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Telephone 131 881 during business hours
in Australia to speak to an operator (recorded
information available outside these hours).
If you are outside Australia, please contact
your nearest Australian mission.
What documents do you need?
You will need to provide the following documents with your
• Proof of your identity, eg. passport, driver’s licence.
• Proof of change of name, if applicable, eg. marriage cer
• If available, the passport or travel document you used when
you first travelled to Australia, and any other passports issued
since your arrival.
• If lodging this application by post, certified copies of the
above documentation should be provided.
• If someone is acting on your behalf, they must provide proof
of their identity and Question 16 must be completed.
Requesting a CERS in the name of deceased person
If you are applying for a CERS in the name of a deceased person,
you may be asked to provide a legitimate reason for requesting
the CERS, for example evidence of Power of Attorney. You will
also be asked to provide a certified true copy of the death
certificate for the deceased person, proof of relationship and
proof of your identity.
This form should be completed in the deceased person’s name
and you should attach a covering letter and supporting
documentation outlining your reasons for requesting the CERS.
A CERS will not be issued if the deceased person was an
About the information you give
The information provided will be used for assessing your
eligibility for evidence of resident status and for other purposes
relating to the administration of the Migration Act. The storage,
use and disclosure by the department of the information you
provide in this form is governed by the Privacy Act 1988. If you
want more information about this, you should see the
information form 993i, Safeguarding your personal
mation, available from any office of the depar
The department is authorised under the Migration Act 1958
certain circumstances, to collect a range of personal identifiers
including a facial image, fingerprints and a signature from
non-citizens. The department requires personal identifiers to
assist in assessing your identity. The department is authorised
to disclose your personal identifiers and information relating to
your name and other relevant biographical data to a number of
agencies including law enforcement and health agencies and to
other agencies who may need to check your identity with this
department. Where the department obtains personal identifiers
they will become part of your official record with the department.
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The department is involved in international information
exchanges with a number of countries, including the United
Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and New
Zealand. These international information exchanges may
involve the sharing of personal identifiers, including facial
images and fingerprint data, collected by immigration agencies
such as this department. If, as a result of this sharing between
countries, there is a match with your personal identifiers, the
department will disclose your biographical data, copies of
travel and other identity documents or infor
mation from such
documents, your immigration status and immigration history
(which may include any immigration abuse and offences) and
any criminal histor
y information relevant to immigration
purposes. The purpose of such disclosure would be to help
m your identity and determine if you have presented to
tment and the other agency under the same identity
and with similar claims.
For more detailed information you should read information
form 1243i Your personal identifying information, which is
available from the department’s website
www.immi.gov.au/allforms/ or from any office of the
department or Australian mission overseas.