The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) treats the privacy of personal data very seriously. However, the law allows BDM to share information when necessary to promote the wellbeing or safety of Victorian children.

About the Child Information Sharing Scheme

The Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (the Act) and the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Information Sharing) Regulations 2018 (the CIS Regulations) came into operation on 27 September 2018.

The Act and Regulations permit some organisations ("Information Sharing Entities") to share confidential information to promote the wellbeing or safety of Victorian children. In some cases, sharing this information is legally required.

The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is included under the Act.

Agencies that share information must do so appropriately, safely and responsibly.

Learn more about the Child Information Sharing Scheme (External link).

Make a request

This information is for Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) under Victorian law.

If you are a prescribed Information Sharing Entity (ISE), you should:

1. Consider alternatives

Is your request for BDM information already permitted under another law?

If yes: use the procedures under that law.

If no: you may request information sharing under the Act.

2. Request information sharing under the Act

If you are an ISE, to apply:

  1. Fill out a Child Information Sharing Scheme request for information form
  2. Email the completed form to bdmcisscheme@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)
  3. Mark the urgency of your request as high, medium or low in the email

Learn more about the types of information BDM holds.

BDM will try to respond within five business days. However, it may take longer in periods of high demand or if the request is complex. We will contact you if we need further information.

Privacy enquiries and complaints

For further information about the handling of personal and health information by BDM, please refer to BDM’s Privacy Statement.