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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 No 62
Current version for 4 May 2016 to date (accessed 25 June 2017 at 03:36)
Part 2
Part 2 Administration
Division 1 The Registrar
5   Registrar
The Registrar is, in the exercise of functions under this Act, subject to the control and direction of the Minister.
6   Registrar’s general functions
The Registrar’s general functions are:
(a)  to establish and maintain the registers1 necessary for the purposes of this Act and the Relationships Register Act 2010, and
(a1)  to maintain the integrity of the Register and to seek to prevent identity fraud associated with the Register and the information extracted from the Register, and
(b)  to administer the registration system established by this Act and ensure that the system operates efficiently, effectively and economically, and
(c)  to ensure that this Act is administered in the way best calculated to achieve its objects.
Note.
 1The registers are collectively referred to as the “Register”. See section 43.
7   Registrar’s staff
Such staff as may be necessary for the proper administration of this Act are to be employed under Part 2 of the Public Sector Management Act 1988.
8   Delegation
(1)  The Registrar may delegate to an authorised person any of the Registrar’s functions under this Act and the Relationships Register Act 2010, other than this power of delegation.
(2)  A delegate may sub-delegate to an authorised person any function delegated by the Registrar if the delegate is authorised in writing to do so by the Registrar.
(3)  In this section:
authorised person means an officer or temporary employee of the Public Service or a person otherwise employed in the public sector.
Division 2 Execution of documents
9   The Registrar’s seal
The Registrar is to have a seal.
10   Execution of documents
(1)  The Registrar may issue a certificate or other document under the Registrar’s signature and seal, or under a facsimile of the Registrar’s signature and seal produced by stamp or machine imprint or by some other method authorised by the regulations.
(2)  If a document produced before a court or an administrative authority or official is apparently under:
(a)  the Registrar’s signature and seal, or
(b)  a facsimile of the Registrar’s signature and seal produced by stamp or machine imprint or by some other method authorised by the regulations,
the court, authority or official must presume, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the document was properly issued under the Registrar’s authority.
(3)  Judicial notice is to be taken of the Registrar’s seal.
Division 3 Reciprocal administrative arrangements
11   Reciprocal administrative arrangements
(1)  The Minister may enter into an arrangement with the Minister responsible for the administration of a corresponding law providing for:
(a)  the exercise by the Registrar of functions of the registering authority under the corresponding law, and
(b)  the exercise by the registering authority under the corresponding law of functions of the Registrar under this Act.
(2)  When an arrangement is in force under this section:
(a)  the Registrar may exercise, to the extent authorised by the arrangement (but subject to the conditions of the arrangement), the functions of the registering authority under the corresponding law, and
(b)  the registering authority under the corresponding law may exercise, to the extent authorised by the arrangement (but subject to the conditions of the arrangement), the functions of the Registrar under this Act and anything done by the registering authority under this paragraph is taken to have been done by the Registrar under this Act.
(3)  An arrangement under this section may:
(a)  establish a database in which information is recorded for the benefit of all the participants in the arrangement, and
(b)  provide for access to information contained in the database, and
(c)  provide for payments by or to participants in the arrangement for services provided under the arrangement.