Queensland licenses scrap height and gender information

Gender scrapped from Queensland driver's licences

Gender removed from Queensland driver's licences 'following LGBTI complaints'

The department, however, said drivers' licences becoming gender-free were due to the need to make driver's and marine licences compliant with new anti-discrimination laws, the Courier Mail reported.

However, News Corp reports a leaked document suggests the decision to remove gender and height from the licences came after complaints that collecting the information may be discriminatory.

Further personal information including eye and hair colour is also being scrubbed from records attached to licences because it may be "perceived as discriminatory", the document reveals.

A sample driver's licence without any details on gender or height. Source Qld Government
A sample driver's licence without any details on gender or height. Source Qld Government

"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 document states.

In the new format, eye colour, hair colour and height will also be removed from Queensland licenses, however personal information would still be collected and provided to police if required.

A sample driver's licence without any details on gender or height.

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While the state government reportedly confirmed a handful of complaints had been received last night, a spokesman for Roads Minister Mark Bailey claimed federal anti-discrimination laws and improvements in technology were behind the change.

Those who do not wish for their gender or height to appear on their current licence have the option of applying for a replacement.

From October 2016, drivers were still asked to nominate gender but it is not shown on the card. Members of the LGBTI community reportedly argued discrimination, but a government spokesman maintained that the change was due to a number of reasons.

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"The changes to federal legislation and technological improvements were not identified as drivers of change in that document", the spokesman said.

In a move that could be seen as bowing to political correctness, Opposition Leader Deb Freckleton was quoted by The Courier Mail, describing the changes as "madness" and that the Government needed to focus on real issues, not political correctness.

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