Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

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78B Information matching to trace unregistered births


The purpose of this section is to authorise the Registrar-General to obtain information from the department for the time being responsible for the administration of the Social Security Act 1964 (the department) in order to assist in locating and contacting the mothers of children whose births are unregistered so that their births may be registered.


The Registrar-General may request the department to supply the postal address and residential address (if different from the postal address) of a person—


in respect of whom that information is held for the purposes of the Social Security Act 1964; and


who the Registrar-General has grounds to believe may be the mother of a child whose birth is unregistered.


No request may be made unless—


there is an agreement between the department and the Registrar-General in accordance with section 99 of the Privacy Act 1993; and


the request is in accordance with the agreement.


The Registrar-General may cause a comparison to be made between information supplied as a result of a request under this section and other information held by the Registrar-General for the purposes of this Act.

Section 78B: inserted, on 24 January 2009, by section 30 of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).