Overview

The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the Registrar) is a statutory role, responsible for recording in perpetuity all registrable life events in Victoria, including births, changes of name, alterations of the record of sex in a birth registration, deaths, marriages, adoptions and surrogacy arrangements.

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) holds over 19 million records. BDM issues certificates verifying the details recorded about registrable life events. BDM also provides data to individuals and organisations for purposes including research and administration.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019

BDM is in the process of reviewing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019 (BDMR Fees Regulations), and invites your feedback.

The Victorian Government has decided to increase the fee for a legal certificate in the BDMR Fees Regulations.

The Victorian Government is proposing to increase the fee for a legal certificate from $34.30 to $51.40, from 1 March 2022 (current target commencement date). This includes the fee for a legal birth, death or marriage certificate.

Other fees set out in the BDMR Fees Regulations 2019 will not be changed.

BDM’s Financial Hardship and Fee Waiver Policy for people experiencing financial hardship will continue to apply.

It will continue to be free to register a birth, death or marriage.


Current feeProposed fee
Fee for a legal certificate

$34.30 in 2021-22
(2.28 fee units)

$51.40 in 2021-22
(3.42 fee units)


The increase in fees would bring Victoria’s fees more in line with the corresponding fees in other jurisdictions. The Victorian fee for a legal certificate, such as a birth, death or marriage certificate, is the lowest across all states and territories. The current fee for legal certificates in Victoria is between 30 and 50 per cent below the corresponding fee charged in other states and territories, and 40 per cent below the average fee.

The Regulatory Impact Statement assesses the impacts of the proposed fee increase.

A column chart that shows the price charged for legal certificates in each of the Australian states and territories. It shows the price for Victoria on the left, significantly lower than each of the other states and territories. The figure also shows a li

Legal certificate price in Australian states and territories (as at 1 July 2021)

How to make a submission

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

To make a submission, please read the RIS and the proposed Regulations then answer the survey questions on this webpage.

Please do not submit any personally identifying or sensitive health information (about you or anyone else) in your response. Do not include information that could identify other people (third parties).

Consultation closes at 5.00pm on Friday 17 December 2021.

Next steps

The Victorian Government will consider feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders when deciding on final changes to the regulations. Notice of the Government’s decision will be published on this webpage.

BDM will not publish or respond to individual submissions. Issues raised may be combined and published along with a response to each issue (in a ‘Statement of Reasons’). The Statement of Reasons will be published on this webpage.

Privacy collection notice

The Review of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages statutory fees for issuing legal certificates (the Review) requires the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) to engage in public consultation about proposed changes to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Fees) Regulations 2019. BDM, along with the Attorney-General, has prepared a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS explains the reasons for the proposed changes and looks at the potential impact on the Victorian public. The consultation provides stakeholders and the public with the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

The purpose for collecting this information is to gather feedback about proposed changes to BDM’s statutory fee for legal certificates. If you have feedback relating to specific BDM products, services or an existing application, please contact BDM.

BDM values the privacy of every individual's personal information.

You are not required to provide any personal information in order to make a submission on the Review of the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages statutory fees.

You are asked not to submit any personally identifying or sensitive health information (about you or anyone else) in your response. Do not include information that could identify other people (third parties). BDM will take reasonable steps to ensure there is no personally identifying information in responses before analysing and using those responses.

Please note that we may be able to identify you from your email address. To remain anonymous, submit your response via the Engage Victoria website and do not include your email address.

BDM will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. BDM will not publish individual submissions. BDM will collate responses and use them to understand people’s views on the proposals in the RIS. Issues raised may be collated and published along with BDM’s response to each issue (in a ‘Statement of Reasons’). A de-identified summary of submissions may be provided to the Attorney-General.

Submissions are subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. In accordance with section 15A of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, a copy of all comments and submissions will be provided to the Scrutiny of Act and Regulations Committee (SARC) of the Victorian Parliament.

You may contact BDM to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by emailing bdmprivacy@justice.vic.gov.au.

When using the Engage Victoria website, you will be subject to the Engage Victoria Terms of Use. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria Privacy Policy applies to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. Any personal information collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred will be held in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other applicable laws.