New parents can now register the birth of their baby online in less than 20 minutes with the roll out of a new system.
The Online Birth Registration System (BRS) is a web-based application form that reduces processing times, increases efficiency and the accuracy of birth records by giving parents and guardians more control over the entering of their child’s registration details.
It is linked to the online birth certificate applications so they can register and apply for a birth certificate at the same time, in one simple transaction.
Parents will receive their baby’s birth certificate up to two weeks earlier than the previous system.
They can preview information before submitting for a birth registration or a birth certificate. There is a unique reference code once an application is started, that can be used to track the progress of an application.
How does Online BRS work?
It’s simple. When a parent or guardian submits an online registration, the system will attempt to automatically match it to a Notice of Birth (NOB) submitted by a hospital or midwife. If all the information is correct, the match will take place and a birth registration is created. If they also applied for a birth certificate, this will print automatically once a successful birth registration has been made in the system.
The launch of the online birth registration system makes the services more accessible and easier to use for the broader NSW community.
New parents will receive a flyer in their parent pack that provides them with the simple steps to register their baby. The registration can be submitted on a number of devices including a tablet, desktop, laptop and some mobile phones. This flyer replaces the paper Birth Registration application form in the parent pack, and is available in multiple languages on the Registry’s website www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/newborn
For those who have limited access to online services, a request can be made by phone on 13 77 88 for a paper application to be posted to them.