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.

About this resource

Type of Resource: 
Journals, Articles and Working Papers
Year of Publication: 
2015
Publishing Information: 

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

Suggested Citation

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