What if I was born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and one of my parents was a permanent resident of Australia at the time?

If you were born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and one (or both) of your parents was a permanent resident of Australia at the time, when you apply for an Australian passport you will need to provide both of the following documents to the Australian Passport Office (APO) to prove your Australian citizenship:

  • your full birth certificate issued by an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM)
  • an Australian citizenship certificate.

You can apply for an Australian citizenship certificate by lodging Form 119 Application for evidence of Australian citizenship (445KB PDF) with certified copies of the required documents and the application fee.

The following documents are not acceptable as proof of your parent’s permanent residency for Australian passport applications:

  • parent's foreign passport with visa label
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) printout
  • visa grant notification letter
  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS)
  • Certificate of Status for New Zealand Citizens in Australia (CSNZCA)
  • ImmiCard
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

These documents only provide proof of a person’s visa status on the day they are printed and are not sufficient proof of a parent’s resident status at the time you were born.  You should take into account our processing times and also passport processing times before booking any travel.

Read information about the documents you need if one of your parents was an Australian citizen when you were born.