Glossary

The Act

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic).

CCOPMM

Consultative Council for Obstetric Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity.

Charter

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

Child migrants


Those children sent to Australia from the United Kingdom during the 20th century under an agreement between the two governments for the migration of children to Australia. They are often referred to as Lost Innocents.

Eligible beneficiary

As defined in section 3 of the State Concessions Act 2004 (Vic). It identifies individuals entitled to claim concessions. It includes those who have a health care card, pensioner concession card or a Gold Card.

Fee waiver

The Registrar may, at his or her discretion, decide to waive the fee for a birth certificate for applicants in appropriate cases.

Forgotten Australians

A non-legal term used since 2004 to refer to children who were in state care prior to 1968, previously referred to as wards of state.

Health care card and pensioner concession card

Entitles the card-holder to concessions offered by the Australian Government, including reduced-cost medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Australian Government-funded medical services as well as access to some state, territory and local government concessions. Eligibility is linked to certain income support payments and a person must meet age, work and residency requirements.

Indigenous

The Commission uses the terms Aboriginal, Indigenous, Koori and Koories throughout this report to describe the traditional inhabitants of Victoria.1

 

Parent pack

 

Provided to a birth mother prior to discharge from hospital. It contains materials from the Commonwealth Government and is supplemented with materials from various sources, including the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

 Register

The Victorian Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages contains the record of births occurring in Victoria.

 Registrar

 The Victorian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is the role responsible for the registration of all births in Victoria and issue of birth certificates.

 Registry

 The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is the operating agency.

 Regulations

 Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Regulations 2008 (Vic).

Stolen Generations

Any adult Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person separated at a young age from community, family, language, land or culture. Stolen Generations could encompass any number of events related to the removal or children from their family and culture, such as forcible removal, relinquishment at birth (under duress or otherwise), removal by deception, being fostered or adopted.

 Ward of state

Any adult Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person separated at a young age from community, family, language, land or culture. Stolen Generations could encompass any number of events related to the removal or children from their family and culture, such as forcible removal, relinquishment at birth (under duress or otherwise), removal by deception, being fostered or adopted.

 

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