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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.
Ildiko Dauda

Australia government
21 Sep 2016 - 9:45 AM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2016 - 9:45 AM

1. Complete, download and print the form

2. Attach the correct certified supporting documents if required

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

4. Pay the application fee

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

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.

Settlement Guide: how to change your name
There are many reasons why a person may wish to change their name. It could be because they got married, divorced, they prefer another name or because they need to formalise certain documents. While the process to change is relatively simple, there are concerns some migrants change their name to avoid discrimination.