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On 10 April 2012, amendments to the change of name provisions in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (the BDM Act) commenced.
The amendments provide that restricted persons, including inmates and certain other offenders, may not make an application to the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the BDM Registrar) or an interstate Registrar to register a change of name, unless the Commissioner of Corrective Services (the Commissioner) has approved the making of the application.
Section 31B (1) of the BDM Act provides that a restricted person means any of the following persons:
A restricted person, or a person acting on behalf of a restricted person, must not apply to the BDM Registrar to register a change of name without having first obtained the written approval of the Commissioner. Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence under section 31C of the BDM Act.
Click on this link to download the Application For Approval To Apply To The Registrar Of Births, Deaths and Marriages For Registration of Change of Name Form.
As the supervising authority for forensic patients is the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT), forensic patients are not required to complete this application form. However, the MHRT must not approve the making of an application to the BDM Registrar for registration of a change of name of a restricted person who is a forensic patient and a person referred to in section 31B (1) (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) (see definition above) unless the MHRT has consulted with the Commissioner and the Commissioner has given concurrence.