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Settlement Guide: 5 steps to change your name

Source: AAP (Tracey Nearmy)

Many people change their names when getting married or divorced. And some resort to it to avoid discrimination against their ethnic background. There are a few things you need to do when applying for name change.

1. Complete, download and print the form

Change of name form
Courtesy of Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages

2. Attach the correct certified supporting documents if required


3. Get an adult to witness your signature on the declaration section of the form

Witnessing signature
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4. Pay the application fee

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5. Submit your form and documents by post or at the counter

Australia post

The registration of changes of name is the responsibility of the state and territory governments in Australia. To find out how to change your name in your state or territory visit the Australian government’s website.

Source Australia government