Child documents

  • Certified copies of the passport or travel document the child used to enter Australia and any passports held since then.
  • If relevant, provide the same documents for anyone included as a dependent child in the child's application
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of the child (four photos if health examinations have not been completed):
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the child on the back of each photograph.
    • Certified copy of the child’s birth registration showing both parents’ names. If you cannot get this document, provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
      • passport
      • family book showing both parents’ names
      • identification document issued by the government
      • document issued by a court that verifies the child’s identity.
    • If the child’s name has changed or the name of anyone included in the child’s application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • If the child was adopted, certified copies of the adoption papers.
    • If the child is a stepchild of the parent who holds the temporary Partner visa, documents to show all of the following:
      • the child’s parent is the former partner of the sponsoring step-parent
      • the child’s biological or adoptive parentage
      • the step-parent (the parent who holds the temporary Partner visa) has legal parental responsibility for the child
      • the child is younger than 18 years of age.
  • If the child is aged 16 years or over, a police good conduct/character certificate for each country outside Australia where the child has lived for more than 12 months over the past 10 years (since turning 16 years of age).
  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Additional documents for a child 18 years of age or older

  • If the child is enrolled as a full-time student: evidence of their enrolment and active participation in a post-secondary course of study.
  • An explanation of a gap of more than six months in study between finishing the final year of secondary school and starting further studies
  • Evidence that the child is financially dependent on their sponsor for their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, and how long this support has been provided. Evidence could include:
    • bank statements
    • money transfers
    • rent receipts.
  • If the child is claiming to have a disability: evidence from a qualified medical practitioner that the child has total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions and this stops them from working.