Travel Related Documents

Under the Australian Passports Act 2005, a person may be issued a travel-related document if they meet certain criteria.

Travel-related documents include:

Travel-related documents are not passports and do not entitle the bearer to the same rights and conditions as an Australian passport. They are not recognised by all countries as a valid travel document and the Australian Government has no control over this.

Travel-related documents do not confer an automatic right of re-entry to Australia. The holder of an Australian travel-related document must confirm with DIAC whether they require a Resident Return Visa.


Document of Identity (DOI)

DOI for travel to/from Norfolk Island

DOI’s are issued free of charge to Australian citizens who intend to travel between Norfolk Island and the Australian mainland only and have a maximum validity of three years (note – a priority processing fee may be charged if the DOI is required within 48 hours).

In Australia, applicants requiring a DOI for travel to Norfolk Island can lodge their application at an Australia Post outlet or a Passport Office using an “Application for an Australian Passport” form for either an adult or a child (PC1 or PC4).

DOI for travel to other destinations or non-Australian citizens

A DOI may be issued to Australian citizens where the issue of an Australia passport is unnecessary or undesirable. DOI’s may also be issued in very limited compassionate circumstances, to people who possess the nationality of a Commonwealth country and have an urgent need to travel.

Anyone wishing to apply for a DOI should contact the Australian Passport Office through the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 or if overseas, their nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission to discuss their individual circumstances and the documentation they must provide to establish their identity, nationality and entitlement.

Applicants requiring a DOI (except for travel to Norfolk Island) should lodge their application at a Passport Office using an “Application for an Australian Passport” form for either an adult or a child (PC1, PC4 or PC8).

Provisional Travel Document (PTD)

A PTD is a one page travel-related document that is issued to Australian citizens free of charge who require an identity document to enable travel to the nearest passport issuing overseas mission. PTD’s are generally issued overseas by accredited Honorary Consuls and approved Canadian missions or in emergency situations once the applicant’s identity and citizenship has been confirmed.

Applicants for a PTD must make contact with their nearest Australian overseas diplomatic or consular mission.

Certificates of Identity (COI)

A COI is primarily issued to non-Australian citizens holding specific DIAC issued visa classes, who are about to leave Australia and are unable to obtain a travel document from the country of which the person claims to be a national.

Each application for a COI will be assessed individually based on the applicant’s circumstances, including the visa category they hold, their nationality and reason for travel.

Visa categories and country/nationality requirements have changed in recent years and someone issued an Australian COI previously may no longer be entitled.

A COI may become invalid if the bearer returns to the country of which the person claims to be a national, and is able to obtain a valid travel document for that country.

Anyone wishing to apply for a COI should contact the Australian Passport Office through the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 or if overseas, contact their nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission to discuss their individual circumstances and the documentation they must provide to establish their identity, nationality and entitlement.

All applications for a COI must be lodged at an Australian Passport Office using an “Application for Certificate of Identity or Convention Travel Document” form (PC5) with the appropriate fee.

Convention Travel Document (CTD)

A Convention Travel Document (CTD), also known as a Titre de Voyage, may be issued to non- Australian citizens recognised by Australia as refugees in accordance with the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951 and its 1967 Protocol.

Applicants must provide evidence of their refugee status and be about to leave Australia and cannot obtain a travel document from his/her country of lawful residence. Applicants who have acquired Australian Citizenship are not eligible as they have forfeited their refugee status.

Anyone wishing to apply for a CTD should contact the Australian Passport Office through the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 or if overseas, contact their nearest Australian diplomatic of consular mission to discuss their individual circumstances and the documentation they must provide to establish their identity, nationality and entitlement.

All applications for a CTD must be lodged at an Australian Passport Office using an “Application for Certificate of Identity or Convention Travel Document” form (PC5) with the appropriate fee.