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Questionnaire module

Mandatory question requirements

A gender identity question is required to:

  • be suitable for self-completion
  • cater for all gender identities. Be-all inclusive – allowing for the capture of male, female and gender diverse information as a minimum
  • elicit a single response as a minimum. Multiple responses are acceptable. 

Points to consider when you develop a gender identity question:

  • it is preferable to have a question with write-in facility, to allow the respondent to fully describe their gender identity
  • the term ‘gender diverse’ is a relatively new term and may be unfamiliar to some
  • it is preferable to include the words ‘gender’ with ‘identity’ or ‘identify’ in a gender identity question (to eliminate ambiguity/confusion about the concept). 

The following question examples comply with the requirements of this standard and offer possible options on question wording and structure. Questions developed to suite individual needs and modes of collection may vary from these examples, but must conform to the requirements.

Examples

What gender do you identify as?

□ Male
□ Female     
□ Gender diverse, please state: …………………………….

What gender do you identify as?

□ Male
□ Female
□ Gender diverse 

What gender do you identify as? …………………………….

What is your gender identity? …………………………….

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