​Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births

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    Did you know how important it is to register the birth of your bub?

    Registering your bub ensures he or she will be able to do things when they are older like take part in sporting events (birth certificates are needed), drive a car (apply for a driver's licence), or go overseas (get a passport).

    What you need to know

    We keep a permanent and confidential record of all births, deaths, marriages and changes of names in NSW. Once you register your child's birth with us certificates can be created and made available.

    Registering your bub is FREE!

    You must register your baby with us within 8 weeks of the birth. Once you register your baby you can choose to buy a birth certificate. If it's been more than 8 weeks since the child was born, you can still register online. If you're unsure about the process, places call us on 13 77 88.

    Hospitals DO NOT register babies!

    You can register your bub online for free.

    The hospital DOES provide all new mums with an information flyer called Register your baby before they're 8 weeks old [PDF 1.4MB]. This explains all you need to know.

    Who can I ask for help?

    Our team is here to help, so you can phone 13 77 88 to yarn.

    Speak to your local Aboriginal Medical Service, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cultural Centre, Aboriginal Health Practitioner or community centre. Staff in hospitals and medical practices or your local Aboriginal Liaison Officer can give you information.

    Who you are, Where you from

    Our Indigenous Access Program regularly attends information days at various centres around NSW. Our program aims to increase birth registration and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW to apply for certificates.

    Having a birth certificate proves your age and makes it easier to access a range of services.

    These include school enrolment, obtaining a driver's licence or passport, registering for organised sport, opening a bank account, or receiving social security benefits.

    Confirmation of Aboriginality

    We provide a range of products and services which are important for a citizen's rights and entitlements. We do not provide a certificate to confirm a person's Aboriginality. 

    Please contact your Local Aboriginal Land Council

    Stolen Generations

    Members of the Stolen Generations may find it difficult to provide the usual identification documents to apply for products and services of the Registry. The Registry has a Memorandum of Understanding with LinkUp to help customers.

    People applying at the Registry who are affected by the Stolen Generations are given alternative methods to prove their identity and may be eligible for a fee waiver when lodging an application.

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    More information

    We're here to help. Please let us know if you would like your enquiry handled by an Indigenous staff member when you contact us