TikTok video reveals NRL themed Australian birth certificates

Odus couldn’t believe what they were seeing as they scrolled through the government website while trying to order a new birth certificate.

An Australian has made a wild discovery while going through the online process of applying for a new birth certificate.

The applicant, who goes by their first name Odus, was shocked at what they saw after arriving on the government’s certificate selection page.

Among the options for a new commemorative birth certificate, was a themed certificate for the entire line-up of Australian and New Zealand NRL teams, as well as a State of Origin option in both NSW and Queensland team colours.

The unusual option meant that devout fans could both display proof of their birth, and decorate their home all with one festive piece of paper.

A themed certificate was available for the Broncos, Bulldogs, Cowboys, Dragons, Eels, Knights, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Roosters, Sea Eagles, Sharks, Storm, Tigers, Titans, and Warriors.

The NRL themed certificates had stiff competition however, with two Pepper Pig certificates on offer, along with two in the theme of Giggle and Hoot.

There was also a certificate each in the theme of iconic Aussie publications Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Gumnut Babies.

Blinky Bill was the inspiration for another themed certificate, alongside more than a dozen others including ones with blue or pink baby hands, and floral-themed artwork.

Odus’ peculiar discovery sparked a massive response on TikTok after they shared a video last month.

More than 500 people of the 140,000 people to view their video responded their shared shock at the bizarre offering.

“What is going on in the births, deaths and marriages,” Odus wrote across the screen, later adding, “this is the most Australian thing I’ve ever seen”.

Others agreed with their sentiment, with one writing, “this seems like a strange fever dream but also makes complete sense for Australia”.

While many expressed jealousy they never had the option to select a themed birth certificate for themselves, many pointed out the certificates were entirely different to the official birth document.

The commemorative certificates exist as an optional add-on to a regular birth document, which has in-built security features.

Therefore people who register a birth online will not be able to order a stand-alone commemorative certificate, given they aren’t legal forms of identification on their own.

News.com.au contacted Births, Deaths and Marriages for comment.


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