Changes to evidence of citizenship for Australian passports

Changes to evidence of citizenship for Australian passports

The Australian Passport Office has changed procedures for confirming Australian citizenship of people born overseas and applying for an Australian passport with an Australian birth certificate. These changes may affect adoptees, even those who have previously held an Australian passport.

New passports

People born overseas, are required to present evidence of citizenship to apply for a new Australian passport, even if they have been issued with an Australian birth certificate. An Australian birth certificate alone is not sufficient evidence of Australian citizenship. Information about how to confirm your Australian citizenship for a new passport application is explained on the Australian Passport Office’s website.

If your passport expired more than three years ago, or has been lost or stolen, or you have changed your name, you will need to apply for a new passport rather than a renewal. This means that if you were born overseas you will now need to present evidence of Australian citizenship.

Children’s passports are not eligible for a renewal. A child is defined in the Australian Passports Act 2005 as a person under 18 years of age who has never married. Each time a child needs a new passport, a full application must be completed and all evidence of Australian citizenship requirements must be met. See how to apply for a passport for an adopted child for further information.

More information on passports is explained on the Australian Passport Office’s website.

Renewals

Adults eligible to renew their 10 year Australian passport or a five-year Australian passport that was issued when they were 16 years of age or older, are not required to present additional documentation as part of the streamlined renewal process. See further information on adult passport renewals.

Children’s passports are not eligible for a renewal, therefore a new application must be completed as explained above.

Citizenship

There are many ways children adopted from overseas can acquire citizenship. Information explaining these different pathways is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.

If you do not have an Australian citizenship certificate, it is recommended that you apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for evidence of your Australian citizenship. This evidence will be required for passport applications and for other situations where proof of citizenship is required.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website explains what documents you need so that you can apply for proof of Australian citizenship. When your application is approved, an Australian citizenship certificate will be sent to you.

If you do not have Australian citizenship, see application options to become an Australian citizen for further information.

Need more help?

Please call Intercountry Adoption Australia on 1800 197 760 for assistance.