The Registry is reviewing the content of NSW birth certificates. Birth certificates have appeared in their current format for many decades, with only minor changes to content during that time. Due to the changing composition of families in Australia and changes in how birth certificates are used, we are seeking the views of community and government agencies on what information should appear on a birth certificate.
A birth certificate is used to establish identity and enable individuals to establish their rights and discharge their obligations in respect of services provided by the government and private sectors. A birth certificate can also establish at least a part of a person’s genetic history. Birth registration details are recorded in accordance with the Births, Deaths and Marriage Registration Regulation 2011.
A birth certificate may only include details contained in the register. There are practical limits to how much information can be included on a printed certificate. However, we are seeking feedback on views as to how birth certificates can best meet the needs of modern society.