Records go online
Victorians will be able to access birth, death and marriage certificates online under a overhaul of the state’s outdated records system by the Victorian Government.
Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced last week the release of the Request for Tender for a new IT system for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
He said in a boon for family historians, last-minute overseas travellers and anyone wanting to access their personal records quickly, the 27-year-old system would be replaced by a more efficient one to meet modern demands.
The registry is seeking bids for a new core business system to replace its obsolete records management system.
The new system will also provide more accurate cross-referencing of records and a better collection and analysis of population data.
‘‘This request for tender is a major step in bringing the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages into the modern world,’’ Mr Pakula said.
‘‘Victorians deserve a consistent, fast digital system for their important records.
‘‘The current system was built more than 25 years ago, has limited flexibility for online innovation, and is fast approaching full capacity for the storage of documents.’’
The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages holds about 14 million records, and each year adds 77 000 births, 37 000 deaths, 29 000 marriages and 11 000 change-ofname registrations.