I heard on a radio program recently that many folk do not have a birth certificate because their births have never been registered, and by "many", I mean thousands throughout Australia. Various circumstances have come between them and being legal Australian citizens. As this is so widespread, a charity group is helping them to obtain this piece of paper which allows them to get a licence, passport etc. Do you have one? Where is it?
It is spread across generations. The charity group assisting with registering births, even those which occurred decades ago, say they get a warm glow when a whole class of children proudly holds up their certificates. Factors include isolation, poor literacy, and English as a second language. It is particularly common in the indgenous population.