Our ‘ lost’ chil­dren

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

MORE than 3000 chil­dren un­der the age of five in NSW have no of­fi­cial iden­tity be­cause their par­ents failed to ob­tain a birth cer­tifi­cate.

De­spite their births be­ing doc­u­mented by lo­cal hos­pi­tals, the lack of a record with NSW Reg­istry of Births Deaths and Mar­riages means they are ef­fec­tively “off the books”, or le­gally in­vis­i­ble.

The vast ma­jor­ity of these chil­dren are from the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity, which is the tar­get of a statewide cam­paign to be launched to­day to en­cour­age par­ents to reg­is­ter their chil­dren.

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