Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births

When you register your new bub you get them off to the right start to take part in all kinds of activities throughout their life.

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Registering your baby is free

You don't have to pay to register your baby. You can choose to buy a birth certificate when you are completing the registration.

All babies must be registered

The nurse, midwife or doctor that delivered your baby will make a medical record of the birth. They do not register your bub for you or apply for a birth certificate.

    Find out how to register your baby

    You must register your baby within 60 days of the birth. The hospital does not do this for you.

    Register your baby

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    If you would like your enquiry handled by an Indigenous staff member, let us know when you contact us.

    If you need help with registering your bub’s birth, call us on 13 77 88.

    You can also speak with:

    • staff in your local hospital or medical practice
    • your local Aboriginal liaison officer or an Aboriginal health practitioner
    • a local mums and bubs group
    • your local cultural centre.

    You might also find these services helpful:

    Why it's important

    When you register your child's birth with us, you can apply for a birth certificate.

    A birth certificate is a proof of age and makes it easier for your child to access services and take part in activities such as:

    • access to Medicare
    • starting school
    • registering for organised sport
    • opening a bank account 
    • getting a driver's licence or passport or
    • receiving government benefits.

    You also need to register your baby if you are applying for certain government benefits like parental leave.

    Stolen generations

    If you or your relatives were separated from family and culture through forced removal, being fostered, adopted or raised in an institution, it can be hard for you to get copies of the documents we need to process your application.

    • If you need help with proving your identity, contact Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation.
    • You can also ask us if you can complete your application without having to pay any fees.
    Proof of Aboriginality

    Some Indigenous-specific services, programs and grants will ask you for proof of heritage.

    We do not provide certificates to confirm Aboriginality.

    Visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) website to learn more.

    Related information

    Life events

    Having a baby

    Our step-by-step guide can help you manage your finances, understand your responsibilities and find support services.

    Birth certificates

    Your birth certificate is an important document that you can use as part of your proof of identity.
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