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OII has been made aware of these changes by Ms Lisa Karma an assistant registrar with BDM.
The NSW registry is now prepared to make amendments to a birth certificate because of a mistaken assignment at the time of Birth.
Below is The part of the legislation that allows this and a case study supplied by Ms Karam.

Intersex individuals in NSW who wish to discuss this or make application to have their birth certificates amended should contact either Lisa Karam or Sharon Swinbourne

Ms Karam has informed me that each case will be considered on a case by case basis. Some relevant considerations are medical diagnosis, lived experience , gender preference and presentation. There no hard line on the kinds of documentation or experiences needed to have a change made, rather a compassionate consideration of all the details will inform decisions.

OII Australia thanks both Sharon Swinbourne and Lisa Karam for their sensible and compassionate consideration in this matter. OII Australia will continue to work with the NSW Attorney general and BDM in the implantation of long term policies and strategies for Intersex individuals

Births deaths and marriages have provided the following information.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 No 62
Current version for 16 September 2009 to date (accessed 9 November 2009 at 13:45)

Part Division 3

Division 3 Correction of Register

45 Correction of Register

(1) The Registrar may correct the Register:
(a) to reflect a finding made on inquiry under Division 2, or
(b) to bring an entry about a particular registrable event into conformity with the most reliable information available to the Registrar of the registrable event.
(2) The Registrar must, if required by a court, correct the Register.
(3) The Registrar corrects the Register by adding or cancelling an entry in the Register or by adding, altering or deleting particulars contained in an entry.


Customer was born intersex in the late 1960's in New South Wales. Customer was registered with BDM as female but over the next forty years this was to prove to be incorrect. Customer supplied medical documentation outlining to the Registrar various diagnosis and procedures he had endured over a long period of time.[/size][size=12]

Registrar amended the birth record of this person to show the correct gender. Registrar also added the person's details to a child he had fathered regardless of the original birth registration as female.


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Re: New South Wales Births registry
Post on Thu 12 Nov 2009, 6:35 am by DianneB
Very good!

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Registrar also added the person's details to a child he had fathered regardless of the original birth registration as female.

You have to get a chuckle out of the way bureaucrats think! The original registration was "female" ... how DARE he father a child in defiance of the government classification! LOL!
Re: New South Wales Births registry
Post on Thu 29 Jul 2010, 3:57 am by Jonalyn
I think this is my case now with regards to my public document, I was registered as male in our local civil registrar at the time of my birth due to my outside genitalia which appears ovotestis & my parents seems so ignorant & not educated about this case so they just pressume am a male, without any medical consultation. When I reach puberty at age 14 I got my first ovulation period then my mother again registered me as female. Because of this mistake, I am the one who suffered the most, I have duplicitous birth certificates which was taken in the court and its really hard in my part because court says the first certificate should prevail & they asked me to undergo medical examinations like hormone evaluation & etc. for me to proved that I am a real woman. My life was in ruin because of this. How I wish I can work on it like what NSW has been doing right now.
Re: New South Wales Births registry
Post on Thu 29 Jul 2010, 6:18 am by Gina
Hi Jonalyn Glad to see you here. :-)
Re: New South Wales Births registry
Post on Thu 29 Jul 2010, 10:30 am by Jonalyn
I'm glad also to be back in the fold Gina, I miss the group & now tryin' my very best to be an active member & contributor. Thanks for the warm welcome...
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