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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill 1998

Bill No. 122
Long Title The purpose of the Bill is to enable freedom of choice in the naming of a child at the time of registration of birth, including the recognition of traditional and religious naming procedures of all ethnic groups. The Bill also recognises the current method of computerised registration and generation of certificates and promotes the development of further proposals for electronic access and collection of registration information. The Bill provides a formal requirement for hospitals, or in other cases the doctor or midwife, responsible for the professional care of a mother at birth, to notify the Registrar of a birth. The Registrar will have greater scope to record parentage details in the register on the application of one parent. The Bill will also enable the registration of a death of a person who dies outside the Commonwealth but is domiciled or ordinarily resident in the State or leaves property in the State. The provision is intended to provide the next of kin with easy access to a death certificate.
Status Assented to
Royal Assent given 30 Oct 1998 as Act No. 39/98 of 1998. Different sections of this Act come into operation on Royal Assent and Proclamation. For details refer to Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)
Current Bill
Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading 06/11/1998  
Second Reading 06/16/1998 1 
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 10/20/1998  
Consideration in Detail 10/20/1998  
Third Reading 10/20/1998  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 04/28/1998  
First Reading 04/28/1998  
Second Reading 04/28/1998 1, 2 
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 06/09/1998  
Committee of the whole 06/09/1998  
Amendments adopted 06/10/1998  
Third Reading 06/11/1998  

Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Reinstated to the stage reached in the previous Session    

1. Bill accompanied by explanatory notes.
2. Cognate debate with the Acts Repeal and Amendment (Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration) Bill 1998.