How to register a birth
Fill in a Birth Registration Statement
- You will receive a Birth Registration Statement from the hospital or midwife.
- You can get a Birth Registration Statement from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- In the case of a multiple birth a separate statement needs to be filled in for each child.
Lodge the Birth Registration Statement
- You must lodge the Birth Registration Statement with Births, Deaths and Marriages within 60 days of the baby's birth.
- Please read the general information and directions before completing the form. Your baby will go through life with the information you have stated.
- There is no fee to register a birth.
- The registration will take about 7 working days.
Who can register a baby's birth
- Where possible, both parents need to sign the Birth Registration Statement and have their signatures witnessed by a person over 18 years of age.
- If only one parent has signed, he or she needs to attach a letter to the Registrar explaining why the other parent has not signed. The letter should give details of the other parent's identity and last known address.
- If you have any further questions about signatures please contact us.
Same Sex Relationships
If you are a same sex couple, please contact Births, Deaths and Marriages for a Birth Registration Statement.
You will be able to choose if you want to be recorded as Birth Mother/Mother/Parent on your child's birth certificate.
Will I receive anything
- Births, Deaths and Marriages does not send any acknowledgement of receiving the Birth Registration Statement.
- You can apply for a birth certificate
Register a birth after 12 months
If you think that your birth or the birth of your child is not registered, you will need to apply for a birth certificate. This will confirm whether a record of birth exists.
If you receive a Certificate of No Record, you will need to forward the following documentation to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages:
- A letter from the hospital (if the birth occurred before December 2000).
- A completed Birth Registration Statement that must be signed by both parents.
- Documentation verifying the full given names (as close to the time of birth as possible).
- The original Certificate of No Record.
- Details of your postal address and a daytime contact phone number.
- The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages may require additional information in some cases.
If you need more details about the late registration process, please contact us.