Victorian senior high school students sitting their major exams can now identify as having an “undefined gender” on the exam forms.
The personal details forms this year issued by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority allow students sitting their VCE and VCAL exams to specify whether they are male (M), female (F) or “gender X” (X), the authority said on its website.
The VCAA say they made the change for senior secondary students after an increase in requests from pupils who are transgender or identify as “a gender that is not exclusively male or female.”
“Schools also expressed similar concerns on behalf of students,” a VCAA spokesperson told News Corp.
“The inclusion of Gender X in student records is of importance to the health and welfare of individual students who do not identify as male or female.”
Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said schools must cater to all pupils.
“We do have young people in our education system who are gender diverse so it is about reflecting and respecting every student,” he said.
The VCAA say they may use the new “gender X” statistics in reports that distinguish genders, including those comparing male and female VCE results.
In January, the South Australian Education department announced a new policy allowing transgender students to use their preferred names, access toilets matching their gender identity and wear the school uniform of their choice.