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High Commission Services
The Australian High Commission in Wellington provides a range of consular services to Australian citizens and permanent residents in New Zealand (south of Lake Taupo), the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.
The Australian Consulate-General in Auckland provides consular services to Australian citizens and permanent residents in New Zealand, north of Lake Taupo. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at the Consulate-General in Auckland handles Australian citizenship matters, including the registration of births of children born overseas to Australian parents.
Consuls act to protect the welfare and interests of Australians overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) sets out the standard of service you can expect to receive in its Consular Services Charter. The Charter signifies DFAT's commitment to providing effective, prompt and courteous consular services, delivered in an equitable way, to all Australians requiring them.
We recommend that Australians who are travelling or planning to reside in New Zealand may wish to register online with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Registration information helps us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency. Your information is strictly protected by the Privacy Act 1988. To ensure this information is kept safe during transmission the Department uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Firewall technology. To register visit the Online Registration for Australians Overseas page at the DFAT website.
Consular functions are, however, governed by international agreements and there are limits to the extent we can intervene on your behalf with foreign governments or authorities. You are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which you are travelling.
For Travel Advices and Travel Bulletins issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade visit the Australian Government's Smartraveller website.
Information on other consular services
For these services, it is advisable to contact the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland or the Australian High Commission in Wellington prior to attending either office, to ensure that an appropriate officer is available to witness or certify your document.
(Please note the disclaimer below.)
Obtaining certified copies of documents
Authentications and Apostilles
Pilot's licences under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement
Renewing Australian Driver Licences
Obtaining a birth, death or marriage certificate from Australia
Consular Fees and Charges
What we can and cannot do
Assisting Australians overseas within limits
For further information about applying for a passport click here, you may be eligible to apply for a simpler PC 7 or PC 8 form.
Click here for information on passport fees and where to lodge your form.
Living in Country
Australian Aid Programs
Travel information for Australians
Get the latest travel advisories and other helpful hints from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Online registration for Australians overseas
We encourage all Australian citizens and permanent residents to register with Smartraveller when travelling or residing overseas.
Former Australian residents
A gateway to information about Australian benefits, payments and services.
Returning to Australia
Handy information for Australians or residents returning from a holiday or moving back to Australia.
Please ensure that the document/s relating to the notarial act/s you require are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing the document/s. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating the witnessing of a particular document you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in Post/Country can guarantee the legal effectiveness of documents witnessed by them.