Consular Guides for Foreign Residents in Australia
Information about UK, US, Irish, South African and New Zealand consulates in Australia, which provide services for citizens in need, including replacement of lost or stolen passports and help and advice in difficult situations...
Citizens of the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand living in Australia can access information from the consular sections of their relevant Embassies or High Commissions.
Click on the appropriate link below to access the home page of each of the relevant Embassies in Australia.
The US Citizens Service consular section provides passport services, registration of births, information on visas, federal benefits, notary services and voting information, as well as emergency assistance to American citizens in distress. Their website has information on living and travelling in Australia, legal and money matters and an emergencies and medical section.
- The American Citizen Services (ACS) pages provides comprehensive information about the services provided by the Embassy of the United States of America
- Embassy of the United States of America
At: American Embassy, Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6214 5600
Fax: 02 6214 5970
- The US Embassy in Canberra provides limited consular services.
- Appointments for consular services can be made online
US citizens resident in Australia are eligible to vote in American primary, run-off, special and general elections.
- More information for US voters overseas is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program
US citizens living or travelling abroad are encouraged to register with their nearest Embassy or Consulate in order to receive up-to-date travel and security information and to make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of an emergency.
- Registration can be done online via the Smart Traveller enrollment program
The British High Commission Canberra has up-to-date news on matters relating to Australian-British relations, as well as much information on trade and investment between Australia and the UK.
- British High Commission Canberra
At: Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6270 6666 (general enquiries)
British consulates and honorary consulates are located in Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns.
The British High Commission in Canberra provides many consular services to British citizens in Australia. These include:
- Registering births and deaths and issuing certified copies of certificates
- Certifying documents
- Providing information about transferring funds
- Providing help for those who are victims of crime or in hospital
- Providing contact details of lawyers
The British High Commission Canberra website has a section on living in Australia, with information on civil partnerships, getting married, retiring in Australia and travel advice.
There are many factors involved in renewal of a UK passport in Australia, including age, parentage and gender. Procedures will vary, but full details can be found on the GOV.UK passport application tool.
The Embassy of Ireland in Australia provides help and advice in emergency situations to Irish citizens resident or travelling in Australia, and is also accredited to New Zealand and Fiji. The website provides travel advice and information on travel between Ireland and Australia.
- Embassy of Ireland
At: 20 Arkana Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6214 0000
Fax: 02 6273 3741
Services provided by the Irish Embassy include:
- Passport services
- Visa services
- Authentication of documents
- Emergency assistance
New Zealand Citizens
The New Zealand High Commission can provide help to resident and travelling New Zealanders in Australia in the event of an emergency. It can also issue emergency travel documents and provide some legal and notary services. Their website has information on buying property, tax issues, health entitlements, driving and banking in Australia.
- New Zealand High Commission
At: Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6270 4211
Fax: 02 6273 3194
- More information from the embassy on living in Australia
South African Citizens
The South African High Commission can provide consular services to South African citizens living in or travelling to Australia; these include registration of birth, issuing letters of no impediment and providing help in the event of an emergency. The High Commission is also accredited on a non-resident basis to Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru and Vanuatu, Niue, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tokelau and the Soloman Islands.
- South African High Commission
At: Corner State Circle and Rhodes Place, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6272 7300
Fax: 02 6273 3203