Guarantor/Referee

To help us identify the person applying for an Australian passport, applicants may need to provide us with information about a person who can vouch for them—a guarantor/referee.

All guarantors/referees must meet the required criteria below depending on whether they are in Australia or overseas.

What we need the guarantor/referee to do is slightly different depending on which application form the applicant used:

You will be lodging an application checklist
Picture of online application checklist

For the online application where you take an application checklist to the interview, this person is called a referee.

Applicants need to provide the details of a referee.

The referee does not need to sign the application checklist or endorse or sign a passport photo.

 

You will be lodging a full application form
Picture of paper passport applications

If you are lodging a full application form, either a provided paper form or one printed out from the website, this person is called a guarantor.

The guarantor is required to complete Section 11 of the application form and endorse the back of one passport photo by writing 'This is a true photo of (applicant's full name)' and signing in black pen.

In Australia, the guarantor/referee must:

  • be an Australian citizen who is 18 years of age or over
  • not be related by birth or marriage to the applicant
  • not be in a de facto or registered relationship with the applicant or with a parent of a child applicant
  • not live at the same address as the applicant or with a parent of a child applicant
  • have known the applicant for at least 12 months, or since birth for applicants under one year old
  • either hold a current (unexpired) Australian passports issued with at least 2 years validity or be enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll at their current address a minimum of 12 months
  • agree to be contacted by an Australian Passport Office representative to confirm the applicant's identity

Overseas, the guarantor/referee must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • not be related to the applicant by birth or marriage
  • not be in a de facto or registered relationship with the applicant or a parent of a child applicant
  • not live at the same address as the applicant or a parent of a child applicant
  • have known the applicant for at least 12 months or, for a child under one year, since birth
  • either: A. possess a current (unexpired) Australian passport, issued with at least two years validity, or B. be a person of any nationality currently employed in one of the approved occupational or professional groups listed with the Australian diplomatic mission or consulate where this form will be lodged.
  • be able to endorse the back of one photo as shown.
  • agree to be contacted by an Australian Passport Office representative to confirm the applicant's identity