Birth Certificates

In Australia, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages issues birth certificates for the state or territory in which the birth took place.

If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, in addition to the birth certificate, you will also need to provide evidence that one parent was an Australian citizen or had permanent resident status at the time of your birth.

Copies or extracts of a birth certificate.

Copies or extracts of a birth certificate are not acceptable. If born in Australia, an original full birth certificate issued by a state or territory Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages must be presented in support of each new adult passport application (but not a renewal form) and each child application regardless of whether the child has had a previous passport. Commemorative birth certificates are not accepted.

My birth in Australia was not registered, so how do I get a birth certificate?

If you were born in Australia, but your birth was not registered, you should request a late registration of birth. If the registrar declines to do so, get the refusal in writing and then telephone 131 232 (in Australia) or, if overseas, contact an Australian diplomatic or consular mission for advice.

There is no place of birth on my birth certificate. What should I do?

You need a birth certificate which does show your place of birth, or another document that proves your place of birth. If it is impossible for you to provide proof telephone 131 232 (in Australia) or, if overseas, contact an Australian diplomatic or consular mission for guidance.

Do I need to provide my child's birth certificate?

Yes. If you are applying for a passport for a child, you must submit the child's full original birth certificate even if the child has had a previous passport. A birth certificate is required because it identifies the parents who must normally provide their consent for issue of the child's passport.

My child was born in Australia in 1990. Is my child an Australian citizen?

A child born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 becomes an Australian citizen by birth, only if at least one parent was an Australian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of the child's birth. Documentation will be required at the interview to confirm this.

The evidence required could include either one parent's Australian passport of two years or more validity issued after 20 August 1986, or one parent's original Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate, or a foreign passport showing that at least one parent held permanent resident status at the time the child was born.

What if only one parent is named on the child's birth certificate?

If only one parent is named on a child's birth certificate, the named parent (usually the mother) must complete a form B8-Mother's Name only on Child's Birth Certificate (pdf). Both of the natural parents of a child have parental rights and responsibilities even if not named on the child's birth certificate and the consent of both parents is required for the issue of a passport. See Children and Parental Consent. If you have tried but been unable to obtain the consent of the other parent you may make an application to the Approved Senior Officer for a waiver of the consent of the other parent.

My daughter was born in 1993 and her birth certificate clearly states that her father and I were born in Australia. Why then do you need to see one of our birth certificates?

On an Australian birth certificate only the details which specifically relate to the child's birth are verified by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The parents, without having to submit any substantiating evidence, provide all additional information, such as the parents' places of birth, appearing on the birth certificate.

Consequently, to verify that your daughter is an Australian citizen, we must see one parent's original Australian birth certificate.

I was born overseas. Do I need my birth certificate as well as my Australian citizenship document?

Adult applications:

When lodging an adult application, only the original citizenship certificate is required unless your certificate does not show your sex or place and country of birth. If this is the case then you must also present your foreign birth certificate (with an official English translation if necessary). If this is not possible you must present your foreign passport. If you cannot provide one of these documents please telephone 131 232 or contact your nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission prior to lodging your application.

Child applications:

If lodging for a minor, their full original birth certificate and citizenship certificates are required. In addition to providing information on the child's sex and place/country of birth, a full original birth certificate is required to determine who is to provide consent; the citizenship certificate is required to verify Australian citizenship. If you cannot provide these documents please telephone 131 232 or contact your nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission prior to lodging your application.

My child was born overseas. A birth certificate was never issued. What do I do?

If it is impossible to obtain a birth certificate for your child you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to lodge an application for a certificate of evidence of Australian citizenship. The original of this certificate will need to be lodged with the child's passport application. You will also have to complete a form B6 explaining why the child's birth certificate is not available.

Passports Tips and Hints
Commemorative birth certificates, birth extracts, photocopies or facsimile copies are not acceptable.  A commemorative birth certificate is A3 in size and has a theme or a fancy design.  A standard birth certificate is always issued with a commemorative certificate and this should be used for passport purposes.

Foreign birth certificates are accepted but only if they are accompanied by an English translation by an approved translation service.

Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages:

Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia