Queensland driver's licences will no longer specify gender

The changes to Queensland driver's licenses are part of an anti-discrimination effort.
The changes to Queensland driver's licenses are part of an anti-discrimination effort. Photo credit: Getty

Driver's licences in Queensland will no longer include gender, height, hair or eye colour as part of an anti-discrimination makeover.

Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) confirmed on January 11 that licence cards would no longer display such details, reports The Courier-Mail.

TMR stopped recording drivers' gender and height for new and renewed licences in October 2016.

The decision to stop displaying certain details on licences was partially fuelled by complaints that collecting the information could be discriminatory, according to an internal document obtained by The Courier-Mail. 

"TMR has received complaints and suggestions from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community about displaying gender/sex [M or F] on TMR cards," the leaked document reportedly stated.

The document also said TMR had received feedback that "the collection of personal information [eye and hair colour, complexion, height] may be perceived as discriminatory by some members of the community".

But a government spokesman said the change was prompted by federal anti-discrimination laws, rather than individual complaints. He also said progressions in technology meant collecting such information was no longer necessary to identify someone.

Current Queensland licence holders will be able to apply for replacement cards that don't include their gender, height and hair or eye colour.

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