Report No. 41, 57th Parliament - Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill 2022

Committee's Report

The committee tabled its Report No. 41, 57th Parliament - Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill 2022 on 24 February 2023. The Government's Response to this report was tabled on 24 May 2023. The Bill was passed without amendment by the Queensland Parliament on 14 June 2023.

View: Report
View: Government response 
View:Parliamentary debate on the Bill
14 June 2023 - transcript pages 1828-1865; transcript pages 1877-1886
The debate can be viewed by clicking on the movie icon within the transcripts.


On 2 December 2022 the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence introduced the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Bill 2022 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration.

View: Explanatory speech 
View: Bill 
View: Explanatory Notes
View: Statement of compatibility 

Draft regulation tabled with the Bill
View: Draft Subordinate Legislation No. …
View: Draft Subordinate legislation – Explanatory Notes
View: Draft Subordinate legislation – Human Rights Certificate 

Objectives of the Bill 

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 (BDMR Act) establishes Queensland’s life event registration system and commenced on 1 February 2004 based on a Model Law which was designed to provide nationally consistent legislation across Australian States and Territories. 

Since 2004 there have been changes to the social, policy and operational environment which have affected the way the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the registry) delivers its services including: 

  • a number of social changes that have led to calls for the life event system to more appropriately accommodate the diversity of Queensland society (e.g., increased use of fertilisation procedures and greater awareness of the trans and gender diverse community)
  • significant operational changes at the registry, including online applications processes for certain services and the development of several new data products and services to support the registry’s status as an entirely self-funded entity
  • an increased focus by government on appropriate data use and protection, and the prevention of identity theft and fraud, including ensuring life event registration systems are not misused for fraudulent purposes.

The Bill repeals and replaces the existing BDMR Act to ensure registration services remain relevant, responsive and contemporary. The key objectives of the Bill are to:

  • strengthen the legal recognition of trans and gender diverse people
  • better recognise contemporary family and parenting structures
  • facilitate improvements in the operations of the registry
  • support fraud prevention and minimise misuse of the life event system
  • clarify the information collection, use and sharing powers of the registrar.

Further information

Further information including written briefings from the department, the response to submissions, transcripts from proceedings and answers to questions taken on notice are under the Related Publications tab.


Submissions closed:11 January 2023 - see ‘View submissions’ tab
Public hearing:24 January 2023 - program - broadcast part 1 - broadcast part 2 - transcript
Public briefing:30 January 2023 - program - broadcast - transcript
Report tabled:24 February 2023 - Report 
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