sourcers: Queensland Government Website and Wikipedia