The Department or funded OOHC agency is responsible for you during your time in care and will have the records about you. They may also have original documents such as your birth certificate or academic records. You should contact your caseworker to get access to these documents, as many young people have experienced difficulties in accessing these important documents once they have left care. It is important for you to prove who you are, as these documents are necessary when applying for a driver’s licence, Australian passport and government benefits (e.g. Youth Allowance).
Proof of Identity Checks
There are going to be times, such as applying for your driver’s licence, Centrelink payments or opening a bank account, where you’ll need to show identification (ID) to prove who you are. Items of ID may be allocated points – you’ll usually have to show 100 points of ID but check with the organisation first. To find out more about confirming your identity visit Department of Human Services.
Important Records to have:
- Birth certificate
- Health care card
- Medicare card
- Student card
- Vaccination and medical records
- Academic records and certificates
- Proof of aboriginality
- Personal photos or life story
- Case file