Access to your birth, marriage and name change records
Birth, death, marriage, civil union and name change records are a public register — anyone can generally request copies of someone's information. You can see who's accessed your records since 2009 or block access to them if your safety is at risk.
Who can access your personal information
Birth, marriage, civil union, name change and death records are a public register — this means that anyone can generally legally request a certificate or printout of a record, even if it's someone else's. Some government agencies can also access your info as part of their regular work.
Some records can't be accessed. These include:
- pre-adoptive birth certificates
- pre-sex reassignment birth certificates (if you've changed your gender on your birth certificate).
Find out who's accessed your information
You can find out who's requested your birth, marriage, civil union and name change records since 25 January 2009. This is free.
You'll find out:
- the name of the person who applied for your information
- the date they applied
- whether or not the application was granted.
You usually won't find out about any government agencies who've accessed your information as part of their work.
Hide your records
If you think that public access to your birth, marriage, civil union or name change records would put you or your family in danger, you can apply for a non-disclosure direction.
A non-disclosure direction means that the only people who can access your records are:
- authorised government departments doing their regular work
- your parent or guardian if you're under 18
- your power of attorney if you have one.
Anyone else who tries to request your records will be advised that the information exists but can't be given to them.
A non-disclosure direction lasts for 5 years.
Get a non-disclosure direction
- Request, reinstate or withdraw a non-disclosure direction BDM 132 (PDF 122 KB) (Request, reinstate or withdraw a non-disclosure direction BDM 132 accessible alternative (txt 14 KB)), and
- General identity declaration form BDM 130 (PDF 63 KB) (General identity declaration form BDM 130 accessible alternative (txt 3 KB)).
You must also provide the original or a certified true copy of at least one of:
- a current protection order
- a current restraining order
- a police report
- a statutory declaration or letter from a police officer, lawyer, medical doctor, Justice of the Peace, or your employer, and/or
- any other evidence you have to show that access to your records could be dangerous to you or your family.
If you're applying for:
- someone under 18 who's in your care, you need to provide evidence that you're that child's parent or legal guardian
- someone over 18 as their power of attorney or representative, you need to provide a certified copy of the power of attorney document, or a written authority that shows you're their authorised representative.
Renew a non-disclosure direction
After 5 years, your non-disclosure direction will expire unless you renew it. You won't be contacted to say when it's going to expire.
To reinstate it for another 5 years, you need to provide evidence that your safety is still at risk .
Cancel a non-disclosure direction
You can withdraw a non-disclosure direction anytime. Compete a:
- Request, reinstate or withdraw a non-disclosure direction BDM 132 (PDF 122 KB) (Request, reinstate or withdraw a non-disclosure direction BDM 132 accessible alternative (txt 14 KB)) and a,
- General identity declaration form BDM 130 (PDF 63KB) (General identity declaration form BDM 130 accessible alternative (txt 3 KB)).
If you make your own information public
If you have a non-disclosure direction and you make any part of your information publicly available, anyone can then ask Births, Deaths and Marriages to verify whether that information matches your registered information.