The Victorian Law Reform Commission is presently conducting a review of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1996 (Vic), examining whether processes for registration and certification are accessible to people in the community, especially those from Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and other groups experiencing disadvantage.
In November 2012, the Commission provided a submission in response to a Consultation Paper. This submission addressed the human rights implications of themes raised in the Consultation Paper's terms of reference. These themes included:
- human rights implications of the birth registration system
- barriers associated with the registration and certification process
- how the process for birth registration and certification can be made more accessible.