Achieving Universal Birth Registration for Indigenous Australians: Recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform Commission

(2014) 8(14) Indigenous Law Bulletin 11

4 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2015

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Paula Gerber

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Melissa Castan

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Birth registration and birth certificates are fundamental human rights. Yet these rights are not reflected in the Australian legislative regime. Rather than focusing on the rights of children to have their birth registered and a birth certificate issued, the statutory regime in Victoria, and other state and territories, is framed around the obligation of the parent to undertake these tasks, or risk being fined. This article analyses the recommendations made by the Victorian Law Reform Commission in its Birth Registration and Birth Certificate Report which was produced following a community consultation.

Keywords: birth registration, birth certificate, Indigenous, identity, civil registration, vital statistics, Regulatory law

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Gerber, Paula and Castan, Melissa, Achieving Universal Birth Registration for Indigenous Australians: Recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform Commission (2014). (2014) 8(14) Indigenous Law Bulletin 11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2557832

Paula Gerber (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Melissa Castan

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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