We all know that Australian BDM certificates are ridiculously expensive, but why is this so? Why do we have to pay $30-$40 per certificate, when we can order others from the UK for about $15.00? It doesn’t seem right.

For true researchers if you have a family that you’re researching (big or small), you want to obtain the certificates for each of them, as opposed to just relying on indexes, and in doing so you’re easily up for a few hundred dollars.

Australia’s Inside History Magazine has started a petiton in a bid to get not only the price of Australian BDM certificates dropped, but also with the hope of making them easier to order.

Below is their announcement:

Recently we signed a petition to reduce the costs of research copies of Birth, Death and Marriage [BDM] certificates from the United Kingdom [UK] and make them easier to access, and it got us thinking. Why are BDM certificates so expensive in Australia and why does the process for requesting and receiving them vary so much state by state?

Do you think that it should be easier and cheaper to obtain BDM certificates in Australia for research purposes? And should there be a consistent process and pricing across all states for those same certificates? If you think that it should, then please sign this petition. You just never know what people power can achieve, so have your say on this issue.

So what are you waiting for, sign the petition now, and HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!