The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, or ‘BDM’ for short, has been registering the life events of Victorians since 1853. In early 2019, we’re modernising our system to improve our services. The new system will make it easier for parents to register a birth.
Parents will be able to register the birth of their child online, anytime and from anywhere. The process is easy, and can be completed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parents need to register their baby to get a birth certificate, which they can also purchase online.
The move from paper forms to online registrations is a significant change, and we need your help to manage the transition.
So, what do you need to do?
Replace the old paper birth registration statement forms in parent packs with the new parent information sheet. The old forms should be discarded. The new information sheet provides simple, step-by-step instructions for parents to register their baby’s birth online.
Keep some of the new paper birth registration statement forms handy. You have the option of giving these to parents who may find online registration challenging. The new forms also have the details for online registration, giving parents the choice about how they will register the birth.
Print and provide the separate information sheet to parents who have experienced a stillbirth or a perinatal death in addition to the information sheet in the parent pack.
You can also help by:
- Forwarding the email list of resources to your colleagues to help them understand the changes
- Printing and putting this poster up in all areas where new and expecting parents can see them
- Displaying this postcard in waiting rooms, antenatal clinics and give them other professionals, for example to community nurses.
We will send your hospital hard copies of the information sheet for parents, the paper birth registration form, and the postcard.
Use our action checklist and information sheet for hospital staff to help guide you through these steps. You will have received an email containing all the resources you need.
If asked, remind new parents of the importance of registering a birth, including how they need to register to get a birth certificate.
Birth certificates help parents and children access important services like government services and payments, school, a passport, and a driver’s licence and tax file number when they’re older.
And let us know how the transition is going. You can contact us by email or phone - we’re here to assist. Thanks for helping us improve our services to Victorian parents.