Consular Services to Australian citizens and permanent residents living in and travelling through or the United States are provided by the Embassy and by the Consulates-General in Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
The Privacy Act and Consular Services
The Privacy Act 1988 (the Act) imposes legal requirements on the ways in which Australian government departments and agencies may collect, store, use and disclose personal information about an individual with whom departments and agencies have dealings.
The requirements of the Act have important implications for consular work.
Consular officers may collect, use and disclose your personal information, including to overseas recipients where we reasonably believe it is necessary, to provide you with consular assistance. Important information about the privacy of your personal information is contained in our Consular Privacy Collection Statement, which you should read and understand. The Statement can be found at www.dfat.gov.au/dept/consular/privacy.html.
The Consular Services Charter - What help we may be able to provide and what we cannot do
The Australian Government will do what it can to help Australians in difficulty overseas, but there are legal and practical limits to what help we may be able to provide. Information on the services we may be able to provide and information on what we cannot do are outlined in the Consular Services Charter.
- Australian Visas, Immigration and Citizenship - links to application processes and requirements
- Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages Registrars - links to Australia state authorties
- Australian Passports - how to apply for an Australian passport
- Australian Drivers' Licences - links to Australian state licencing authorities
- Notarial services - services provided by the Embassy and Consulates-General
- Returning Remains to Australia - requirements for transporting to Australia
- J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program - requirements for waiving the two-year home residency requirement
- Registering your travel plans - Australian Government's online register for Australians travelling or living overseas
- Travel advice - Australian Government's Smartraveller travel advice
- U.S. State Bar Associations - lawyer referral services available in each U.S. state
- American Immigration Lawyers Association - lawyer referral service