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Australian Capital Territory Deaths 1930-1983

This index contains death records from the Australian Capital Territory, Australia between 1930 and 1983.

Australian Capital Territory birth, deaths and marriage (BDM) certificates date back from 1930, when the Australian Capital Territory began to administer its own civil registration. These certificates are managed by the Office of Regulatory Services.

What information will I find on this index?
A record from findmypast's index to Australian Capital Territory Deaths 1930-1983 will tell you:
• The deceased’s first name and surname
• Their date of death
• Their parents’ surnames and details, where recorded
• The registration number

This information will come in handy when ordering a copy of the death certificate.

How do I order a death certificate from the Australian Capital Territory?
Once you have located the relevant record from findmypast’s index to Australian Capital Territory Deaths 1930-1983, you can order the death certificate itself from the Office of Regulatory Services.

This can be done online, by following the directions on the Office of Regulatory Services website here.

If you prefer, you can order a certificate by post, by completing and mailing the Application for Certificate here.

Crucially, in order to purchase a death certificate from the Australian Capital Territory, you must state your relationship to the deceased and provide evidence of a family link to them.

You must provide the deceased’s name and, if not the date of death itself, then a likely date range to search from.

Additionally, you must provide as much information as possible in the given fields in order to prevent delays in the processing of your application.

How do I order pre-1930 death certificates from the Australian Capital Territory?
Prior to 1 January 1930, birth, death and marriage records from the Australian Capital Territory were administered by New South Wales authorities and are therefore included in New South Wales BDM records.

Note that the New South Wales’ system has different application requirements and costs from the Australian Capital Territory’s system.

How do I order recent death certificates from the Australian Capital Territory?
It is important to note that different rules apply for deaths that are considered recent, due to privacy laws. This includes any death certificates from 30 years ago or less.

Ordering these more recent death certificates must be done through the Office of Regulatory Services. This involves a more stringent application process, requiring you to provide several forms of personal identification for proof of identity. You will also need to provide evidence of your relationship to the deceased unless you are named on the death certificate.

Learn more about how to order these more recent certificates from the Office of Regulatory Services website here.

What information will I find on an Australian Capital Territory death certificates?
As explained above, findmypast’s index to Australian Capital Territory Deaths 1930-1983 will give you the basics of the death in question: the deceased’s name, date of death, parents’ names (where recorded), and registration number.

The death certificate will usually contain much more information, such as the deceased’s:
• Age
• Occupation
• Place of death
• Cause of death
• Parents’ names
• Spouse names
• Marriage details
• Number of children
• Children’s names
• Residency
• Burial place