Embassy Name & Address
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone:Immigrant and Non Immigrant visa enquires 1902-941-641
Main Switchboard: +61-2- 9373-9200 (If calling from the U.S. dial 011-61-2-9373-9200)
Fax: (61-2) 9373-9185
Obtaining Police Certificate
If you reside outside Australia
Applicants who live overseas should refer requests to the Australian Federal Police. Applicants are required to apply for a police certificate based on a name and fingerprint check. Police clearances issued on the basis of only a name check will not be accepted. More information is available on their website at: http://afp.gov.au/ or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you reside in New South Wales
Make an appointment, and then appear in person to be fingerprinted at your local police station. You must pay the fee of AUD175 (subject to change, please check the current fee with the police) and complete an application form, which the police will forward to:
NSW Police Department,
Criminal Records Section,
Level B3 NSW Police
Headquarters, 1 Charles St,
Parramatta, NSW 2150.
Tel: (02) 8835-7888.
Please find further details on the New South Wales Police website.
If you reside in Queensland
Check with your local police station if you need an appointment, then go in person to be fingerprinted. You must pay the prescribed fee of AUD146.70 (subject to change, please check the current fee with the police) and complete an indemnification form required by the Queensland Police Department. You must then forward the fingerprints, completed indemnification form, and payment to:
Inspector of Police,
Section, GPO Box 1440
Brisbane, QLD 4001.
Telephone: (07) 3364-6854.
Please find further details on the Queensland Police website.
Return of police certificates for NSW and Queensland residents
For NSW and Queensland residents, your police record will be sent directly to the U.S. Consulate in Sydney by the police department, and the Criminal Records Section will notify you that this has been done. If you do not receive this notification within 3 weeks of your application, we strongly recommend that you ascertain the status of your records by checking at the police station where you initially made your request.
If you reside in the ACT
Check with your local police station if you need an appointment, then go in person to be fingerprinted. You must also pay the prescribed fee. Current fees can be found at the AFP web site.You must also complete an indemnification form required by the Australian Federal Police. This process normally takes a minimum of 15 working days, after which the results are posted to the applicant. You must then bring the results to your final visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney.
Please find further details at the AFP web site.
If you reside in Western Australia
If you reside in Western Australia, you must request a national police certificate based on name and fingerprints from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Check with your local police station if you need an appointment, then go in person to be fingerprinted. Your fingerprint card, fees and application should be sent to the AFP for processing. For current fees to be paid to the AFP, please refer to their web site. This process normally takes a minimum of 15 working days, after which the results are posted to the applicant. You must then bring the results to your final visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney.
Overseas applicants must apply directly to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The AFP can be contacted at (02) 6202-3333 or through their web site.
If you reside in Victoria
Victoria Police provide a Police and Fingerprints Records Search. Appointments can be made by phoning 1300 881 596. Further information is available from:
If you reside in Tasmania
Criminal History Services provides a National Police History Record & Fingerprint Check, but you must be residing in Tasmania to apply. Residents of other states should direct enquiries to the police service of the state or territory in which they reside.
Applicants are required to submit copies of 3 different types of ID with their application form, and must attend their local police station to take fingerprints. The fee for a National Police History Record & Fingerprint Check is AUD120 (subject to change, please check with the police directly) and the average turnaround time is 3-4 weeks for a fingerprint check.
Please find guidance and application forms on the Tasmanian Police web site.
If you reside in the Northern Territory
A fingerprint check is AUD120 (subject to change, please check with the police directly) and the turnaround time is 4 weeks for fingerprint checks. The fingerprint check will include disclosable traffic convictions and criminal records held by the Northern Territory and most interstate police jurisdictions. Applicants must visit their local police station with their ID. Please call ahead to check if you need an appointment.
Please find guidance and application forms from the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services at: http://pfes.nt.gov.au/
If you reside in South Australia
National Police Certificate & Fingerprint Checks (NPC) will only be prepared for those people who reside in South Australia. South Australian residents living overseas should refer requests to the Australian Federal Police or via e-mail at email@example.com. Residents of other states should direct enquiries to the police service of the state or territory in which they reside.
The standard timeframe to process a NPC is between 2-15 working days. The fee for a National Police Certificate & Fingerprint Check is AUD142.50 (subject to change, please check current fee at SA Police website).
Please find guidance and application forms on the South Australian Police website.
Medical Exam Details
After she has mailed her readiness documents to the consulate, she should receive confirmation from the consulate her packet has been received, along with instructions to obtain a medical exam. She should arrange to have her medical at latest 1-2 weeks before her consulate interview. She should fill in and bring her, passport, three visa photos, and her vaccination records. It is recommended she brings her vaccinations up to date while at the clinic. This is required when she applies for her Green card, so by doing it now she will save herself time later.
Depending on the clinic, they will either courier the results directly to the consulare, or give her a sealed envelope with test results. She must NOT break the seal. She must bring the unopened envelope with her to the embassy interview.
Below is the list of approved physicians to conduct the Medical:
New South Wales:
Dr. Anthony Millar,
Macquarie Street Sydney,
02 9232 3932
Dr Joseph N. Waks, George
Street Sydney, 02 9239 1677
Dr David Lee,
Red Hill ACT,
02 6295 0966
Sept.2008-Dr. Gary Litherland
Cairns Tourist & Local
Cairns Travel Clinic
15 Lake Street
Cairns, QLD 4870
Drs Ross Taylor, Brian Kable & James Yates,
Brisbane, 07 3229 1344
Dr David Miller,
08 8267 5600
Dr Charles Okraglik,
Bridge Street Clinic 141 Bridge
Street Port Melbourne, VIC
3207 (03) 9646-3551
(medical exam au$346.50)
Dr Ralph Poppenbeek
03 9670 3558
(medical exam au$165.00 x-rays $75.00)
Dr John Banks,
Hobart, 03 6223 6822
Dr Augustine Matarazoo,
08 8952 2000
Dr John Bateman,
Perth, 08 9321 7022
Dr Elizabeth Sinclair,
Perth, 08 9322 4788
Altone Medical Centre,
Beechboro, 08 9279 1079
By Fred Wahl