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Parentage details

Information about the registration of parentage details.

The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the registry) will only include information about the identity of a child's parent in the register if:

  • there is a joint application
  • one parent makes an application for the inclusion of registrable information about that identity and:
    • the other parent cannot join in the application because they are dead, can’t be found or there is some other verifiable reason
    • the registrar is satisfied that the other parent does not dispute the correctness of that information
  • a court orders the inclusion of information about the parent’s identity or makes a finding about a person being the parent of the child.

The registry may also accept information from another person about the parents’ identification, if the parents cannot provide it.

Under State and Commonwealth law, the registry also may make a presumption about the parentage of the child to register the birth where details about the parents' identity are incomplete.

Information on the birth certificate

Where parents jointly apply to register birth of their child, information about the parent's identity will be included on the child's birth certificate.

If one parent registers the child’s birth and provides information about the other parent, but the other parent does not approve or authorise that information, their details will not appear on the certificate.

Adding details after registration

Details relating to identity of child's parents may be added after the birth has been registered. An application must:

  • be made in writing
  • include details required by the registry
  • be verifiable and, if necessary, accompanied by signed statutory declaration.

More information


Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic)

  • s. 16—registration of parentage details

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