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 has completed the review of the sunsetting Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008.

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008 will be split into:

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

The revised regulations will come into effect on 21 September 2019.

Thank you to those who submitted their feedback.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019

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.

Consistent with the the conclusion of the Regulatory Impact Statement which analyses BDM's fees for these services, the current fees reflect the cost of service delivery and there will be no change to current fees for the time being. BDM commits to reviewing 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, are a direct result of ongoing consultation with stakeholders, and have been made in line with the principle that only information which is necessary for the Registrar’s functions or activities is collected.

Key changes include the following:

  • On a birth registration statement, there will be a new relationship status option for the child’s parents to recognise that the parents are in a ‘domestic relationship’ (de facto relationship).

This will be in addition to the existing relationship status options of: married; registered domestic relationship; and not applicable.

  • On a death registration statement, there will be a new option to describe the deceased’s relationship status as ‘surviving partner’, where the deceased’s domestic partner (de-facto) passed before the deceased did.

‘Surviving partner’ recognises that the deceased was in a domestic relationship and their partner passed before they did, just as ‘widow’ recognises that the deceased was married and their spouse passed before they did.

  • On a medical certificate of cause of death, new fields have been added to the online system, requesting details of the deceased’s closest next of kin, if known.
  • On a medical certificate of cause of perinatal death, in both the online system and on hardcopy forms, the mother’s details will now be requested only if known; and there will be a new option to include the father’s details, if known.

Consultation has now ended

BDM has consulted with a diverse range of stakeholders on the proposed regulations.

Consultation has included – but not been limited to – the consultation process through Engage Victoria, for which ten submissions were received.

Please refer to the Statements of Reasons for responses to feedback. These statements are available in hard copy on request.