Birth registration

How to register a birth

Fill in a Birth Registration Statement

  • You will receive a Birth Registration Statement from the hospital or midwife.

Home births

  • You can get a Birth Registration Statement from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Multiple births

  • 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.

Updated: 16th October 2018