Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

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19 Names to be specified when birth notified

(1)

The person or persons who notify a Registrar of the birth of a child under section 9 or 10 must also specify for the child—

(a)

1 name designated to be treated as the child’s surname and 1 or more other names; or

(b)

if the religious or philosophical beliefs, or cultural traditions, of a parent (whether living or dead) or living guardian of the child require the child to bear only 1 name, 1 name.

(2)

Nothing in subsection (1) requires any name other than a name designated to be treated as the child’s surname to be specified in the notification of a still-birth.

(3)

Where—

(a)

either—

(i)

the Registrar-General has declined to include any name or names in the information recorded under this Act relating to a birth; or

(ii)

a Registrar has declined to include any name or names in the information recorded under this Act relating to a birth, and the Registrar-General has declined to direct the Registrar to do so; and

(b)

the Family Court has not determined that the name or names whose inclusion has been declined should be included,—

the question of whether or not subsection (1) has been complied with must be determined as if the name or names whose inclusion has been declined had not been specified.

Section 19(1): substituted, on 24 January 2009, by section 12(1) of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 19(3): amended, on 24 January 2009, by section 12(2) of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 48).

Section 19(3)(b): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).