You can apply to add or remove details of a parent on a child's birth certificate, even if the birth was initially registered without it.

When you apply, you'll need to provide:

  • Your own proof of identity
  • original certificates showing incorrect information
  • evidence of correct information (as outlined below).

A fee of $74.90 applies.

If the original birth certificate is returned, we issue a replacement certificate free of charge. If the original isn't returned, you can apply for a replacement at an additional cost of $33.00.

To add the biological father's details

  1. The mother, father and child (if over 18) all need to complete an application for subsequent registration of a child's father.
  2. Include a certified copy of the results of the DNA-based parentage test (paternity test) approved by National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) (External link)

If you want to change your child's name to reflect the birth father's name, you need to make a separate application. Refer to Change your child's name.

To remove the father's name (if incorrect)

To remove the name of the father if they've been incorrectly named as the biological father:

  1. Complete an application to correct the register. (The $74.90 is waived in this instance.)
  2. Provide evidence that the father named on the certificate isn't the child's biological father, such as:

To add the birth mother's female partner's name

If you're the birth mother's female partner and you want to be included as a parent on the child's birth certificate, you need to have given your consent at the time of the treatment that resulted in the pregnancy.
Then, both partners need to:
For births after 1 January 2010
For births before 1 January 2010

To remove the birth mother's female partner's name

Contact us for advice.