Thou­sands have no of­fi­cial ID

Pilbara News - - State News - Cathy O’Leary

Thou­sands of WA Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren have no of­fi­cial iden­tity and are in a le­gal limbo.

A study pub­lished in the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Jour­nal of Pub­lic Health this week shows more than 4600 chil­dren born to Abo­rig­i­nal moth­ers in WA be­tween 1996 and 2012 did not have their births reg­is­tered.

This meant al­most one in five Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren un­der age 16 had no of­fi­cial iden­tity and would strug­gle to open bank ac­counts or get a li­cence or a job.

Par­ents were re­quired to reg­is­ter a birth within 60 days and it costs $47 to get a birth cer­tifi­cate.

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