Pathfinders and UNICEF Australia unite to provide free birth certificates for First Nations people

IMG_4673“We hope to see a large number of people attend the event and we are grateful for the support of UNICEF Australia who has come on board to provide financial assistance to support the signup days,” said Alan Brennan, CEO of Pathfinders.

“Birth certificates underpin every target of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap initiative, including education, health and fitness, employment, economic participation and reducing the number of people in corrective services.

“Aboriginal people experience unique barriers to gaining access and receiving their birth certificates. Costs, literacy, limited access to technology and records, remoteness and a history of broken relationships with government, make applying for a birth certificate complex.”


Tony Stuart, CEO of UNICEF Australia said too many Australian children have not had their births registered and do not have their birth certificate.

“Without a birth certificate young people struggle to access the essential services needed to live their lives including opening a bank account, applying for a tax file number, Medicare card or drivers’ licence, which can have life-long impacts.

“The partnership with Pathfinders, a leader in this field, will raise awareness about this issue and the need for increased action in this area.”

The signup days will be held at the following venues:

DATE: Tuesday 18 Oct 2022
TIME: 9:30am – 3:00pm
LOCATION: Gugan Gulwan- Youth Aboriginal Corporation 2 Lansell Street, Wanniassa ACT

DATE: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2022
TIME 9:30am – 3:00pm
LOCATION: CIT Yurauna Centre (TAFE) 37 Constitution Ave, REID ACT

DATE: Thursday, 20 Oct 2022
TIME 9:30am – 3:00pm
LOCATION: Winnunga Nimmityjah (Strong Health) Aboriginal Health and Community Services 63 Boolimba CrescentNARRABUNDAH, ACT

Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program Canberra Roadshow Flyer PDF

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