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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Review of the access provisions in the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

Overview

The Department of Internal Affairs is reviewing the access provisions in accordance with the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (Amendment Act), which required a review to commence five years after implementation (see below). More information on the changes made by the Amendment Act can be found in the New Zealand Parliament website which includes the Select Committee report, Supplementary Order Papers and the parliamentary debates.

Briefly, the access provisions set out what information can be made available about registered births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, and name changes (BDM information); who can access BDM information; and where, how and when the BDM information can be made available.

Proposals Paper – March 2016

On 21 March 2016, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne, released a Proposals Paper in Phase 2 of the Review of access provisions in the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995. 

The Department invites public submissions on these proposals, which respond to submissions received on the Discussion Paper released in 2015 (Phase 1 of the Review). Submissions are due by 5.00 pm, Friday 29 April 2016

Download BDM Review Proposals PaperPDF, 22 pages, 295kb

Make a submission

No particular form is needed to make a submission but we suggest you use the form at the end of the Proposals Paper (see page 20).  You do not have to respond to all the proposals.

You may save the document to your PC and work on it offline. To submit electronically, click on the 'Sumit by Email' button on page 22. Your data will automatically be attached to an addressed email message, ready to send to: bdmreview@dia.govt.nz

Alternatively, you may attach your own documents or send an email message of your own to: bdmreview@dia.govt.nz

OR

mail a copy of your submission to:

Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 Review
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

Submissions are due by 5.00 pm, Friday 29 April 2016

What happens next

Following this second round of public consultation, the Department will prepare final recommendations for the Minister’s consideration, and the report that the Minister will present to Parliament later this year (Phase 3 of the Review).

Interested parties will be able to make a submission on specific changes to the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995 as part of the usual select committee process at a later date.

Discussion paper – January–February 2015

The Department issued a Discussion Paper – Access to the registers: births, deaths, marriages, civil unions and name changes (PDF, 140kb) – in January 2015. The Paper sought feedback on people’s experience of the access provisions. Eighty submissions were received by the closing date of 25 February 2015.

What submitters said

Background: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008

The Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Amendment Act 2008 (Amendment Act) amended the (then) Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995.

The Act provides for the registration of information about births, adoptions, changes of name, sexual assignment and reassignment, marriages, civil unions, and deaths. It also provides for public and government agency access to that information and for the issue of birth, death, marriage and civil union certificates. These activities are administered by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, whose appointment is governed by the Act.

The Amendment Act made amendments to improve the Registrar-General’s ability to collect and verify information for the purposes of the Act, better regulate access to that information, and modernise the Act to take account of technological and social developments.

The Amendment Act came into effect on 25 January 2009.