Free birth certificates for First Nations

Pathfinders and UNICEF Australia are partnering to provide free birth certificates to First Nations people in North West New South Wales.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cobar are invited to attend face to face sign up days where they can apply for and receive their birth certificates.

The Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program (PNABC) is open to parents who would like to get birth certificates for their children, as well adults who don’t have a birth certificate.

Pathfinders CEO, Alan Brennan, said there are an estimated 200,000 Aboriginal people around Australia who do not have their birth certificates and are unable to fully participate in the community.

“A birth certificate is essential for enrolling in school, getting a driver’s licence, voting, opening a bank account, getting a tax file number, a passport and applying for government benefits,” Mr Brennan said…Full story in this week’s edition out now!!