Having a birth certificate is a key to citizenship. Most people born in this country take it for granted that they can prove they are Australian and lawful citizens by producing their birth certificate. But a number of Australians — predominantly Indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities — miss out on the benefits of citizenship and struggle to fully participate in society because their birth has never been registered, or if it was, they cannot produce a birth certificate to prove it.
This chapter analyses what international human rights law says about the right to birth registration and a birth certificate, and whether Australia is complying with these international standards.
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Paula Gerber Monash University - Faculty of Law
Melissa Castan Monash University - Faculty of Law
Date publ: May 3, 2015
Date posted: May 14, 2015
Date retrieved: March 25, 2016
Retrieved from: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2602058
Chapter 1 in Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber (eds) Proof of Birth (2015) Future Leaders, Melbourne, Australia
JEL Classification: J71, K33
Gerber, Paula and Castan, Melissa, The Right to Universal Birth Registration (May 3, 2015). Chapter 1 in Melissa Castan & Paula Gerber (eds) Proof of Birth (2015) Future Leaders, Melbourne, Australia. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602058