British High Commissioner to Australia
The UK and Australia share a longstanding relationship, as both partners and allies.
We represent the British government in its relations with the Australian government and present British policies to the Australian government and to Australians. We report and explain Australian policies to the British government and support British interests as well as co-ordinating the political, economic, environmental and commercial activities of the British government.
We have consulates-general in Sydney and Melbourne and consulates in Brisbane and Perth. With over one million Britons living in Australia and over 590,000 visiting every year, the consulates support British nationals if they need assistance. Please see below for our opening hours.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who urgently need consular assistance outside normal office hours should call their nearest consulate (see below) and follow the prompts for emergency assistance.
For information on staying safe and avoiding problems when living or travelling in Australia, see our latest travel advice.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Our consulates cannot handle individual enquiries about passport applications.
If your passport is unavailable, see how to report a lost or stolen passport.
If you are travelling urgently and your passport is lost, stolen, damaged, expired or has insufficient validity, you may be eligible for an emergency travel document.
For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply go to the UK Border Agency website
All applications for naturalisation, registration or renunciation of British citizenship are handled by the UK Border Agency. Our consulates cannot handle individual enquiries about citizenship or nationality.
You don’t need to register with your nearest consulate. Please read and subscribe to updates on our travel advice. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. In the event of a crisis, we will update you via these social media channels.
Registering a birth or death
We do not perform consular birth or death registrations in Australia, nor is this necessary as UK authorities accept local certificates issued by the relevant registration authorities.
UK birth/death/marriage certificates
You must order these direct from the UK: see how to order a birth/death/marriage certificate.
Registering a civil partnership
We register same-sex civil partnerships in all our consulates around Australia. See civil partnership registrations overseas. Please contact your nearest consulate for further advice.
Notice of intended marriage
British nationals who are planning to marry in a foreign (non-Commonwealth) country need to get a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) before the marriage. British High Commission staff in Canberra do not issue these certificates, but we forward the required documents to the consulate in the foreign country where the marriage is to take place.
British nationals who are permanent residents of Australia (or dual nationals) may be issued a CNI by the Australian authorities, but if you are travelling on a British passport you will require a CNI from the British Embassy in the country where you are getting married.
See information on getting married overseas.
Our consulates around Australia are unable to carry out notarial acts under the Commissioner of Oaths Act 1889, and on instruction from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London.
This includes certifying documents as true copies of originals, administering oaths or taking affidavits. For these or other notarial acts, or the legalising of documents, please contact a notary public.
Guides we produce
Our publication how British nationals can stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty.
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals living in, or travelling to, Australia.
We charge fees for some of our services: a list is available on this website
List of lawyers
A list of lawyers is available for British nationals who need legal advice. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British High Commission or the UK government.
We provide information on the legal and prison system to British nationals who are detained.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
UK law says we have to charge for some services. Details of our current fees and the standards of service you can expect to receive are on display in all our consular offices.
What our consulates cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
- renew or replace a full British passport
British High Commission Canberra
Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: +61 (0)2 6270 6666
Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 12.30pm/1.30pm to 5.00pm
British Consulate-General Sydney
Consul-General and Director General UK Trade & Investment: Mr Nick McInnes
Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: +61 (0) 9247 7521
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 12.30pm/1.30pm to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
British Consulate-General Melbourne
Consul-General: Mr Gareth Hoar
17th Floor, 90 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: +61 (0)3 9652 1600
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Public counter hours:
Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm
British Consulate Perth
Vice Consul and Head of Consular Services: Mr James Frew
251 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Telephone: +61 (0)8 9224 4700
Opening Hours Mondays to Fridays:
Public counter hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm
UK Visa (biometric) appointments: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm
British Consulate Brisbane
Vice Consul and Head of Consular Services: Mrs Megan Hunt
100 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Telephone: +61 (0)7 3223 3200
Opening Hours Mondays to Fridays:
Counter hours: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm