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National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

An estimated 300,000 Australians have not had their births registered and 500,000 do not have a birth certificate.  As a consequence, many people struggle to fully participate in Australian society without this simple but vital document. They experience difficulty in accessing mainstream services, such as opening bank accounts, joining sporting clubs, enrolling in school, applying for a job or driver’s licence, or voting.

Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

The Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project, is an Indigenous Program which aims to redress this issue by conducting sign-up days in towns and areas where there are significant numbers of Aboriginal people who don’t have birth certificates. Since the program’s inception approximately 1000 people have gained access to their birth certificates.

Support

The primary source of funding for the Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project comes from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in three priority areas – getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities. To make this happen, the Government is transforming the way Indigenous programs are delivered through the implementation of the IAS. The core areas of focus are:

  • Jobs, Land and Economy
  • Children and Schooling
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Culture and Capability
  • Remote Australia Strategies

Unregistered births of Indigenous Australians are higher than in the wider community and applications for Birth Certificates are noticeably lower. A grant from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to Pathfinders to tackle this issue will enable more sign up days, cover the costs of birth certificates, and allow more people to fully participate in society and address the areas of focus of the IAS.

Eligibility

A free Birth certificate is available for Aboriginal applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Are preparing to attend pre-school
  • Are preparing to attend primary school
  • Are preparing to attend secondary school
  • Are transitioning from school to the workforce
  • Are transitioning from school into further education
  • Were born in NSW, Qld, ACT or Vic
  • A parent of children / young people applying is also eligible

Other aspects of the project:

We continue to advocate and lobby for additional funding and to make the process simpler and more affordable for all Australians. Private and corporate donations are welcome.

ID requirements

Pathfinders recognises that in the absence of a Birth Certificate it may be difficult to produce the forms of identification required to apply for a certificate. Several forms of identification are still required by law and Parents/Guardians and young people 16 yrs and over must bring 3 forms of ID from the following:

Category 1
(You need one from here)
Category  2
(You need two from here)
Proof of Guardianship
(You need one from here)
Driver’s License Medicare Card Child’s name on Medicare card
Passport Credit or Debit Card Child’s name on C’link card
Firearm’s License Proof of Age Card Letter from at GP
RTA or RMS Photo card Letter from Centrelink
Centrelink Benefit Card
Certificate of Aboriginality
Marriage License

 

We are experienced in working with people who have difficulty producing the required documentation, so do not be discouraged. Talk to us at our next sign up day or contact Hilton on 04 2772 6559 or Lyn on 02 6788 2123. You can also email Hilton at hiltonn@pathfinders.ngo or Lyn at lynettew@pathfinders.ngo.

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Upcoming sign-up days:

New schedule for  2016 will be out soon.

Please click here for our calendar of events to find a sign up day close to you.

Download an NABC Checklist

Download a Birth Certificate Application

Download the priority areas for Birth Certificate Sign Up Days In Queensland


Latest News

27 Jun 2016

Successful sign up’s at Redfern

Listen Another successful sign up day for the National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program at The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence which was held on Thursday and Friday last week. Over 120 applications for birth certificates were received. Thank you to our volunteers, staff and young people who assisted on the day. Ryan who is in... View Article

23 Jun 2016

Birth Certificate Sign up days in Redfern

Listen A reminder about the Sign Up days in Redfern today and tomorrow. Free Birth Certificate and Free Birth Registration for Aboriginal young people. Sign up day at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern on Thursday 23rd June 10am-3pm and Friday 24th June 10am – 8.30pm. Click here for more information

19 Oct 2015

Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project on the Mid North Coast

Listen Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate project is proudly supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet via the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. A free birth certificate is available for Aboriginal applicants that meeting the following criteria: Are preparing to attend pre-school Are preparing to attend primary school Are preparing to attend secondary school Are transitional from... View Article

p. 04 2772 6559

e. hiltonn@pathfinders.ngo

a. 87a Beardy Street, Armidale NSW 2350