Changing registered parentage details

After the birth registration, additional information about a person can be included in the Births, Deaths and Marriages register. The application must be made in writing and, if required by the registrar, the information must be verified by a statutory declaration.

The registrar may include certain information about the identity of a child’s parents in the register for any of the following reasons:

1 a joint application of a child’s parents;

2 on the application of one parent because the other parent is dead or cannot be found, or for some other reason;

3 on the application of one parent, and the registrar is satisfied the other parent does not dispute the correctness of the information;

4 by order of the court to include that information;

5 in accordance with a court finding about a child’s parentage, for example, a declaration under the Status of Children Act 1974 (Vic); or

6 on the basis of presumptions made by the registrar under any law, both state and federal law. (“Same-sex and de facto couples and families” outlines the grounds for applying to change parentage details under other laws – including the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 (Cth), Status of Children Act 1974 (Vic), and legislation related to children conceived with reproductive assistance and under surrogacy arrangements.)

The registrar may, in limited circumstances, include information provided by a person who is not a parent, or by one parent, and the information relates to the identity of that parent only.