The following items of legislation govern or inform the Registry's operation:
- Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996
- Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008
- Adoption Act 1984
- Marriage Act 1961
- Marriage Regulations 2017
- Coroners Act 2008
- Relationships Act 2008
- Relationships (Fees) Regulations 2009
- Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008
- Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
- Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
- Freedom of Information Act 1982
- Status of Children Act 1974
You can find Victorian State Government legislation online at Victorian legislation .You can find the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 2017 at the Federal Register of Legislation .
Policies and practices
The following policies, in conjunction with the above legislation, govern the day-to-day operations of the Registry.
BDM's access policy outlines the restriction periods for event records held by BDM, who can apply for access, and the conditions they must meet for BDM to grant access.
You can find answers to common questions in Understanding the Access policy.
This policy outlines the restriction periods for relationship records held by BDM, who can apply for access and the conditions they must meet for BDM to grant access.
This policy outlines how change of name applications are determined.
This policy outlines when and why a deceased status is applied to a Victorian birth certificate.
This policy outlines the difference between feedback and a complaint, how to contact BDM, what response you will receive and the timelines for responding.
This policy outlines the options available to parents who disagree about their child's name (at the time of birth registrations), and the steps BDM will take to register the child's birth when the child's parents disagree about the name/s of the child.
This policy sets out what names are prohibited and the approach BDM takes when making a decision about whether to register a name.
This policy outlines the requirements and conditions of the priority service.
This policy outlines what information BDM collects, why we collect it, what we do with it and how we protect it.
Find out what proof of identity you need to provide when applying for a certificate, and how to provide it.
This policy outlines the requirements for documents that are translated to English.