The Registry records all births that occur in NSW. We use the details from the birth registration record to produce a NSW birth certificate. Parents are responsible for registering the birth of their newborn within 60 days. More information about births:
Registering the birth of your child is important so that your child is officially recognised by the State of NSW, giving them the same rights as other people. Without registering your child, it may not be possible for them to access public facilities such as Medicare or Centrelink.
The Registry keeps a permanent record of the registration so parents or children can obtain a birth certificate at any time. Some information may also be used for important medical research and community planning purposes, but is kept strictly confidential and only you or your child, or a legal guardian can purchase a copy of the birth certificate.
The hospital supplies the new mother with the "Birth Registration Statement". This form must be completed
accurately and mailed to the Registry within 60 days of the birth. A birth certificate application is included and the usual certificate fee applies.
If any changes to the child's name are requested by the parent/s, they will need to pay and apply for a:
Change of Name.
13 77 88 if you:
From 17 September 2008 the
Miscellaneous Act Amendment Act means that both women in a same sex de facto relationship may be recognised on their child's birth certificate. The same Birth Registration Statement is issued by the hospital to all mothers.
The Registry has extended the proof of identity requirements to birth registrations. Each parent is required to produce three identity documents from the categories shown at:
Birth certificate - Identification.
This move will strengthen privacy protection, better secure your child's identity and reduce errors. New birth registration forms have been distributed to hospitals throughout NSW. If you require further information, phone:
13 77 88, or:
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 (BRS) usually supplied by the parents, and a
notification provided by:
Every birth must be confirmed by a notification, as shown in the requirements 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;
If the birth occurred in a location other than a hospital with a registered doctor or registered midwife in attendance;
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:
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, states that parents must register their baby within 60 days of birth.
To avoid delays in getting your child's birth certificate it is best to register your child within the 60 days. However if you take longer this is called a 'late registration' and may take longer to process.
The State's priority is to support all parents to register their child. A late registration requires strict verification of the child's details, and more proof of identification will be required. For this reason, it is not always possible to process these applications quickly due to the extra requirements.
As parents, you may use any of the following to prove your identity:
Additionally, you must prove your child's identity with one of the following:
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.
Photocopies are only accepted if certified by a qualified witness as true and correct copies of the originals. The following persons can certify your ID.
NSW law says that every child must be registered and this is best done as soon as possible. Once your child is registered you don't need to do anything else until you want to purchase a birth certificate.
A birth certificate provides legal evidence of age, place of birth, and parents' details. Without this proof of identity, provided by birth registration, your child may not be able to access some of their rights and privileges, including their:
Please apply for a birth certificate from the Registry and we will contact you to assist with the registration. For more information, please