Changing your date of birth, name or gender identity

You are required to ensure your personal information on your RMIT student record is correct and up to date for the duration of your enrolment and during periods of approved leave.

Corrections

If, before you enrol, you see an error has occurred during the recording of your name, date of birth or gender identity, you must advise us so we can amend our records by visiting RMIT Connect or by telephoning +61 3 9925 5000 (select option 3) during business hours.

Note: If you have received an offer in a vocational education program for a government subsidised place, correcting your date of birth may have an impact on your eligibility for your place. For more information please refer to Eligibility for a government subsidised place.

Formal change of name or gender identity

If, during your study, you legally change your name or you change your gender identity your RMIT student record can be formally changed by the following process:

Name

RMIT can update your legal name on your student record if it has changed. Unfortunately RMIT is currently unable to record your preferred name. Only your legal name will be recorded.

If you have legally changed your name, you must complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect in person with an original or certified copy of a valid identity document that states your correct legal name.

Types of documentation that can be accepted for your legal change of name differ, depending on the reason for the change.

Please consult the table below for the appropriate form of evidence for your particular circumstance:

Reason for name change

Documents accepted

Marriage/registered partnership

  • Marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)
  • Registered Relationship certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)

Separation/divorce

  • Marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)
  • Registered Relationship certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent), and
  • Birth certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)

Name change

  • Deed poll – if name changed before 1 November 1986
  • Change of Name Certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – if name changed after the 1 November 1986, or
  • an overseas equivalent of either of these two document types

Order of name on testamur (certificate)

RMIT cannot issue your testamur in a name that is different from the name that appears on your RMIT student record (your legal name). However, RMIT will allow you to select the order that your names appear on your testamur when you apply to graduate. If you legally change your name you can also indicate the name order for your testamur when completing a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p).

Gender identity

You may request an update to your student record to reflect your gender identity. You may choose to have your gender recorded as Male (M), Female (F) or Other (X).

The option of selecting ‘Other (X)’ is available if you do not identify as male or female.

To amend your gender identity you need to complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect. You can submit the form online via My enquiries by clicking the Ask a Question button (student login required).

Generally, you will not be required to provide documentation to change your gender identity information held on your student record.

Note: RMIT University is subject to government reporting and legislative requirements, and, in some circumstances, we may request evidence to verify your identity to ensure you continue to receive services and/or entitlements.

Change of title

You may also request RMIT to change your title. Available titles include:

  • Mr
  • Mrs
  • Ms
  • Miss
  • Mx (gender-neutral title and may be used by any person).

To amend your title you need to complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect. You can submit the form online via My enquiries by clicking the Ask a Question button (student login required).

Documentation is not required to change your title.

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