Changing registered parentage details

After a person’s birth is registered, additional information about the person can be included in the BDM register.

Applications to add information to the BDM register must be in writing and, if required by the BDM registrar, the information must be verified by a statutory declaration.

The BDM registrar may add certain information about the identity of a child’s parents to the BDM register for the following reasons:

1 both a child’s parents jointly apply to add information to the BDM register;

2 one parent applies to add information to the BDM register (because the other parent is dead or cannot be found, or for some other reason);

3 one parent applies to add information to the BDM register, and the BDM registrar is satisfied that the other parent does not dispute the correctness of the information;

4 a court orders information to be added to the BDM register;

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 BDM registrar under any state or federal law (Same-sex and de facto couples and families outlines the grounds for applying to change parentage details under other laws – including the FL Act, 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);

7 a parent applies for their child’s parentage details to be changed after a declaration has been made about the child’s parentage under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (Cth).

The BDM 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.