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
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.
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.