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Review of Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General is reviewing the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 (the Act).

The Act provides for the registration of life events including births, deaths and marriages, official changes of name and sex, and other matters. The Act also governs access to information, the issuing of life event certificates, the collection and dissemination of statistical information and verification of identity.

The purpose of the legislative review is to identify ways to modernise the Act, simplify its operation and ensure that it is adequately meeting the community’s needs for the registration of life events. The review is also aimed at improving access by community members and others to information held by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to make this information easier to release and use.

Key areas for investigation are identified in the review’s Terms of Reference.

The department is currently preparing a consultation paper which is expected to be released in late 2014. The department will then invite stakeholders and community members to have their say on possible changes to the Act.

For more information, please contact the RBDM Legislative Review Team via e-mail: or by post:

RBDM Legislative Review Team
PO Box 15188
City East, Brisbane QLD 4002.

Last reviewed
27 November 2013
Last updated
6 October 2015
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