Overview

The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the Registrar) is a statutory role, responsible for recording in perpetuity all births, adoptions, changes of name, marriages and deaths occurring in Victoria.

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) holds over 19 million records, and provides data (legal certificates, historical records and research/statistical data) to individuals and organisations.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008

BDM is revising the sunsetting Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008 and invites your feedback.

We propose to split Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008 into:

  1. Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019
  2. Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2019

The Regulatory Impact Statement examines the proposed Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) Regulations 2019.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019 and Regulatory Impact Statement

These Regulations set out the fees to be paid by BDM’s customers for specified services provided by BDM. For example, applications for issuing a certificate, applications to alter information in the Register, including applications to register a change of name (for an adult or child) and applications for a document acknowledging identity.

The Regulatory Impact Statement analyses BDM's fees for these services. It concludes that the current fees reflect the cost of service delivery and there should be no change to current fees for the time being. However, BDM commits to review fees in two years to reflect any changes in service costs resulting from BDM’s new online core business system (implemented in early 2019).

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2019

These Regulations set out the information required to be included in a:

  • medical certificate of cause of death (provided by a medical practitioner)
  • notice provided by a funeral director in relation to the cremation or burial of a deceased person
  • birth registration statement (usually provided by parents when registering the birth of their child).

Proposed changes to these Regulations are minimal and are a direct result of ongoing consultation with stakeholders.

How to make a submission

The Regulations review process provides an opportunity for the Victorian community to have their say on proposed regulations before they are finalised.

Please answer the following survey questions and/or upload your own submission at the end of this page.

Consultation closes at 5pm on 5 July 2019.

Submissions made in response to the review of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Regulations 2008 will not be published on Engage Victoria or elsewhere.

A summary of feedback received, decisions made, and the commencement dates of remade Regulations will be published on this page.

If you would like to provide additional information or updates to your written submission, please contact the project team at bdm.regulations@justice.vic.gov.au

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is collecting personal information only for the purposes of contacting you to discuss your submission.