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Civil Registration is the procedure of the Philippine Government to record vital events that affect a citizen’s status (for example: birth, marriage, annulment of marriage, change of name, death). Identity papers (for example: passport, birth certificate, certificate of singleness, marriage certificate) are based on the official records, so any changes in the status of a Filipino national must be reported to the Philippine Government. The Philippine Government agencies that are authorized to record changes in the status of the Filipinos are the National Statistics Office (NSO), Philippine Embassies, and Philippine Consulates General.

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney performs civil registry services for Filipinos who are born or get married in New South Wales.  The birth, marriage, or death of a Filipino national in New South Wales should be registered with the Consulate, which then forwards the report to the NSO for the appropriate updating of the person’s official records.