Queensland Driver’s License to be Gender Free

Transport Queensland has decided to take gender off Queensland licenses.

The department of transport and main roads confirmed last night that licenses will no longer detail gender or height to comply with the new anti-discrimination laws.

Information such as eye and hair colour have also been removed as it may be perceived as “discriminatory.” 

The state government revealed that there had been complaints made against the current licenses, calling for gender to be removed. However spokesperson for the Roads Minister, Mark Bailey explained that the reason for the change was the anti-discrimination laws and technology advancements that meant data was not required for identification.

The change was set in motion in October 2016 when Transport and main Roads department stopped recording gender and height. People with a license specifying height and gender can apply for an updated license.

However, drivers are still required to select a gender when applying for a license, but this information will not be displayed on the physical license. Policemen can still see the nominated gender through their Qlite device.

Lead image: Skyline of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Jonathan Thomsen

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