This page provides information regarding recognition of early pregnancy loss, adoptions and the most popular baby names in Western Australia.
For all births occurring in Western Australia, the child's birth registration form must be lodged with the Registry within 60 days of the birth to enable your newborn to be officially recognised for a range of services.
The hospital or midwife will provide you with a Birth Registration Form which must be completed and signed by both parents. If only one parent has signed, they must provide an explanation why the other parent has not signed. In cases of twin or triplet births, a separate Birth Registration Form must be completed for each child.
Home (free) birth
If the birth occurred at home or in a location other than a hospital and the child is taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth, the hospital will provide you with a Birth Registration Form.
If the birth occurred in a location other than a hospital without a registered doctor or midwife in attendance and the child was NOT taken to a hospital within 24 hours of the birth the Registry:
- requires written notification of the birth occurring in Western Australia including parent/s name and home address.
- will provide further instruction and a list of requirements upon receipt of the written notification before a Birth Registration Form is issued.
- requires the Birth Registration Form to be completed and signed by the parent/s and returned within 60 days of the child's birth.
Same sex parents
From September 2002, women in a same sex relationship, who have undergone artificial fertilisation, may be recorded on their child’s birth registration provided both parents consented to the fertilisation procedure. A standard Birth Registration Form is used and provided by the hospital or midwife.
Early pregnancy lossShow more
A recognition certificate for early pregnancy loss is available to commemorate the loss of a child which occurred before 20 weeks gestation, or if gestation weeks are unknown, the baby weighed less than 400 grams.
Recognition certificates are only available to the parent/s of the child. If only one parent signs the application the other parent's name will not appear on the recognition certificate.
The certificate will be issued free of charge however there is a limit of three certificates per child. A recognition certificate cannot be used for official purposes.
If you were legally adopted in Western Australia, a copy of your post-adoption birth certificate is available from the Registry.
If you are a party to an adoption or a relative of an adopted person and would like to know how to access other information relating to the adoption please contact the Department for Child protection - Post Adoption Services.
Apply for a birth certificateShow more
You can apply for a certified birth certificate if the birth was registered in WA. This certificate is for everyday use such as a passport application, opening a bank account and evidence-of-identity. If the event occurred in another State or Territory, contact the relevant Registry Office.
Commemorative Birth Certificates
These certificates are available for anyone born and registered in Western Australia and make the perfect gift to celebrate the birth of a newborn child or to preserve your family history. A certified birth certificate is issued with each commemorative birth certificate.
Note: Commemorative birth certificates cannot be used for official purposes.
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Who can apply for a birth certificate?Show more
- Written Authority from the person named on the certificate; or
- Evidence that the person is deceased; or
- Evidence that the certificate is required for some legal right or entitlement
Other relative - see also 'Other Agent'.
- Written authority from the person or parent named in the certificate; or
- Evidence that the person is deceased and spouse/defacto is named on the death certificate; or
- Evidence that the certificate is required for some legal right or entitlement.
For general medical research enquiries refer to Registrar for consideration.
- must be referred to Manager Registry Services and Policy to check if Power of Attorney extends beyond the person’s property and/or financial affairs.
- Before accepting payment Courthouses must forward certificate applications with a copy of the accompanying Power of Attorney evidence to the Manager Registry Services and Policy for consideration.
Current as at 24 January 2018 and subject to change without notice.
Forms and feesShow more
- Refer to Birth application forms.
The fees for applying for a birth certificate:
- $53 - Certified Birth Certificate
- $63 - Commemorative Birth Certificate
- $36 - Reduced Fee Birth Certificate (+75 yrs. old)
- $20 - Uncertified Birth copy of a Registration (births +100 yrs.)
- $35 - Priority Service (not payable when applying in person)
The following payment methods are accepted:
- Credit Card - MasterCard or Visa only
- EFTPOS Debit Card or Cash - When paying in person
- Cheque or money order - Payable to Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. When paying at a WA court payable to the Department of Justice
- Overseas applicants - $AUD via credit card (MasterCard or Visa only) or international money order or bank draft payable to Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- The Refund Policy (PDF 541.32KB) outlines the circumstances that are considered for refund of fees paid for goods or services provided by the Western Australian Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
Identification that you needShow more
Applicants are required to provide at least three forms of evidence-of-identity documents before being eligible to receive certificates.
One from List 1, 2 and 3. At least one containing a photograph
One from List 1 and two from List 2. At least one containing a photograph
Two from List 2 and one from List 3. At least one containing a signature.
List 1 – Link between photo and signature
- Australian Driver’s Licence
- Australian Passport
- Australian Firearm Licence
- Defence Force/Police Id Card
- Australian Citizenship Certificate (with evidence of residential status)
- Western Australia Photo Card, Over 18 or Proof of Identity Card
- Australian learner driver’s permit card
List 2 – Evidence of Operating in the Community
- A financial institution Debit or Credit card
- Document of identity issued by the Passport Office
- Centrelink/Veterans Affairs Entitlement Card
- Birth Certificates (birth extracts are not accepted)
- Medicare Card
- Naturalisation, citizenship or immigration papers issued by the Department of Home Affairs
- Australian Security or Crowd Control Licence
- Student Identity Document or Statement of Enrolment
List 3 – Proof of Residency
- Drivers licence renewal notice
- Financial institution statement less than 6 months old
- Motor vehicle registration
- Property Lease or Tenancy Agreement
- Shire/Water rates notice
- Student Report or Certificate less than 12 months old
- Utility Account less than 6 months old
For overseas applicants, the Registry will consider overseas equivalent evidence-of-identity documents.
Where to applyShow more
Certificate applications can be submitted:
Apply online at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Online
At the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Perth or at any court location in Albany, Armadale, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Collie, Derby, Esperance, Fremantle, Geraldton, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Katanning, Kununurra, Mandurah, Manjimup, Merredin, Midland, Moora, Narrogin, Northam, Rockingham and South Hedland.
Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
PO Box 7720
PERTH WA 6850