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A birth certificate ensures a child is officially recognised and counted. It’s an essential first step to accessing life-changing services and support.

But did you know not all Australian children have a birth certificate?

Here in Australia, too many children are growing up without a birth certificate which is critical to access healthcare, education, sporting programs, government services, official identification, driver's licence, tax file number, bank accounts and employment.

Without a birth certificate, everyday things that many people take for granted become nearly impossible, such as enrolling in school, accessing healthcare or even opening a bank account.

Help a child unlock the potential of a birth certificate. Give a child the gift of hope.

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Every Child Counts

Aimee, with her family, children and cousins outside the Pathfinders roadshow in Gunnedah NSW. ©UNICEFAustralia/2023/Labade

Aimee (centre), mother of Anton, Jarvis and Aria, knew all too well the impacts of not having a birth certificate. A birth certificate is the key to unlocking a child’s fundamental rights, such as enrolling in daycare and even playing sport.  

“As children grow, not having a birth certificate means it's really hard to enter the workforce, it's hard to get a driver's licence and maintain your independence.

Katie Maskiell, Head of Child Rights, Policy and Advocacy at UNICEF Australia   

Yet, barriers like from registration sites have kept families like Aimee’s from receiving birth certificates. In fact, almost 200,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians don’t have access to this foundational document. 

In June 2023, Aimee registered three generations of her family for birth certificates at a UNICEF-supported sign-up day in the rural NSW town of Gunnedah. Thanks to the support of kind people like you, Aimee's children can continue going to school, pursue their passions and grow to their full potential.

“My kids are really good at school, so I want them to be able to continue to go.”

Aimee, mother of Anton, Jarvis and Aria     

For over thirty years, UNICEF has been a key global player in birth registration. In recent years, we worked with governments and communities worldwide to register more than 16 million births and issue birth certificates to over 13 million people.  

At UNICEF Australia, we partner with the Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program to support local communities to apply for birth certificates and help build pathways for children to thrive in the future

By 2030, UNICEF seeks to achieve universal birth registration because every child, everywhere, deserves an identity.   

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Frequently Asked Questions

UNICEF is working to strengthen birth registration systems, raise awareness, and advocate for every child’s right to a legal identity, including here in Australia, where too many children are unregistered around the country.

UNICEF Australia has joined forces with Pathfinders, a community-based organisation supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to obtain birth certificates or register births through their National Aboriginal Birth Certificate program.  

To July 2023, UNICEF Australia has supported six community roadshow events, registering over 500 births across NSW and the ACT through this partnership. Our ultimate ambition is achieving universal birth registration for every child in Australia, no matter what.

Inspired Gifts are a collection of charity gifts essential for child survival and development. They provide crucial aid to children living in areas affected by poverty, conflict or natural disaster. When you order an Inspired Gift for family or friends, real supplies like vaccines and food are shipped from UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen to children and families in need around the world.

With each purchase you can personalise a card for your nominated recipient that tells them about the incredible impact their Inspired Gift will have. You can choose to send the card in the mail or receive it instantly as a print-at-home PDF or an e-card.

Yes, they are. All of the Inspired Gifts you see on our website are real, tangible items being distributed year-round in response to the needs of children around the world.

If you choose to order a printed card, you should allow 10 working days for delivery. While we process all orders as efficiently as possible, please note that we are unable to control the timing of postage delivery through Australia Post. For any questions about the delivery of your order please call 1300 884 223 between the hours of 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. 

If you choose the e-card or print-at-home PDF, it will be delivered immediately.

Yes, and you are able to nominate a different delivery address for each card, if you wish.

Inspired Gifts respond to the real and changing needs of children around the world, so the item you select will be substituted for another item when there is a greater need for it. This means we cannot guarantee that the gift you select is the one that will be delivered to the field. We hope that through your purchase you are trusting us to deliver the supplies that will have the most impact for children in urgent need.