Registering the birth of newborns will now be quick and easy for South Australian parents.
A new online system for birth registration will offer greater convenience and significantly reduce waiting times for documentation for parents of newborns.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau said the online registrations is being rolled out from today following a successful pilot program at three metropolitan hospitals.
“During the pilot period, more than 60 online birth registrations were completed and the feedback received from new parents was extremely positive,” Mr Rau said.
“The online method speeds up the registration process significantly and reduces the waiting time for a birth certificate from two weeks down to three days.”
By law parents in South Australia are required to register a birth within 60 days.
“Under the new online method birth registration details are submitted online, reducing waiting times for parents who elect to receive a birth certificate with their online registration.
“Registering a birth online will also assist in the provision of more accurate information on birth certificates by eliminating the possibility of misinterpreting handwriting.
“By removing red-tape from the process we are allowing for better use of State Government resources whilst providing a more convenient and efficient option for parents.”
Once the parents have lodged the birth registration online, Births, Deaths and Marriages email them a copy of the form which they will need to print, sign and return (it is a legislative requirement that parents must sign the form).
The online birth registration service is available for all South Australian parents and will be free of charge.
Parents will also be able to use the online registration page to order and pay for a birth certificate at the same time.
Baby packs will be provided to new mothers at South Australian hospitals outlining the new the online registration method.
For more information, or to register a birth online, visit: www.cbs.sa.gov.au.