Recently we signed a petition to reduce the costs of research copies of Birth, Death and Marriage [BDM] certificates from the United Kingdom [UK] and make them easier to access, and it got us thinking. Why are BDM certificates so expensive in Australia and why does the process for requesting and receiving them vary so much state by state?
Do you think that it should be easier and cheaper to obtain BDM certificates in Australia for research purposes? And should there be a consistent process and pricing across all states for those same certificates? If you think that it should, then please sign this petition.
You just never know what people power can achieve, so have your say on this issue. As of today, over 650 fellow historians have already signed and had their say. Sign and spread the word!
Links for Birth, Death and Marriage certificates:
- ACT: http://www.ors.act.gov.au
- NSW: http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/searchHistoricalRecords.htm
- Northern Territory: http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/bdm/index.shtml
- Queensland: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au
- South Australia: http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/bdm
- Tasmania: http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm
- Victoria: http://ow.ly/czBoS
- Western Australia: http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au
- New Zealand: http://www.dia.govt.nz/Births-deaths-and-marriages