Department of the Attorney General

Department of the Attorney General
Law Compass

Becoming a parent

Becoming a parent is a life-changing event. Choosing a baby name is one of the greatest pleasures for new or expectant parents. You are legally required to register a birth (within 60 days of the birth).

Register a birth

You are legally required to register the birth of your child within 60 days of the birth. You can get advice on birth registration and naming information from the Registry.

Birth certificates

You will need an official birth certificate to open a bank account or get a passport for your child. Personalised and commemorative birth certificates are also available.

Financial help

Find out about government support for parents and guardians.

Parenting tips

Access valuable parenting advice on everything from toilet training to communicating with teenagers.

Baby names

Find out the top 50 baby names from the previous year's birth registrations.

Making a will

Making a will ensures your child is taken care of according to your wishes if you pass away. The Public Trustee offers a competitively priced Will-drafting service. If you have already have a Will, you can store it at no cost in the WA Will Bank.


Learn how to add your new baby to your Medicare card.

Having a baby

Providing you and your family and friends with reliable information on care before, during and after pregnancy, your new baby, the choices available to you and who to contact for support.