Australian High Commission

Child born in Malaysia to Australian Parents

Child born in Malaysia to Australian Parents

Any child who is born in Malaysia will be issued with a Malaysian birth certificate.

Step 1. Applying for a Malaysian Birth Certificate

Following the birth of the child, the parents will need to register the birth of the child with the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (Malaysian Registration Department), within 14 days from the birth date of the child. Parents will be given a form by hospital that will allow them to apply for the child’s birth certificate. This form provides the confirmation/verification of the child’s birth in Malaysia.

Parents or parent are required to complete the form and submit the following original documents in person to the Registration department:

  • Completed form obtained from the hospital
  • Both parents passports
  • Marriage or divorce certificate
  • Death certificate (if applicable) 

* The registration department may asked for additional documents in addition to those mentioned above.

Birth registration can be performed at any offices of Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (Malaysian Registration Department) across Malaysia. Branches of Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (Malaysian Registration Department) can be found on their website:-

Headquarters of Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (Malaysian Registration Department):-

Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara

Kementerian Dalam Negeri

No 20, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan

62551 Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.

Telefon: 03-8000 8000



Step 2. Translation of Malaysian Birth certificate

Malaysian birth certificate are not fully in English and you are required to obtain an official translation of the birth certificate for Australian passport applications.  Official translations can be obtained from:

Persatuan Penterjemah Malaysia

(Malaysian Translation Association)

171-A 1st Floor

Jalan Maharajalela

50150 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : +603 9226 2506

Fax: +603 2142 4381


Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia

(Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books)

Wisma ITBM

No 2, Jalan 2/27E

Seksyen 10, Wangsa Maju

53300 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 4145 1800

Fax: +603 4149 1535


Please note that you may use other organisations to obtain translations, as long as it is evident that they are official translators and qualified in their field of work.


Step 3. Registering your Child as an Australian Citizen

To register your child as an Australian Citizen, you are required to lodge an application for Australian citizenship by descent with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

More information is available from the Australian citizenship section of the website.


Step 4. Applying for an Australian passport

To obtain an Australian passport you are required to complete a Form PC8 (Australian Overseas Passport Application). Further information on applying for a PC8 (Australian Overseas Passport Application) can be found here.  Australian Passport application cannot be submitted at the same time as the application for Citizenship. An Australian passport cannot be issued to your child until the child is registered as an Australian Citizen. Only when Citizenship has been granted, can the passport application be lodged.

Following the receipt of all required documentation, please allow up to six weeks to get a new passport. Questions concerning the PC8 and Australian Passports should be directed to the Consular & Passport Section of the Australian High Commission on 03 2146 5575.


NB: While every care has been taken in preparing this Advice, neither the Australian Government nor its agents or employees including any member of Australian consular staff abroad, can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in respect of any statement contained herein