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Published date: 13 May 2018

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The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages has found that up to 10 percent of Indigenous babies are going unregistered in some parts of NSW.

Speaking at the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Indigenous Round, NSW Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages Amanda Ianna launched a new campaign to encourage Aboriginal mums to register their bubs, as well as a new range of commemorative birth certificates.

“The number of Indigenous people still not registering births is far too high,” Ms Ianna said.

“It causes problems for children when they need a birth certificate to enrol in school or organised sport or, when they’re older, get a driver’s licence or tax file number. 

“A birth certificate is a passport to many things in life that we often take for granted.

“Some mums are under the misconception they have to pay to register their baby or they assume the hospital does it for you. That’s not the case.”

The ‘Our Kids Count’ campaign encourages Aboriginal mums to register their bubs and includes this video: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Aboriginal

Ms Ianna also unveiled a new range of commemorative birth certificates, including three new skin tone variations on the best-selling ‘baby handprint’ design.

“For parents, the commemorative certificates allow them to honour their cultural heritage while celebrating one of the most significant events of their lives,” she said.  

“They are designed for people of all backgrounds, including Indigenous communities, recently arrived migrants and multicultural families who now call NSW home.”

In addition to the handprints, there is also a Ken Done original, May Gibbs’ favourite characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and two Bananas in Pyjamas designs. 

For more information on the certificates visit: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.