Birth certificates in New South Wales can now be printed in a variety of skin tones.

The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is offering four new handprint colours in its themed birth certificates after parents called for changes, shares 9 news.

According to News Corp Australia, the “white” handprint was the most popular birth certificate of the commemorative selection and was used about one-third of sales.

“It was introduced about 10 years ago and is our highest selling commemorative design,” Department Registrar Amanda Ianna told The Daily Telegraph.

“The new designs are more inclusive and reflect our multicultural society.”

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  • I never had this option when my kids were born, doubt I would’ve gone for it either. A birth certificate is for your birth details, nothing else


  • I’ve never seen an Australian birth certificate before, so I didn’t know the hand of a child appeared. Maybe a good idea to give choices to parents.


  • I didn’t even realise you could get these but inclusion and choice is a great thing so well done on the change.


  • Why concentrating on the colour does it matter what colour it is


  • Personally I don’t see the need for this. When skintone doesn’t make a difference and everyone is included, why then does it need to be mentioned or indicated ?


  • I suppose more choice is good.


  • Weird! The birth certificates in my state are either plain or you can get the premium version which has a teddy bear theme.


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