Registering for a Birth Certificate

When a child is born the birth must be registered. Parents usually receive a Birth Registration Statement from the Hospital or Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The birth must be registered within 60 days.

Where possible, both parents need to sign the Birth Registration Statement. The signatures need to be witnessed by a person over 18 years of age.

A parent will not be added to the Birth Certificate unless they agree to sign it.

A father’s details can be added to a Birth Certificate at a later date. Marriage details can also be added to a child’s Birth Certificate, an application form is available from the Registry.

Differences between states

Northern Territory

You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

ACT

You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

Western Australia

You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

NSW

In NSW, two women in a significant relationship who have had a child together using a sperm donor are both able to be registered as parents on a birth certificate.

You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

Victoria

You can contact the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the birth registration statement or to get a copy of a birth certificate.

South Australia

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office is responsible for registering and maintaining an accurate record of all births, deaths, marriages, changes of name, adoptions and sexual reassignments that occur in South Australia. You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

Tasmania

In Tasmania, if only one parent has signed the Birth Registration Statement, they need to attach a letter to the Registrar explaining why the other parent has not signed. The letter should contain details of the other parent’s identity and last known address.

In Tasmania, two women in a significant relationship who have had a child together using a sperm donor are both able to be registered as parents on a birth certificate.  Registering the birth of a child with two female parents requires the use of a specific for available from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

You can contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the Birth Registration Statement or to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

Queensland

You can contact the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages to receive a copy of the birth registration statement or to get a copy of a birth certificate.