Kooris urged to register births
NSW Attorney General, John Hatzistergos, is urging community members to take advantage of a travelling Aboriginal Birth Certificate and Registration Service visiting Kempsey next week and register their births.
The service which is part of the project Who You Are, Where You From, provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people to get assistance to register their children and apply for birth certificates.
“Having a birth certificate establishes your identity and helps in providing access to a range of services and documents such as driver’s licences, passports, bank accounts, and health and social security benefits,” he said.
“It’s also an important and handy document to have when seeking employment, enrolling into school and even registering for organised sport.”
Mr Hatzistergos said the service, which is being run by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages in conjunction with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, seeks to raise awareness about the importance of birth registration.
Registry officers have also travelled to Tabulum, Wardell, Yamba, Bowraville, Dubbo, Newcastle, Raymond Terrace, Lake Macquarie, Taree and Forster to receive birth certificate applications and registrations from indigenous people as part of its awareness campaign.