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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 – 22 March 2016

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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 – 22 March 2016

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulation 2015 – 1 July 2016

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A person at birth or the mother (if alone at birth) must give notice to the registrar within 2 working days of the birth of a child in Queensland, if no doctor or midwife was present at the birth.

  • Section 5

One or both parents of a child must register the birth by application to the register within 60 days after the birth. This application must state the child’s name.

  • Sections 8, 9, 12

An adult person may apply to register a change of the person’s name.

  • Sections 16, 21

A marriage solemnised in Queensland must be registered by giving the marriage certificate to the registrar.

  • Section 25

Provision is made to register ‘civil partnerships’.

  • Section 25A

A spouse or relative of a deceased person (who dies in Queensland) must apply to register the death within 14 days after the death.

  • Sections 26, 28, 29

A person who arranges the disposal of a human body must give the registrar notice within 7 days after the disposal. For the definition of ‘disposal’, refer to Schedule 2 of the Act.

  • Sections 4, 32, Schedule 2
Reason for law

To allow the Queensland government to collect and maintain basic information concerning people. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Births, deaths, marriages and divorces [Queensland Government]

Register a birth
Fill in the register a birth and apply for a certificate application form

Changing your name
Fill in a change of name over 18 years application form

Family history research

Adoption records: family history [State Library of Queensland]

2013 Top 100 baby names [Queensland Government Data] (current year may be available via search)

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated

Australian Twin Registry

The Society of Professional Obituary Writers (SPOW)

Baby Friendly Health Initiative [Queensland Government]
Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative [World Health Organisation]

Queensland Government’s Statistician’s Office

Change My Name App

List of post-nominal letters (Australia) [Wikipedia]

Suggested links

Making a birth plan [Pregnancy, birth and baby]

23andMe [DNA testing]

Media article

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Victoria’s world-first change to share sperm or egg donors’ names with children

How to get married in virtual reality

How are dowry customs evolving in Australia?


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