Australian High Commission

Information for Australians in Pakistan



Australian Citizenship Certificates

Australian citizenship certificates are issued by the Department of Home Affairs. To apply for Australian citizenship, or to replace a certificate that is damaged, destroyed or lost, please visit

Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM)

The Australian High Commission in Islamabad Pakistan does not issue Australian birth, death or marriage certificates. If you wish to register a birth, death or marriage in Australia, or obtain a copy of your existing Australian birth, death or marriage certificate, you may apply through the official web site of the relevant State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

ACT Government - Access Canberra

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Northern Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages

Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages and Divorces

South Australia Births, Deaths and Marriages

Tasmania Births, Deaths and Marriages

Victoria Births, Deaths and Marriages

Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Elections and Voting while Overseas

Upcoming 2023 Voice Referendum

A referendum will take place in Australia on Saturday 14 October 2023. In-person voting and postal voting arrangements for eligible voters is not available in Pakistan. The nearest available in-person voting location is UAE.

You can check your enrolment details and apply for a postal vote directly with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).


International Driving Permits

If you do not hold a Pakistan driver's licence and wish to drive in Pakistan, you need an international driving permit (IDP), as well as your Australian licence.

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of your domestic Australian driver’s licence photo card in nine (9) languages that assists a user to drive in a foreign country. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) is the only authorised distributor of IDPs in Australia for Australian driver’s licence holders.

Permits are recognised in 98% of countries around the world and driving abroad without a permit could be illegal.

Many rental companies won’t let you hire a vehicle without a valid IDP. Some insurance policies won’t cover you for an accident if you're driving a vehicle without an authorised licence.

We strongly recommend you get a valid IDP before leaving Australia. You can apply for an IDP online through AAA. Or, through your state or territory motoring club.

Learn more about International Driving Permits and how to apply online.

Renewal of Australian Drivers’ Licences

The renewal of Australian drivers’ licences is handled by the different State and Territory Authorities. The Embassy does not issue or renew drivers’ licences and can only assist with the witnessing and certifying of documents if required, see: Notarial Services. For additional information, or to obtain the relevant documentation for renewing your licence, please contact the transport office in the relevant Australian State or Territory.

Services Australia (Centrelink, Pensions, Social Security and Medicare)

Consular staff are unable to provide information on Centrelink, pensions, social security or Medicare. Please contact Services Australia at Phone us - Accessing our services  directly if you wish to discuss their range of payments and services.

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Australian Taxation Office

Understanding your obligations and ensuring that you have appropriate taxation arrangements in place is your responsibility. Consular staff cannot advise you on taxation matters and cannot provide ‘Tax Packs’.

All queries relating to Australian taxation, including how to lodge your tax return from Pakistan, should be directed to the Australian Taxation Office (, tel. +61 2 6216 1111).

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