Closing the Gap on Indigenous Birth Registration

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Many Indigenious Australians are unable to obtain a birth certificate because their birth was never registered, or they cannot satisfy the Births, Deaths & Marriages' ID requirements. The result is a significant gap between the birth registration rates of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Birth Regsitration is a fundamental human right in international law. We will assess the extent of Australia's compliance with international laws through empirical research that: (1) quantifies the extent of the problem; (2) identifies the causes; (3) recommends solutions. The project will facilitate the gathering of accurate population data on Indigenous births, essential for the realisation of the Government's 'Closing the Gap' initiatives.
Effective start/end date2/07/1231/12/18


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD150,000.00
  • Plan International Australia: AUD75,000.00
  • Clayton Utz Lawyers: AUD60,000.00
  • South East Australian Aboriginal Justice Services Limited (trading as Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service)
  • Hills Community Support Group Inc.
  • Equal Opportunity Commission Western Australia
  • Tangentyere Council
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (Queensland): AUD15,000.00