Applicant documents

Identity documents

  • Certified copy of the biographical page of the current passport or travel document entered in the application (this is the page with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • One recent passport style photograph of you.
    • This photograph should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
  • Certified copy of National Identity Card (both sides) if you have one.

If you need to enter Australia on your way to another country

  • Your itinerary in Australia.
  • Confirmed onward booking, such as a ticket, to continue your journey from Australia to another country within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Correct documentation to enter the other country, such as a visa to enter the third country.

If you are joining a ship as a crew member

Details provided by the applicant:

  • documentary proof that you are employed on, or are to be employed on, the ship you are joining in Australia
  • tickets or documents establishing arrangements for travel to a destination outside Australia
  • you need to have acceptable travel documents such as a seafarer's identity document
  • a statement from the vessel's local shipping/handling agent.

Details provided by the shipping agent:

The shipping agent provides the following details with your application:

  • your name
  • the name of the person you are replacing
  • the name of the company employing you
  • the name of the ship you will join
  • the date you arrive in Australia
  • the port and date you expect to join the ship
  • if you are not the ship’s owner, a copy of the request for crew from the ship’s agent in Australia. The request should contain the details of all crew members applying for visas.