The Western Australian Law Reform Commission has recommended leaving gender off birth certificates, as well as adding a third official option of non-binary.
Under current laws, children are assigned a gender by their parents before they reach 60 days of age.
Critics say this is discriminatory to intersex people, places pressure on parents to nominate a gender, and makes officially changing a gender more arduous, as it means a change of birth certificate, reports ABC News.
The commission recommends the birth certificate gender field should be left blank and a classification held on a confidential state register.
The classification would include three options: male, female or non-binary.
A person could apply to the Registrar for a ‘proof of sex certificate’.
The WALRC’s chair Dr David Cox said the changes would not make any difference to the vast majority of the population.
“It’s not going to affect the fabric of society, it’s not doing anything really but it’s going to make life a lot easier for a small group of people,” Dr Cox said.
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