Birth Certificate Content Review

The New South Wales Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages (“the Registry”) is reviewing the content of birth certificates. Birth certificates have appeared in their current format (Appendix 1) for many decades, with only minor changes to content during that time. This review is being undertaken for the following reasons:

  • Changes in how birth certificates are used
  • In consideration of how birth certificates can best reflect the changing composition offamilies in Australia
  • In response to recommendations of the Senate Community Affairs Committee inquiryinto the Commonwealth’s role in former adoption policies and practices. 1A 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 part of a person’s genetic and family history.


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