The debate over changes to Victoria's birth certificate legislation has led to claims that it is "post-modern mumbo jumbo" from conservative MPs, but for trans men and women, the changes will significantly reduce the hurdles involved in basic life events like enrolling in school or applying for a job.

Under current Victorian law, people must be single, have gender reassignment surgery and obtain a medical certificate in order to change their birth certificates. This means married people must divorce, and surgery -- which not every trans person wants -- can cost more than $20,000.