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BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES REGISTRATION ACT 2003 - SECT 17

Application to register change of child’s name

17 Application to register change of child’s name

(1) This section applies if—
(a) a child’s birth or adoption was registered in Queensland; or
(b) a child was born outside Australia, but the child ordinarily resides in Queensland.
(2) The child’s parents may apply, in the approved form, to register a change of the child’s name in the change of name register.
(3) However, 1 of the parents may apply to register a change of the child’s name if—
(a) the parent is the only parent of the child entered in the relevant child register or shown on the child’s birth certificate; or
(b) the other parent is dead; or
(c) a Magistrates Court approves the change of name.
Note—
Under section 56 , a regulation may prescribe information that a court may consider when deciding or changing a child’s name.
(4) The child’s guardians may apply, in the approved form, to register a change of the child’s name in the change of name register.
(5) However, 1 of the guardians may apply to register a change of the child’s name if—
(a) the other guardian is dead; or
(b) a Magistrates Court approves the change of name.
(6) A Magistrates Court may, on application by a child’s parent or guardian, approve a proposed change of name for the child if satisfied that—
(a) the name is not a prohibited name; and
(b) the change is in the child’s best interests.
(7) When deciding whether the child ordinarily resides in Queensland, the registrar may consider—
(a) how long the child has resided in Queensland and, if a regulation prescribes a minimum period of residence, whether the child has resided in Queensland for the minimum period; and
(b) whether or not the child is employed in Queensland; and
(c) any other consideration prescribed under a regulation.
(8) In this section—

"child" does not include a person under 18 years who is, or has been, married.



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