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Government of Canada services and information in Sydney, Australia

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Services and information provided to Canadians by the Consulate General of Canada to Australia, in Sydney.

COVID-19: Travel guidance

All travellers, regardless of citizenship, must meet specific requirements when coming to Canada. For information on COVID-19 and travel, visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders.

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Adoption and surrogacy

Refer to International adoption and Adopt a child from abroad.

Australia practices open adoption for both domestic and international adoptions.

Adopting a child within Australia

Australia’s state and territory governments are responsible for administering domestic adoption and permanent care processes.

Adopting a child from outside of Australia

Intercountry Adoption Australia is a resource that can help guide parents wanting to adopt a child from overseas.

Surrogacy in Australia

There are no uniform laws that cover surrogacy across Australia as surrogacy is regulated by each state. See Surrogacy Australia for more information.

Birth abroad

Refer to Birth abroad.

Birth registration in Australia is administered at the state level. In general, a birth must be registered within 60 days of a child being born. Please refer to the following state government links for detailed information on birth registration in Australia:

Citizenship services

Complete your citizenship application before booking an appointment by email for urgent requirements at sydny-cs@international.gc.ca to present your documents in person. Non-urgent applications for proof of citizenship certificates will be accepted by mail only.

Payment method

Pay your application fees online.

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (AUD)
Application for a Citizenship Certificate for adults and minors (Proof of Citizenship) 75.00 83.00

Marriage abroad

Refer to Marriage abroad.

Marriages that are legally performed in Australia are usually valid in Canada, and you do not need to register them in Canada.

Marriage in Australia

Refer to the following state government links for information on getting married in Australia:

Notarial services

The office provides the following notarial services, by appointment only, to Canadian citizens and, in limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens if the documents are intended for use in Canada. Note: Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

Authentication/Attestation (certify the document signature, the position of an official and the seal are genuine):

Certified copy (certify the document is a true copy of the original):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a certified true copy (fees apply).

Witness a signature (consular officer witnesses a signature):

  • Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
  • Government-issued identification requiring a witnessed signature (fees apply).

Note: Complete all documents before booking an appointment. Sign all documents in front of the consular officer.

Payment method

Credit card accepted. Use the credit card authorization form.

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (AUD)
Administering an oath or receiving a statutory declaration or affirmation. The fee shown is per document. 50.00 55.00
Attesting any document bearing a signature (affidavit, declaration, affirmation, etc.). The fee shown is per document. 50.00 55.00
Certifying a true copy of a document. The fee shown is per copy. 20.00 22.00
Transfer of private or public funds from Canada or elsewhere to the mission. The fee shown is per transfer. 75.00 83.00
Providing a Passport Canada CTC. The fee shown is per set of three copies. 45.00 50.00

Passport services

You can pay online for all your passport services before completing your passport application.

Canadians residing in or travelling in New South Wales, Queensland or the Northern Territory seeking urgent passport services should book an appointment by email at sydny-cs@international.gc.ca to drop off their application to the Consulate General of Canada to Australia, in Sydney, in person. Applications may be dropped off without an appointment, but the application will not be reviewed at that time. Any non-urgent applications for passports will be accepted by mail only. New passports will be distributed by registered mail, unless in-person collection is required due to urgent travel.

We are receiving a high volume of passport applications. Our current processing time is approximately 6-8 weeks for non-urgent travel requirements. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

If your passport has been lost or stolen, you need to report it immediately to the passport issuing office, and police station, nearest you. Obtain a detailed police report. See Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports.

Payment method

Passport fees can be paid online by credit card.

Include your proof of payment (receipt) with your application and keep a copy for your records.

Or

We accept Visa and Master Card credit card payments. You must complete and sign the Credit Card Authorization.

Details Fee (CAD) Fee (AUD)
10-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 260.00 286.00
5-year adult passport (age 16 or over) 190.00 209.00
5-year Child passport (0-15 years of age) 100.00 110.00
Additional fee for replacing a valid lost or stolen passport 45.00 50.00
Temporary Passport (linked to regular passport application) 110.00 121.00
Emergency Passport – Adult (16 years old and over) 75.00 83.00
Emergency Passport – Child (Up to 15 years old) 30.00 33.00
Retention of valid passport 45.00 50.00
Pay online

Pensions and retirement

Refer to Retiring abroad.

The Age Pension is a government payment scheme which provides a steady income to eligible Australians to help them cover living costs when they're retired.

Same-sex marriage abroad

Refer to Marriage abroad.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 2017.

See general information on getting married in Australia.

Marriage in Australia is administered at the state level. Refer to the following state government links for detailed information on marriage in Australia:

Studying abroad

Refer to Studying abroad and EduCanada.

The Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ)

The Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand (ACSANZ) is an interdisciplinary organisation that encourages interest in Canadian Studies and aims to promote greater understanding of Canada. The Association's members are academics researching and teaching about Canada in Australia and New Zealand.

ACSANZ is funded by the Government of Canada, through the International Council of Canadian Studies (ICCS). ACSANZ was formally established in 1982 and was one of the founding members of the ICCS.

ACSANZ and the Canadian High Commission in Canberra manage a range of programs and awards, which promote Canadian Studies in tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand. Support is given to teaching and research in a number of areas, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, and to work of a comparative nature.

ACSANZ activities include:

  • The ACSANZ biennial conference in Canadian Studies, held in even numbered years
  • Periodic regional mini-conferences, which focus on special topics
  • A refereed scholarly journal, Australasian Canadian Studies, published twice annually
  • A newsletter with information about forthcoming conferences, funding schemes, and other news, sent to all members
  • Several postgraduate research travel grants offered annually, to stimulate and support interest in Canadian Studies among potential academics

Visa and immigration services

Voting abroad

Refer to Elections (voting from abroad).

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