The Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project, is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program that aims to redress this issue by conducting sign-up days in towns and areas where there are significant numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who don’t have birth certificates. Since the program’s inception approximately 4,700 people have gained access to their birth certificates.
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 (IAS). 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:
Unregistered births of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.
A free Birth Certificate is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet the following criteria:
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.
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:
(You need one from here)
(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|
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 email@example.com or Lyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New schedule for 2017 will be out soon.
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p. 04 2772 6559
a. 87a Beardy Street, Armidale NSW 2350