Practical Links

This page provides links to the websites of the government bodies responsible for registering births and issuing certificates in Australia, together with links to other agencies that may be able to help you obtain registration or certification.

NB: All State and Territory Births Deaths and Marriages registries in Australia also offer “Commemorative” Birth certificates (often for an increased fee) and short “Extracts of Birth” (at the same or lower price than a full birth certificate). Neither the “Commemorative” certificates , nor the “Extracts” are of any real use in most circumstances. A “Standard” full birth certificate is required for all practical purposes.

New South Wales 

The New South Wales Registry of Births , Deaths and Marriages (BDM)  can be found at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au

Information about how to REGISTER a birth in NSW can be found at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_bth.html#registerbirth , but the registration form itself is not available on line. If you haven’t been provided with a birth registration form at hospital, if you lose it, or if you are wishing to make a late registration (after 60 days) then ring 1300 655 236 to obtain one.

Information on how to make a LATE REGISTRATION is at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_bth.html#late_registration  When a birth is registered late you have to provide other forms of identification of the child, and of its parents. Copies of any documents used to prove identity for Late Registration must be certified by a Justice of the Peace, a notary public, a legal practitioner (holding a current practising certificate) or a person authorised to administer an oath under section 26 of the Oaths Act, 1900. Registering a birth is free.

Guidance on applying for a BIRTH CERTIFICATE can be found at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_bth/bdm_bct.html To obtain a birth certificate you will need to be able to provide other forms of identification. See HERE for details.  In New South Wales a Birth Certificate currently costs $51, including postage.

You can download the form needed to apply for a NSW birth certificate from HERE .

NSW BDM have a program using Indigenous staff to assist Indigenous People with birth registration and birth certificates. You can find out a little about it at http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_ats.html

In some situations, especially if you or your parents were members of the Stolen Generation, you may also be able to obtain support from LinkUp when attempting to obtain a certificate or register your birth later in life.

Northern Territory 

The Northern Territory Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages website is at http://www.bdm.nt.gov.au

Registering a birth is free in the Northern Territory, but a birth certificate costs $41, plus postage.

Information about REGISTERING A BIRTH in  the NT can be found at http://www.bdm.nt.gov.au/justice/bdm/births_deaths_marriages/births/birthreg.shtml

Information about OBTAINING A BIRTH CERTIFICATE in the NT is at http://www.bdm.nt.gov.au/justice/bdm/births_deaths_marriages/births/birthcert.shtml

If you want to obtain a birth certificate in the Northern Territory other than at the time of a child’s birth you will have to provide identification. The documents that can be used are listed at http://www.bdm.nt.gov.au/justice/bdm/births_deaths_marriages/other/idreqs.shtml  Normally in the Northern Territory there is no requirement to have copies of identity documents “certified” when seeking a birth certificate.

If  you are an Indigenous Australian in Central Australia and need help with obtaining identification or a birth certificate you can contact Tangentyere for assistance. The Tangentyere Card provides photo ID accepted by banks and various other institutions. See http://www.tangentyere.org.au/services/social_services/community_support/ 

In the Top End a similar service is provided by Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation - see  http://www.larrakia.com/#/info

Queensland

Information about REGISTERING A BIRTH in Queensland can be found at http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/justice-services/births-deaths-and-marriages/births/register-a-birth 

Queensland, unlike several other States,  provides application forms for birth registration on line. A copy for download can be found at http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/7473/birth-registration-application-form1.pdf

Registering a birth in Queensland within the first 60 days after birth is free. Late registrations , name changes in the registry, and obtaining a birth certificate, however , incur a fee. Details can be found at http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/54847/bdm-schedule-fee-list.pdf

A certified copy of a birth certificate currently costs $40.50c, plus the cost of postage.

The form to OBTAIN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE can be downloaded at http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/7468/BDM-form-2-Birth-Cert-Extract.pdf

In Queensland, if you are asked to provide certified copies of documents when trying to obtain a birth certificate, then they must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Barrister/Solicitor or Notary Public.

If you are an Indigenous person in Queensland, and having problems proving your identity, then the Community & Personal Histories team may be able to help you.

If you are a member of the Stolen Generations then Link-Up Queensland may also be able to help you.

South Australia

The South Australian Births Deaths and Marriages website is at http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/wcm/births-deaths-marriages/

BIRTH REGISTRATION forms are now available on-line, and can be partially completed in this fashion, or can be obtained by emailing registrations.bdm@agd.sa.gov.au or calling at their offices in person.  There is no fee for Birth Registration in South Australia.

To make a LATE REGISTRATION you need to complete a Birth Registration Statement. You can normally only register your own birth in South Australia if both your parents are dead. Contact registrations.bdm@agd.sa.gov.au for more information.

You can apply for a BIRTH CERTIFICATE on-line in South Australia, or use a paper application form - see http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/wcm/births-deaths-marriages/bdm-other-topics/apply-online/ Some of the forms can be found for download at http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/assets/files/bdm_four_in_one_form_14.pdf They can also be obtained at most S.A. Post Offices and Government Service Centres.

The fee for a standard BIRTH CERTIFICATE in South Australia is currently $46 (plus postage if required). Additional fees may be incurred if a name isn’t found on a first search, and has to be repeated using different variations of names.

Copies of documents provided to establish identity in South Australia when seeking a birth certificate do not normally need to certified.

Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory who were born in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia may also be able to obtain assistance in proving their identity from Tangentyere.

South Australian Link Up may be able to provide assistance if you are a member of the Stolen Generation, or were otherwise adopted, fostered or institutionalised as a child.

Victoria 

The Victorian Births Deaths and Marriages website is at http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au They have specific information relating to Koori birth registration and certification on there website HERE.  They have established a Koori Access Team, contactable by phone on (03) 9613 511 and by email at BDMIndigenousAccess@justice.vic.gov.au .

Forms for REGISTERING A BIRTH are normally provided by the hospital, medical facility or midwife at the time of the birth. Registration is free. You can apply for a copy of the birth certificate at the time of registering, but a fee of $29.20 is charged for a standard certificate.  Victoria has a process in place which may assist Indigenous people in financial difficulties to meet this fee. The Victorian legislation also provides the Registrar with the option of setting aside any fee if “appropriate”.

IN Victoria no fee is charged for LATE REGISTRATION but you will need to contact the Registry to obtain the necessary forms if you do not have one provided at the time of the birth. You will also have to provide additional certified documentation to prove the identity of both child and parents.

To obtain your BIRTH CERTIFICATE in Victoria follow the steps at http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/home/births/apply+for+a+birth+certificate/ . You can apply on-line, by mail, in person at the Registry, or at Justice Service Centres.

When you apply for a birth certificate , other than at the time of birth, you will have to prove identity by providing certified copies of documents. The documents required, and the procedure to follow, are listed at http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/utility/about+us/proof+of+identity/. Victoria normally has more limiting requirements than other States and Territories when it comes to the witnessing of certified copies of documents for the purpose of getting a birth certificate.  They can only be witnessed by a police officer, or by a Justice of the Peace operating in a police station or Justice Service Centre.

Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria have been working with various Indigenous community organisations to make the process simpler in this State, and to assist people whose births were never registered to obtain registration and a certificate.

Western Australia 

The Western Australian Births Deaths and Marriages Website is at http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/default.aspx

Forms for REGISTERING a birth are normally provided by the hospital, medical facility or midwife attending the birth, and if you lose the form ask them for a replacement.

No fee is normally charged for a LATE REGISTRATION, but the process of proof of identity to do so is likely to be more difficult. Contact the WA registry on ph. 1300 305 021 if you need assistance.

To obtain your BIRTH CERTIFICATE in Western Australia follow the process outlined here. In W.A. you can only apply in person or by mail .  You will also need to provide evidence of your identity. W.A. normally requires three separate forms of identification .

If you are applying for a Birth Certificate in person then you should take original identification documents if possible (Some parts of the WA BDM website indicate that certified copies are acceptable for “in person” applications, while others say only original documents can be used. Because of these confusions it is probably safer to take original documents, rather than relying on certified copies). In person applications can be made at the Perth Registry office or at various courts.

If you apply by mail then only use witnessed certified copies. Certified copies of identity documents in WA can be witnessed by people in quite a wide range of occupations, such as doctors, teachers, bank managers, lawyers, academics, police, chemists, veterinary surgeons, nurses, ministers of religion and post office managers. For a full list, and appropriate wording for the certification,  see here. A form to use when applying for a birth certificate by mail (or in person, if you want to complete the paperwork beforehand) can be downloaded HERE .

A Birth Certificate in Western Australia normally costs $44 including postage. The Registrar has the power to set any fee aside if they decide it is appropriate to do so.

W.A. Births Deaths and Marriages are aware of the particular problems which Indigenous Australians may have with birth registration and certificates. If you have difficulty with late registration or with obtaining a birth certificate, then contact them directly to discuss the matter.

Australian Capital Territory 

http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/births_deaths_and_marriages - This is a good starting point for all birth, deaths and marriages matters in the ACT. It provides information about the documents you will need if you wish to obtain a certificate, together with links to online forms, costs etc.

In the ACT an application for a birth certificate “over the counter” in the ACT costs $41. If you want to receive it by post the charge is $49.  There is no charge for Registering a Birth unless you request a certificate at the time.

http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/births_deaths_and_marriages/forms_and_fees allows you to download the forms you need and provides information about fees for certificates.

You can download a brochure about Indigenous Birth registration in the ACT from http://www.ors.act.gov.au/resources/attachments/Birth_Registration_for_Aboriginal_and_Torres_Strait_Islander_Persons.pdf

The form needed to register a birth in the ACT is available on-line. You can download it here.

You can contact BDM in the ACT on 02 6207 6444.


Tasmania 

The Tasmanian Births Deaths and Marriages website is at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/home

The normal Tasmanian process for REGISTERING A BIRTH within 60 days of it occurring can be found at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/births/howtoregister .  Registration within 60 days is free.

In Tasmania LATE REGISTRATION of a birth (after 60 days) requires you to apply for a birth certificate (which costs a non-refundable $45.26 plus $3.90 for postage, if required)  Once they have undertaken a search and provided you with a “no registration” certificate, you can then lodge an application for late registration.  Further documentation is also required. The details can be found at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/births/late_registrations

To apply for a BIRTH CERTIFICATE in Tasmania follow the instructions at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/births/applyforcertificate . The fee is currently $45.26 plus postage.

Copies of supporting documents when seeking a copy of your birth certificate do not need to be “certified”. A normal photocopy is usually sufficient.

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