Individuals and Travellers

Designated list of occupations and professions

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People currently working in a profession or occupation listed below can certify copies of original documents, complete Identity declarations and endorse photographs.

To complete Identity declarations, including Form 1195, and endorse photographs, they must:

  • be an Australian citizen*, and 
  • have known you for at least one year, and 
  • not be related to you by birth, marriage or defacto relationship, and 
  • be easy to contact by telephone during normal working hours, should we need to contact them, and
  • be currently working in a profession or occupation listed below.
  1. Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  2. Bailiff
  3. Bank officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  4. Building society officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  5. Chiropractor (licensed or registered)
  6. Clerk of court
  7. Commissioner for Affidavits
  8. Commissioner for Declarations
  9. Credit union officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  10. Dentist (licensed or registered)
  11. Fellow of the National Tax Accountant's Association
  12. Finance company officer with 5 or more years of continuous service
  13. Judge of a court
  14. Justice of the peace
  15. Legal practitioner (licensed or registered)
  16. Magistrate
  17. Marriage celebrant licensed or registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
  18. Master of a court
  19. Medical practitioner (licensed or registered)
  20. Member of Chartered Secretaries Australia
  21. Member of Engineers Australia, other than at the grade of student
  22. Member of the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants
  23. Member of the Australian Defence Force with 5 or more years of continuous service
  24. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants or the Institute of Public Accountants
  25. Member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, a State, a Territory Legislature, or a local government authority of a State or Territory
  26. Minister of religion licensed or registered under Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961
  27. Nurse (licensed or registered)
  28. Optometrist (licensed or registered)
  29. Permanent employee of Commonwealth, State or local government authority with at least 5 or more years of continuous service.
  30. Permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation with 5 or more years of continuous service
  31. Pharmacist (licensed or registered)
  32. Physiotherapist (licensed or registered)
  33. Police officer
  34. Psychologist (licensed or registered)
  35. Registrar, or Deputy Registrar, of a court
  36. Sheriff
  37. Teacher employed on a full-time basis at a school or tertiary education institution
  38. Veterinary surgeon (licensed or registered)

A person can certify copies of your original documents if they are:

  • an Australian citizen*, and 
  • not related to you by birth, marriage or de facto relationship, and 
  • currently working in a profession or occupation listed above.

*If you are applying from outside Australia and do not know an Australian citizen, this can be a citizen of your country of residence.