Births, Deaths and Marriages in AustraliaEdit

Births, deaths and marriages (BDMs) must be registered by law in Australia. Each State maintains its own archives and indexes. Most can be searched for free, however charges apply for access to copies of the certificates.

New South WalesEdit

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has a rolling embargo period on information in the Family History indexes, and supplies:

  • Births – more than 100 years ago
  • Deaths – more than 30 years ago
  • Marriages – more than 50 years ago

NSW Civil registration began in 1856. Prior to this, early church baptismal, marriage and burial records are available, however they may not contain as much detailed information. The Family History Indexes are free to search.


The Victorian Birth, Deaths and Marriages historic indexes supply:

  • Births - 1853 to 1908
  • Marriages - 1853 to 1942
  • Deaths - 1853 to 1985
  • Church baptisms, marriages and burials - 1836 to 1853.

Searches are charged as AUD$0.99 per page of results viewed (as at August 2010), up to a set limit. Credit card details are required before viewing results.


The Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages historical index search includes:

  • Births up to and including 1914
  • Deaths up to and including 1964
  • Marriages up to including 1934

Free search.

South AustraliaEdit

Family History South Australia] has a combination of free online indexes and links to other services available in libraries and archives. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office has no indexes on line, however indexes can be [purchased or may be accessed from some public libraries.

Western AustraliaEdit

The Western Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages online indexes supply:

  • Birth indexes - 1841 to 1932
  • Death indexes - 1841 to 1965
  • Marriage indexes - 1841 to 1936.

Free search.


Tasmanian family history indexes are not available online, but may be ordered from the website or accessed from some public libraries.

Northern TerritoryEdit

Indexes are not available online. The historic indexes can be purchased from bookshops specialising in genealogy, and may be access from some public libraries.


Newspapers can contain family announcements, court proceedings, and other information which will fill in details of your research. These are some sources of historic Australian newspaper articles:

  • Trove (free online service). The National Library of Australia provides fully scanned and indexed Australian newspapers online from 1803-1954. This is an ongoing project.
  • Local Public Libraries may collect their local newspapers, and may offer a newspaper clipping service.


Genealogical/family history societies are non-profit member-based community organisations that provide assistance to members and the public in research and access to records. Each of the states and territories has at least one major society and often numbers of rural or special interest societies.