We maintain and develop relations between the UK and Australia. The British High Commission in Canberra provides services to British nationals living in and visiting 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 as well as co-ordinating the political, economic, environmental and commercial activities of the British government.

You can access UK government services while in Australia.

Urgent assistance

If you urgently need consular assistance outside normal office hours you should call your nearest consulate and follow the prompts for emergency assistance.

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.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country. Read what an emergency travel document does.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to book an appointment for an emergency travel document in:

Brisbane Canberra Melbourne Perth Sydney

Other consular services

Register a same-sex marriage

We register same-sex marriages in all our consulates around Australia. See getting married abroad. We no longer register new civil partnerships in our consulates.

You will need to have been living in Australia for seven clear days before you can post notice of your intended marriage, and you must have lived in Australia for 21 clear days in total before your marriage can be solemnised.

What to bring with you:

  • your original passport and your partner’s original passport

  • proof of residence – such as your driving licences, employer’s letters, or bank statements/utility bills

  • the correct fee – see the list of fees

  • proof that your partner is free to marry, if your partner is not a British national

If either of you have been divorced, widowed or in a civil partnership before, you’ll also need either:

See getting married abroad for full details.

Book an appointment for notice of marriage 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.

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 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.

Consular fees

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

We also provide services in:

Our people

Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG

Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG

British High Commissioner to Australia

Contact us

British High Commission Canberra

Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 12.30pm/1.30pm to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Access and opening times

British Consulate-General Sydney

Consul-General and Director General UK Trade & Investment: Mr Michael Ward
Level 16, Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

Consular counter hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Access and opening times

British Consulate-General Melbourne

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

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours:
Monday to Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Access and opening times

British Consulate Perth

Head of Office and Senior Trade Development Manager: Mr Andrew Beveridge
Level 12
251 Adelaide Terrace

Perth WA 6000
Australia

Opening Hours Mondays to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Access and opening times

British Consulate Brisbane

Head of Office & Head of Institutional Investment (Aus & NZ): Mr Craig O'Kane
Level 9
100 Eagle Street

Brisbane QLD 4000
Australia

Opening Hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
Consular counter hours: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Switchboard hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Access and opening times