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Notification of birth

Information about what the hospital or other responsible person must do to notify the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages about the birth of a child.

When a child is born in a hospital, or brought to a hospital within 24 hours of being born, the chief executive officer of the hospital must notify the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

If the child was not born in a hospital the person responsible for notifying the registry is:

  • the doctor or midwife responsible for the professional care of the mother at the birth
  • any other person in attendance at the birth, if there was no doctor or midwife.

They have 21 days to do this or penalties apply.

Still births

The registry must receive notice of all births in Victoria, including still-births.

A still-birth must be registered within 48 hours of the birth. The notification must include a certificate by the doctor who examined the still-born body. The certificate must include the cause of death.


If the responsible person does not give notice within the time limit the penalty is 10 penalty units.

More information


Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic)

  • s. 12—notification of births

See Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic).