Proof of address
There are many ways that you can prove your residential address in Australia. Depending on who you are sending it to, you might just need one document or you might need to provide a combination of documents.
If you must send documentary evidence of your Australian residential address to another country, either overseas or to its foreign local representative office in Australia (ie, consulate or embassy), that documentary evidence will generally need to be notarised before it will be accepted. Since proof of address in Australia usually refers to documents issued in Australia, we can help you by notarising copies of those documents for international use.
Here are some examples of documents commonly used as proof of address in Australia:
- Drivers Licence. The Australian drivers licence is one of the most common form of photo identifications used in Australia (in the absence of a national identity card). Although the address shown on the drivers licence is also usually accepted as being proof of address, the address is generally not verified and only an indication of what was declared to the licence authority. While it is convenient to use the drivers licence as proof of address, it really is not reliable proof of address without other supporting or cooperating evidence.
- Council Rates Notice, Strata Levies Notice, and Water Rates Notice. In Australia, council rates notices, strata levies notices and water rates notices are associated with property ownership (ie, these notices will be issued in the name of the property owner or as directed by the property owner). So while this may be evidence of ownership, it does not necessarily provide proof of residence (ie, you can own property without living in it) even if the owner is also the occupier. Also, since the name on these notices can be a nominated name, it is not absolute proof of ownership or of residence either.
- Residential Tenancy Agreement. A residential tenancy agreement usually is good proof of address since it usually exists to confirm that someone is renting a property to live in it.
- Bank Statement. Sometimes a bank statement will be accepted as an acceptable form of proof of address because most banks will (must) verify the information provided to it (in Australia this is generally a 100-point identification process). However, the bank statement can also contain a mailing address which is not necessarily a residential address.
- Utility Bill. In many cases, a utility bill (ie, electricity, gas, telephone, internet, pay-tv) can be a good proof of address especially if those utilities or services are provided to a specific address even if the actual bill is emailed or sent to a different mailing address. When it comes to using a utility bill as a proof of address, it is important to now only show a connection to the address but also usage to prove that those utilities or services are actually being used at that address.
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If you need to notarise a copy of your utility bill, you must arrange for your utility provider to email the bill to us directly. Complete the quoting form below for a quote and instructions.
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