More information: Changing your name

Most of the law on naming children, registering changes to children’s names and changing birth registration details can be found in the BDMR Act. In addition, Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria’s website ( is a useful source of information. Most of the law on changing names is common law (for an explanation on the difference between common law and statute law, seeSources of Australian law” in Where our laws come from).

For Family Court and Federal Circuit Court decisions, see the Family Law Case Reports. For change of name upon adoption orders, see section 56 of the Adoption Act. See also the schedule to the BDMR Act for other Acts relevant to name changes. The CCH Australian Family Law and Practice publication is also a useful reference.