The British High Commission in Australia maintains and develops relations between the UK and Australia.

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. We also co-ordinate the political, economic, environmental and commercial activities of the British government.

Find out more on our UK and Australia news page. We provide services to British nationals living in and visiting Australia. You can access UK government services while in Australia.

Urgent assistance

If you’re travelling in Australia, see our Australia travel advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you’re in Canberra and you need advice which is not covered by reading our travel advice then you can contact us online

If you’re in Canberra and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +61 (0)2 6270 6666 / +44 1908 51 6666.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

Apply online for 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 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.

Other consular services

Register 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

You must pay fees: see the list of fees.

See convert a civil partnership into a marriage for full details.

Book an appointment to convert a civil partnership in:

Brisbane Canberra Melbourne Perth Sydney

Bookings are by appointment only. Please don’t make formal arrangements until our staff have confirmed the date and time.

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 & Development 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.

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the list of fees.

We also provide services in:

Our people

Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO

British High Commissioner to Australia

  • Nick Crouch

    Deputy High Commissioner, Canberra

  • Louise Cantillon

    British Consul General and Deputy Trade Commissioner Asia Pacific (Australia & New Zealand)

  • Brigadier Marcus Simson

    Defence Adviser, Australia

  • Joanne Freeman

    Consul General for Queensland & the Northern Territory and Director of Trade for Australia & New Zealand

Contact us

British High Commission Canberra

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Telephone:
+61 (0)2 6270 6666

Fax:
+61 (0)2 6273 3236 / +44 1908 51 6666

Public access to the British High Commission is by appointment only.

24/7 support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +61 (0)2 6270 6666.

For consular enquiries, use the contact form: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-canberra


For non-consular enquiries, email australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

Access and opening times

British Consulate-General Sydney

Consul-General and Deputy Trade Commissioner APAC (Australia & New Zealand): Mrs Louise Cantillon
Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

Telephone:
+61 2 8247 2200 / +44 1908 51 6666

Public access to the British Consulate is by appointment only.

24/7 support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +61 (0)2 8247 2200.

For consular enquiries, use the contact form: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-sydney

For non-consular enquiries, email australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

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British Consulate-General Melbourne

Consul-General: Mr Steph Lysaght
17th Floor, 90 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Telephone:
+61 (0)3 9652 1600 / +44 1908 51 6666

Public access to the British Consulate is by appointment only.

24/7 support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +61 (0)3 9652 1600.

For consular enquiries, use the contact form: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-melbourne


For non-consular enquiries, email australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

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British Consulate-General Brisbane

Consul-General & Director of Trade: Ms Joanne Freeman
Level 9
100 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Australia

Telephone:
+61 (0)7 3223 3200 / +44 1908 51 6666

Public access to the British Consulate General is by appointment only.

24/7 support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +61 (0)7 3223 3200.

For consular enquiries, use the contact form: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-brisbane

For non-consular enquiries, email australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

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British Consulate Perth

Level 12
251 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Australia

Telephone:
+61 (0)8 9224 4700 / +44 1908 51 6666

Public access to the British Consulate is by appointment only.
 
24/7 support is available by telephone for all routine enquiries and emergencies. Please call +61 (0)8 9224 4700.

For consular enquiries, use the contact form: www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-perth

For non-consular enquiries, email australia.enquiries@fcdo.gov.uk

Access and opening times