Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Consulate-General - Houston

Welcome to the website of the Australian Consulate-General in Houston.

Below you will find helpful and accurate information and relevant links to Australian issues for Australians living and working overseas, as well as servicing US business and investment.

Contact information

3009 Post Oak Blvd
Suite 1310
Houston  TX 77056

Phone: +1 (832) 962 8420
Fax: +1 (832) 831-2022

Opening hours

The Consulate-General is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday through Friday except public holidays (see below).

Passport interviews and notarial services are by appointment only – see below.

Parking is available for a small fee.  We are unable to validate parking.

2016 Federal election

A federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016.

The Consulate-General will be open for voting weekdays from 9am to 4pm between Monday 20 June and Friday 1 July 2016.   Voting services will not be available outside of these hours.

The Consulate-General will NOT be open for voting on Saturday 2 July 2016. 

ID is not required to vote, however government-issued photo ID is required to access the Consulate-General. There are no exceptions to this rule.  

Note: Voting by Australians who are overseas at the time of the federal election is NOT compulsory.  If you will be unable to vote, you should submit an Overseas Notification form. For further information, visit the AEC’s How to Vote while Overseas page.

Enrolment Information

It is now too late to enrol or update your details for this federal election. However, you can still enrol to vote in future federal, state and local elections.

For information regarding your enrolment or eligibility to vote, visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website: http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/, or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6160 2600).

Online Postal Vote Applications

Lodging a postal vote does not require you to attend the Consulate-General. This means you can avoid any queues and delays.  If you are enrolled to vote and will be living or travelling overseas at the time of the election, you can apply for a postal vote online until 29 June 2016. Your postal vote will be processed in Australia and mailed directly to your overseas address.

Additional Information

Further information related to being overseas at election time is available on the AEC website: www.aec.gov.au, or by contacting the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6160 2600).

 

 

 

 

 

Passports

See our Passports page for more information or step by step instructions on how to lodge a passport application in the United States.

All passport applications must be lodged in person. For child applications, the application must be lodged in person by one parent. It does not matter whether the lodging parent is Australian. There are no exceptions. Children aged 16 and 17 years old must also attend the interview with one parent.

To make an appointment for Houston, it must be made online by using our appointment booking page.

Notarial services

See our notorial services page for more information and to find out whether you need to come in person.

To make an appointment for Houston, it must be made online by using our appointment booking page.

Australians Seeking Consular Assistance

The Consulate offers assistance to Australians who are in distress and/or require urgent consular assistance in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.  If you are an Australian citizen in need of emergency assistance, please call +1 (832) 962 8420 during normal business hours.

If you require assistance when the Consulate-General is closed such as after hours, on weekends or public holidays, call the 24 Hour Consular Emergency Centre at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra toll-free at 1 (888) 239-3501 from any phone in the United States.

Australians in the United States

We encourage Australians currently visiting or residing (or planning to visit or reside) in the USA to register at Smartraveller.

Visas and Immigration

Please note that Houston consulate does not issue visas for travel to Australia or accept applications for Australian citizenship. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a dedicated contact centre in North American to assist with enquiries regarding Australian Immigration, visas and citizenship. Please call the Americas Service Centre directly on +1 613 238 1040 which is located in Canada or visit their website. Please note that standard call charges to Canada will apply.

Consulate closings

The Consulate-General in Houston will observe the following public holidays in 2016:

 
  Day
 
 
  Date
 
 
  Holiday
 
  Friday   1 January 2016   New Year's Day
  Monday   15 February 2016   President's Day
  Friday   25 March 2016   Good Friday
  Monday   28 March 2016   Easter Monday
  Monday   30 May 2016   Memorial Day
  Monday   13 June 2016   Queen's Birthday
  Monday   4 July 2016   Independence Day
  Monday   5 September 2016   Labour Day
  Monday   10 October 2016   Columbus Day
  Thursday   24 November 2016   Thanksgiving
  Friday   25 November 2016   Thanksgiving
  Monday   26 December 2016   Boxing Day
  Tuesday   27 December 2016   Christmas Day (in lieu)
  Wednesday   28 December 2016   Additional DFAT Holiday

 

Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

The Australian Trade Commission is the agency of the Federal Government dedicated to helping Australian exporters take their goods and services into overseas markets. Austrade also works to attract overseas investment for Australian enterprises and to help Australian companies make export related investments overseas. For more information please visit the Australian Trade Commission).