The British Consulate-General in Sydney represents the UK government in New South Wales.
If you’re in New South Wales and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +61 (0)2 9247 7521. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Australia, call 020 7008 1500. Alternatively, you can call the Canberra Switchboard if the Sydney number isn’t available on: +61 (0)2 6270 6666.
Get an emergency travel document
If the person needing the emergency travel document is under 16, a parent or guardian should apply on their behalf.
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.
If you are not a British citizen or have not had a British passport before
If you’re not sure, check if you’re a British citizen
If you’re not a British citizen but think you may be eligible, contact us to apply for an emergency travel document.
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Consulate General in Sydney.
Other consular services
Marriage and civil partnerships
For information on getting married in Australia, see getting married abroad.
Registering a same-sex marriage
While registering same-sex marriages in all our consulates around Australia was a service we once provided, due to updates in Australian legislation and the legalisation of same-sex marriages, we no longer register same-sex marriages in British consulates in Australia.
We do however still convert civil partnerships into marriages, please see below:
Convert a civil partnership into a marriage
We can convert an existing civil partnership into marriage. You must have been living in Australia for 28 days. You don’t have to convert your civil partnership into a marriage in the country you formed it in.
What to bring with you:
- your original passport and your partner’s original passport
- original civil partnership certificate
- proof of residence, such as your driving licences, employer’s letters, or bank statements/utility bills
- the correct fee – see the list of fees
See convert a civil partnership into a marriage for full details.
Please note: bookings are reservations only. Please don’t make formal arrangements until our staff have confirmed the date and time.
Notice of intended marriage
British nationals who live in Australia and want to marry in another country will need to go to that country to post notice of their marriage there.
Notarial and documentary services
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.
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Australia.
We also provide services in:
British Consulate General Sydney
Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 (0)2 9247 7521