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Births, Deaths & Marriages

Each State & Territory of Australia is responsible for the registration of births, deaths and marriages in its own jurisdiction.

Almost all provide public access to the historical indexes for free. Application for copies of the entry can be made and provided for a fee.

This page provides the details of current availability organised by State/Territory (Aug 2016).

 

New South Wales, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: 35 Regent Street, Chippendale, SYDNEY NSW 2008 (postal: GPO Box 30, SYDNEY NSW 2001)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm
Telephone: 13 77 88
Web-site: http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au
Registration began: 1856
Church Indexes: 1788-1856
Births: unrestricted family history indexes 1856-1916 : free online index gives district & parents given names
Marriages: unrestricted family history indexes 1856-1966 : free online index gives district & 2nd party full name
Deaths: unrestricted family history indexes 1856-1986 : free online index gives district & parents given names
Cost: free to search the indexes online, $32 when registration number is provided, $53 without registration number
Notes: Has produced a smart phone "app" for their historical indexes.
Allows access to the registers by Transcription Agents, these agents can transcribe the facts into a report for a fraction of the cost of a full certified copy. Agent details found on their web-site.

Victoria, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: Ground Floor, 595 Collins Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000 (postal: PO Box 5220, MELBOURNE VIC 3001)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Telephone: 1300 369 367
Web-site: http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/
Registration began: 1853
Church Indexes: from 1836
Births: unrestricted family history indexes 1853-1915 : online index not free
Marriages: unrestricted family history indexes 1853-1942 : online index not free
Deaths: unrestricted family history indexes 1853-1988 : online index not free
Cost: free to search the indexes online, historical certificate $31.80, uncertified historical image $24.60
Notes: You must provide the reference number when ordering the certificate or image.
The following indexes have been produced by the Dept and maybe found in libraries and family history societies:
- Victoria Early Church Records 1836-1853
- Australia's Army War Dead 1885-1972
- Marine Index 1853-1920
- Marriage Index 1921-1942

Queensland, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: 110 George Street, BRISBANE QLD 4700 (postal: PO Box 15188, CITY EAST QLD 4002)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Telephone: 13 74 68
Web-site: https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/
Registration began: 1856
Church Indexes: from 1829
Births: unrestricted family history indexes 1829-1916 : free online index gives both parents full name
Marriages: unrestricted family history indexes 1829-1941 : free online index gives full names of both parties
Deaths: unrestricted family history indexes 1829-1986 : free online index gives both parents full name
Cost: free to search online; $20.70 for a historical image & $29 historical certificate (downloaded)
Notes: A online ordering system is now in place at QLD BDM. You can conduct a free search and then download images immediately. The applicable costs are dependent on the type & date of event.

Tasmania, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: 134 Macquarie Street, HOBART TAS 7000 [Govt Shop] (postal: GPO Box 198, HOBART TAS 7001)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 1300 135 513
Web-site: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/home
Registration began: 1839
Church Indexes: from 1803
Births: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1803-1916 : no online search facility
Marriages: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1803-1941 : no online search facility
Deaths: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1803-1991 : no online search facility
Cost: $39 for certified or historical certificate
Notes: Indexes are not available online. The following indexes have been produced by the Dept and maybe found in libraries and family history societies:
- The Tasmanian Federation Index (births 1900-1919, deaths and marriages 1900-1930)
- The Tasmanian Pioneers Index (birth, death and marriage 1803-1899)
Tasmanian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Microfiche Indexes
  - Set 1: Births 1900-1905 / Deaths & Marriages 1915-1919
  - Set 2: Deaths & Marriages 1900-1914

South Australia, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: Ground Floor, 91-97 Grenfell Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000 (postal: GPO Box 1351, ADELAIDE SA 5001)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Telephone: 131 882 (general enquiries only)
Web-site: http://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/bdm/
Registration began: 1842
Church Indexes: n/a
Births: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1842-1928
Marriages: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1842-1937
Deaths: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased 1842-1972
Cost: $47.75 for a standard certificate
Notes: Indexes are not available online. Applications for certificates can be made online through SA BDM, however you need to register and know all the relevant details including reference number.

Online indexes are however available by Genealogy SA (The Sth Aust Genealogy Society) at http://genealogysa.org.au. Indexes are free to search and provide the registration number and both parents full names. Genealogy SA can provide a transcript of the entry for a small fee ($22) or you can take the registration number to SA BDM and apply for the full certificate.

Northern Territory, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: Nichols Place, cnr Bennett & Cavenagh Streets, DARWIN NT 0800 (postal: GPO Box 3021, DARWIN NT 0801)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.00pm
Telephone: (08) 8999 6119
Web-site: https://nt.gov.au/law/bdm
Registration began: 1870
Church Indexes: n/a
Births: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased from 1870-1936 : no online search facility
Marriages: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased from 1872-1956 : no online search facility
Deaths: unrestricted family history certificates can be purchased from 1871-1986 : no online search facility
Cost: $44.00 for a standard certificate
Notes: At present, online indexes are not available. Applications forms for certificates are available online and can be posted to the NT BDM office.
The Dept has created the following index which may be available at libraries or family history societies:
- Historical indices for births, deaths and marriages, Northern Territory
  births 1870-1918; deaths 1871-1913; marriages 1872-1913.

Western Australia, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: L 10 / 141 St Georges Terrace PERTH WA 6000 (postal: PO Box 7720, Cloisters Square PERTH WA 6850)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm
Telephone: 1300 305 021
Web-site: http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au
Registration began: 1841
Church Indexes: n/a
Births: unrestricted family history index 1841-1932 : free online index gives district and some parents names
Marriages: unrestricted family history index 1841-1936 : free online index gives district and names of both parties
Deaths: unrestricted family history index 1841-1971 : free online index gives district and some parents names
Cost: $31.00 for a standard historical certificate
Notes: The State Library holds collections of some indexes of church & cemetery records dating back to 1830

Australian Capital Territory, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Location: 255 Canberra Avenue, FYSHWICK ACT 2609 [Govt shop] (postal: GPO Box 158, Canberra City ACT 2601)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm
Telephone: (02) 6207 3000
Web-site: http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/births_deaths_and_marriages#top
Registration began: 1930
Church Indexes: n/a
Births: n/a
Marriages: unrestricted family history index 1930-1936 : free online index gives names of both parties
Deaths: unrestricted family history index 1930-1981 : free online index gives both parents names if known
Cost: $45.00 for a standard certificate
Notes: certificates can be ordered online or via post