Applying for a passport for a child can be a difficult process for single parents.
Before an Australian passport can be issued, there needs to be written consent from both parents of the child. Both parents need to sign a child’s passport application form.
In most cases, this is usually the natural parents of the child as stated on the child’s Birth Certificate.
If written consent is provided by each of the parties with parental responsibility, applications can be lodged at an Australian Post Office or any Australian Passport Office.
Even if the parties are divorced, you can still get a passport for your child this way through both signing and lodging as per usual.
The divorce doesn’t change the fact that both signatures are required, even in the case of one parent having an order for sole parental responsibility.
‘Sole parental responsibility’ grants power for ‘long term decisions for the child’ but does not remove the other parent’s parental responsibility.
The reason the law needs each party with parental responsibility to give written consent is to prevent the abduction of children of divorced households.
A parent can refuse to give written consent for the passport application.
If this is the case, you can still try to get the passport for your child. You have two options:
When making your request you should include: