Births

On this page:


    Information for:

    Registering a birth

    Here's how to register your newborn online.

    Register your baby before they're 8 weeks old

    It's important to register your baby - the hospital doesn't do this for you.

    Registering births from same sex relationships

    From 17 September 2008 the Miscellaneous Act Amendment Act means that two women in a same sex de facto relationship may be recognised on their child's birth certificate.

    Assisted reproductive technology

    If your child was born via assisted reproductive technology using donated sperm or ovum (egg) you may choose to answer 'Yes' to the question in the Birth Registration Statement.

    • Was the child a result of assisted reproductive technology using donated sperm or ovum?

    This question is not compulsory for you to answer. If you answer 'Yes' to this question, your child will receive a notification if they obtain a birth certificate after the age of 18 stating there may be further information available from the relevant authority under the 'Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007'.

    If you have lodged a Birth Registration Statement for a birth that occurred on or after 4 May 2016 and wish to amend it with information about assisted reproductive technology, please complete an Application to Correct an Entry.

    Registering a homebirth

    All births are registered according to two sources of information; the Birth Registration Statement usually supplied by the parents, and a notification provided by:

    • the hospital in which the birth occurred (or a child and mother taken to within 24 hours of the birth), or
    • by a doctor or registered midwife who attended the birth, or
    • by independent witnesses who saw the birth occur.

    Every birth must be confirmed, as shown below.

    Unplanned homebirth - child in hospital within 24hrs

    If the birth occurred at home or in a location other than a hospital and the child is taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth; the hospital should notify the Registry of the birth. The mother must register the baby within 60 days of the birth.

    Birth with a registered doctor or midwife

    If the birth occurred in a location other than a hospital with a registered doctor or registered midwife in attendance; the registered doctor or midwife will advise the Registry of the birth. The mother must register the baby within 60 days of the birth.

    Birth without a registered doctor or midwife

    If the birth occurred in a location other than a hospital without a registered doctor or midwife in attendance and the child was NOT taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth:

    • The mother should consider having two independent witnesses present at the birth (can't be parents of the child).
    • The witnesses must have seen the birth occur and complete a Section 44 Notice containing specific questions about the birth (prepared in the Registry).
    • Call us on 13 77 88 and provide your name and home address, and names and addresses of the two witnesses who saw the birth occur.
    • Section 44 Notice will be prepared and posted to you, and the witnesses.
    • Section 44 Notices must be completed and returned to the Registry by the dates specified on each Notice.
    • Complete the birth registration within 60 days of the child's birth.

    Registering after 60 days

    The State's priority is to support all parents to register their child. The Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, states parents must register their baby within 60 days of birth. A late registration requires strict verification of the child's details, and more proof of identification is required. For this reason, it is not always possible to process these applications quickly due to the extra requirements. 

    Identification

    To register a baby after 60 days, the parent(s) listed on the Birth Registration must supply legible photocopied identification for proof of identity from the list below.

    Parent(s) ID List

    Please provide three forms of ID, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3. If you are unable to provide ID from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three forms of ID. At least two of these must be from Category 3. 

    If you are unable to comply with these requirements, please contact us for further advice.  

    Category Identification Documents
    1

    If born in Australia:

    • An Australian Birth Certificate

    Record of immigration status:

    • Citizenship Certificate
    • New Zealand Citizenship Certificate together with passport
    • New Zealand Birth Certificate
    2
    • Australian Driver's Licence
    • Australian Passport
    • Firearms Licence
    • Foreign Passport
    • Proof of Age card
    3
    • Medicare Card
    • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs Card
    • Security/Crowd Control Licence
    • Tertiary Education Institution ID Card
    4
    • Recent utility account with current residential address

     

    Child's ID List

    Additionally, you must prove your child's identity with one of the following:

    • Medicare Card
    • Health Insurance Commission Immunisation Certificate (printed not written)
    • Pre-school or School Report
    • School Identification card
    • Letter from Preschool or Day-care Centre showing child's full name and date of birth
    • Certificate of Aboriginality (or letter from Land Council, Aboriginal Corp with common seal)
    • Medical Certificate from Doctor showing child's full name and date of birth
    • Centrelink Letter showing child's full name
    • Australian Private Medical Insurance Card (for non-permanent residents)
    • A court order stating who has "Parental Responsibility" for the subject child.

    Note - the first name and family name of the child must appear on the ID and match the name recorded on the Birth Registration. The Registry does not accept either the Blue Book or a Social Security Benefits Card as ID for the child. The only acceptable Identification is listed above.

    More information