Adopted people in the Goulburn electorate area will be able to have both their birth and adopted families included on a birth certificate for the first time in the State’s history following new reforms introduced to Parliament.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman MP said the introduction of integrated birth certificates (IBCs) will modernise this important legal identity document by including an adopted person’s full history. “For many adopted people in the area, the current birth certificate does not reflect their full life story, including who they are and where they come from,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“These reforms will give people the choice to use a birth certificate that includes information about their parents and siblings at birth, as well as their parents and siblings after they have been adopted.”
Under the current law, a birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages (BDM) after a person is adopted can only record the child’s adoptive parents and any adoptive siblings, making no reference to the birth parents.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the NSW Government have listened to the calls for reform from adopted people and legal experts. “We are delighted to be introducing the first change to birth certificates for adopted people in 55 years,” Mr Speakman said.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said making an integrated birth certificate available to adopted people aligns with contemporary “open” adoption practices.