The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the Registrar) decides whether to grant or deny applications for access to information.

In making a decision, the Registrar will take into account factors including:

  • Protecting the privacy of the person(s) to whom the information relates
  • The sensitivity of the information
  • Whether an applicant has an adequate reason for access
  • Other relevant factors

The law gives the Registrar (or delegate) broad decision-making powers. The Registrar’s discretion is not limited by the factors listed above.