Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 Review – Registering life events: Recognising sex and gender diversity and same-sex families

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) is reviewing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 (the Act).

The Act provides for the registration of life events including births, deaths and marriages, official changes of name and sex, and other matters. The Act also governs access to information, the issuing of life event certificates, the collection and dissemination of statistical information and verification of identity.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that registration services in Queensland remain relevant and responsive to community needs and expectations. The review seeks to identify ways to facilitate the delivery of services to meet current and emerging community needs and improve the collection, management and release of information held by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM).

As part of the review, three discussion papers will be progressively released. The first discussion paper, Registering of life events—Recognising sex and gender diversity and same-sex families, addresses issues relevant to registration services for sex and gender diverse Queenslanders, including:

  • collecting and registering a person’s sex
  • recording the reassignment of a person’s sex; and
  • recording same-sex families on the register.

Subsequent discussion papers will consider other key aspects of the legislation, including the functions and powers of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the use and disclosure of information and the registration of life events.

We are seeking your views on the questions outlined in the first discussion paper.

For more information, please contact the RBDM Act Review Team by email at or by post:

RBDM Act Review Team
PO Box 15188

Have your say

Have your say on the first discussion paper, Registering life events—Recognising sex and gender diversity and same-sex families. You can tell us your thoughts and respond to the first discussion paper by: