Confirming your Australian Citizenship or Permanent Australian Residency

If you were born in Australia before 20 August 1986

your full birth certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) will suffice to confirm your citizenship, provided your parents were not in Australia as foreign diplomats or consular officers at the time of your birth.

Changes to Australian citizenship laws that came into effect on 20 August 1986 mean that persons born in Australia on or after that date need to provide their birth certificate and additional documentation to confirm their citizenship. The website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides detailed information on what evidence you need to provide to demonstrate that you are an Australian citizen.


If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986

and hold a current Australian passport, you can present that document to confirm your citizenship.

Otherwise, you can confirm your own citizenship by demonstrating that at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of your birth.


If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and one of your parents was an Australian citizen

you can provide:

  • your parent's full birth certificate issued by an Australian RBDM before 20 August 1986, or
  • your parent's passport issued on or after 20 August 1986 that was valid for at least two years and at the time of your birth, or
  • your parent's Australian citizenship certificate detailing their acquisition of citizenship before your birth.

If your parent was also born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, you will need to provide their full birth certificate issued by an Australian RBDM plus a grandparent's Australian birth certificate issued by an Australian RBDM or their Australian citizenship certificate.

Alternatively, you can provide independent evidence of your own Australian citizenship with a citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). You will need to apply for this using Form 119 Application for evidence of Australian citizenship.


If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and one of your parents was an Australian permanent resident

you can provide evidence of your own Australian citizenship with a citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). You will need to apply for this using Form 119 Application for evidence of Australian citizenship.

Alternatively, until 31 March 2016, we may accept your parent's foreign passport with an original visa label showing their status as a permanent resident at the time of your birth. You must have been born no more than five years after the visa was granted. If the visa was granted offshore, your parent must have arrived in Australia before you were born.

Further information can be found at the DIBP website.


If you were born outside Australia and acquired citizenship by application

you must provide one of the following documents to confirm your citizenship:

  • an Australian citizenship certificate, or
  • a Citizenship by Descent extract, or
  • an Adoption in Accordance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption or bilateral arrangement extract, or
  • an extract from the Register of Australian Births Abroad.

If you are unable to present one of the documents listed above, you will need to apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for new evidence of your Australian citizenship, see their website for details.


If you were born overseas and have become a permanent resident of Australia

you must provide the following documents with your police application:

  • your overseas birth certificate, and
  • Foreign Passport, and
  • Australian permanent residency visa documentation.

If you do not have your residency visa documentation available, you can apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for ‘Evidence of resident status in Australia’ by completing a Form 164 Application for Evidence of Resident Status.

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