Each year at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) we process thousands of different events and registrations. This includes everything from births, deaths, marriages and registered relationships to adoptions and changes of name.

We also keep detailed records of Victorian population and societal trends through our registration data. You can tell a lot about Victoria from these statistics!

We're happy to consider requests for detailed data and statistics for research purposes. See Apply for registry data.

A snapshot of our data is shown below, and includes:

Registered births, deaths and marriages 2010-2016

  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Births 84,404 74,846 75,378 75,153 78,748 72,491 71,688
Marriages 26,290 25,487 29,739 29,279 29,901 27,503 28,525
Deaths 40,015 39,955 38,948 36,512 36,238 36,733 35,764

Births are counted in the year they're registered, rather than the actual year of birth. These figures exclude stillbirths and incomplete registrations.

The increase in birth registrations in 2016 was due to clearance of backlog.

Registered events 2009-2017 (financial year)

Registerable Event 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Births 81,210 83,989 73,530 76,357 77,701 75,188 73,039 72,254
Changes of name 12,260 11,419 10,320 11,277 11,240 12,485 12,939 14,432
Marriages 27,176 27,131 28,709 29,257 29,378 28,956 28,384 27,983
Deaths 40,269 41,328 37,671 37,086 36,201 36,147 37,459 34,781
Registered relationships 3,421 1,391 1,164 1,077 877 496 360 238
Revoked relationships 163 108 86 53 32 12 3 1
Adoptions 53 56 73 109 55 77 89 80
Stillbirths 506 415 398 477 458 445 381 445
Total 165,058 165,837 151,951 155,693 155,942 153,802 152,654 150,214

Births are counted in the year they're registered, rather than the actual year of birth. These figures exclude stillbirths.

The increase in birth registrations in 2015-2016 is due to clearance of a backlog.

The significant increase in registered relationships is due to a change of legislation. The changes came into effect on 1 July 2016.

BDM provides data on stillbirths to the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM). CCOPMM is responsible for monitoring and reporting on maternal, perinatal and paediatric deaths, and for advising the government on strategies to improve the safety and quality of obstetric and paediatric care.  CCOPMM receives data from multiple sources, recent trends in registry data are suggestive of improved case ascertainment by the registry.

Certificates issued 2009 - 2017 (financial year)

Certificates issues 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Standard certificates 287,120 277,179 245,999 245,284 266,280 273,082 328,294 327,081
Commemorative certificates 30,224 33,759 35,636 35,573 38,291 38,552 38,601 43,082
Historical certificates 15,187 15,367 13,938 13,884 16,043 15,889 17,779 19,981
Historical images 57,629 55,540 66,304 66,302 76,404 96,309 105,407 108,604
Total 390,160 381,845 361,877 361,043 397,018 423,832 490,081 498,748

Total number of standard certificates issued includes those issued with commemorative birth certificate orders.

Recognition of sex applications events 2009-2017 (financial year)

  2016-17 2016-15 2015-14 2014-13 2013-12 2012-11 2010-11 2009-10
Total 33 23 27 43 30 27 29 18

Donor Treatment Register events 2009 - 2016 (financial year)

Donor Treatment Registers 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Registrations of donor births to the Central Register 565 426 406 408 335 351 201
Central Register applications 102 35 19 20 15 12 6
Voluntary Register applications 88 55 42 43 33 28 25
Total 755 516 467 471 383 391 232

BDM no longer holds the Donor Treatment Register. For enquiries, contact the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (External link) on (03) 8601 5250