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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 enrolling in schools and in accessing mainstream services, such as opening bank accounts, joining sporting clubs, voting, and applying for a job, a driver’s licence or a passport.

Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

The Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project, was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program that aimed 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 more than 8,000 people have gained access to their birth certificates.

Eligibility

A free Birth Certificate was available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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

 ID requirements

Pathfinders recognised that in the absence of a Birth Certificate it was 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 have 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

 


Latest News

29 May 2018

Seeking Funding Support to reinvigorate the Pathfinders NABC Program

A meeting was held in Tamworth on Friday 25th May with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell and Phil Naden, CEO of Bila Muuji, in the hope of Seeking Funding Support to reinvigorate the Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program in NSW. Pathfinders is determined to source additional funds to keep this vital program operating as Aboriginal... View Article

06 Mar 2018

National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program – ABC Interview

Joe Craigie, Pathfinders’ Senior Manager of Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement, spoke with ABC New England North West about the organisation’s efforts to revive, refund and eventually expand the Pathfinders’ National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program. Listen below to hear the full interview:   For more information on the NABC program visit our website http://www.pathfinders.ngo/projects/aboriginal-birth-certificate-project/ or to contact... View Article

23 Feb 2018

Hopes for Reviving Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program Remain Alive

A Pathfinders delegation met with senior members of Federal Parliament last week to promote the advancement of the National Aboriginal Birth Certificate program. CEO of Pathfinders, Alan Brennan, said funding for the initial three-year phase of the program had ended but its continuation was recognised as being important towards closing the gap. “Under the program... View Article

07 Nov 2017

Successful Free Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program has Ended

After helping more than 8,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people obtain a free Birth Certificate, Pathfinders’ National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program (NABC) is wrapping up its services after reaching the project’s targets and concluding its funding. Non-profit and community services provider Pathfinders Ltd ran the NABC program across New South Wales and Queensland and... View Article

26 Oct 2017

Innovative Cultural Camp for Aboriginal Youth a Success

Thirty-three Aboriginal kids from the Northern, Western, Hunter New England and Sydney Districts of New South Wales immersed themselves in traditional art and customs at the inaugural Pathfinders Cultural Camp. Not-for-profit and Out-of-Home Care (OoHC) provider, Pathfinders, created the culture camp to address the loss of transmission of cultural knowledge from generation to generation for... View Article

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Ronald Naden

2/26 Gordon Street

COFFS HARBOUR  NSW  2450

e. ronaldn@pathfinders.ngo