Identification documents required
Before you make an application you must ensure you have all of the required documents. If all the documents are not sent with the application form, the application may be returned to you.
Child’s full length birth certificate:
• The birth certificate must state the names of both parents.
• The Australian parent must be stated on the birth certificate.
• ‘Certificate extracts’, ‘baptismal certificates’, ‘family register’, ‘municipal certificates’ or any other types of birth certificate are not acceptable.
The name on the birth certificate will be printed on the citizenship certificate, unless a subsequent change of name document is provided.
The Australian parent’s:
• Australian birth certificate issued before 20 August 1986, or
• Australian passport issued after 1 July 2005, or
• Australian citizenship certificate or naturalisation certificate. The Australian parent’s identification must match their name on the child’s birth certificate.
• If the parent has changed their name since the child was born they must provide evidence of the name change, for example a marriage certificate or change of name by deed poll. Please note that for Australian marriage certificates, we only accept certificates issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
• If the parent has the same name but it is written slightly differently they must provide a signed statement explaining why the names do not match.
• Naturalisation certificate
• Full birth certificate that states the names of both parents
Note: Australian parents who hold Bosnian citizenship should provide either an “rješenje” document from the Ministry of Justice and the Municipal Court or an “uvjerenje” document from the Ministry of Interior and Municipal Court. Australian parents who hold Croatian citizenship should provide either an "rješenje" from the Ministry of the Interior or an "uvjerenje" document from the Registrar\'s office. These documents must state the date and exact article of the Citizenship Law under which citizenship has been acquired.
• A passport
• Driver's Licence
• ID Card
• Utility bill (gas, electricity, water)
• Residential lease or rental agreement
• Council or municipal rates notice
• Bank statement
All documents that are not written in English must be translated into English by an accredited translator (this includes all identity documents and proof of address). Multilingual documents that include English do not need to be translated.
You must provide:
(a) the translation of the original document and a photocopy of this document; and
(b) either the original document or a certified copy of the original document.