In a worldwide first, Australians will be able to choose from three gender options when they apply for a passport: male, female and indeterminate. The revamped guidelines are intended to reduce discrimination against transgender and intersex Australians abroad.
"This initiative is in line with the Australian Government's commitment to remove discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or sex and gender identity," said the Australian Passport Office. "The policy removes unnecessary obstacles to recording a person's preferred gender in their passport."
Instead of identifying gender with the traditional M or F, intersex people - individuals who do not identify as completely male or female, biologically - can list their gender as X in their travel docs. Transgender people - whose biological gender doesn't match the way they see themselves - won't be able to use the "X", but will be able to choose male or female if they have a doctor's statement that says they're transitioning.