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Here's how to
register your newborn online.
It's important to register your baby - the hospital doesn't do this for you.
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.
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.
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.
All births are registered according to two sources of information; the
Birth Registration Statement usually supplied by the parents, and a
notification provided by:
Every birth must be confirmed, as shown below.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If born in Australia:
Record of immigration status:
Additionally, you must prove your child's identity with one of the following:
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.