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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 No 62
Current version for 4 May 2016 to date (accessed 31 March 2017 at 03:33)
Part 10
Part 10 Miscellaneous
57   False representation
A person who makes a representation in an application, notice or document under this Act or in response to a notice under section 44 of this Act (Registrar’s powers of inquiry), knowing the representation to be false or misleading in a material particular, is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment, or both.
58   Unauthorised access to or interference with Register
A person must not, without the authority of the Registrar or other lawful authority:
(a)  obtain access to the Register or information contained in the Register, or
(b)  make, alter or delete an entry in the Register, or
(c)  interfere with the Register in any other way.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment, or both.
59   Falsification of certificates and other documents
(1)  A person must not forge the Registrar’s signature or seal.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment, or both.
(2)  A person must not forge or falsify a certificate or other document under this Act.
Maximum penalty: 100 penalty units or 2 years imprisonment, or both.
(3)  The Registrar may impound or require the return of:
(a)  a document which the Registrar has reason to believe bears a forged impression of the Registrar’s signature or seal, or
(b)  a certificate or other document purporting to be a certificate or other document under this Act which the Registrar has reason to believe has been forged or falsified, or
(c)  a certificate under this Act about a registrable event if the entry in the Register about the event has been cancelled or corrected since the issue of the certificate, or
(d)  a certificate or document issued by the Registrar in error or as a result of fraud.
(4)  A person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement under subsection (3) to return a document or certificate is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units.
60   Unauthorised disclosure of information
A person must not disclose any information obtained in connection with the administration or execution of this Act, except:
(a)  in connection with the administration or execution of this Act, or
(b)  as authorised or required by law.
Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units or 1 year imprisonment, or both.
61   Immunity from liability
Any matter or thing done or omitted by the Registrar does not subject the Registrar personally to any action, liability, claim or demand, if the matter or thing was done or omitted in good faith for the purposes of executing this or any other Act.
62   Regulations
(1)  The Governor may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, for or with respect to any matter that by this Act is required or permitted to be prescribed or that is necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.
(2)  A regulation may create an offence punishable by a penalty not exceeding 100 penalty units.
63   Proceedings for offences
Proceedings for an offence against this Act or the regulations are to be dealt with summarily by the Local Court.
64   Repeal of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1973 No 87
The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1973 is repealed.
65, 66   (Repealed)
67   Savings, transitional and other provisions
Schedule 3 has effect.
68   Review of Act
(1)  The Minister is to review this Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
(2)  The review is to be undertaken as soon as possible after the period of 5 years from the date of assent to this Act.
(3)  A report of the outcome of the review is to be tabled in each House of Parliament within 12 months after the end of the period of 5 years.