Delegations & Authorisations

Legal basis

The Australian Passports Act 2005, Section 6, defines various officers who may be authorised by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make decisions and perform functions under the Act. The full schedule of Ministerial Delegations can be found in the Australian Passports Act 2005 – Authorisations and Delegations.

Who can be an Authorised Officer

An Authorised Officer means an officer authorised by the Minister for Foreign Affairs under the Australian Passports Act 2005, Sections 7 and 9, to approve the issue of passports and travel documents.

Authorised Officers: Australia

In Australia, the Minister has delegated as Authorised Officers the following positions:

Authorised Officers: Overseas

Overseas, the Minister has delegated as Authorised Officers the following positions:

Note: *Posts seeking to have an LES staff member approved to perform the function of authorising officer should seek approval from AS PCB via cable.*

Note: **Approved Canadian Consular Officers at Canadian Responsible missions may issue Provisional Travel Documents (PTD) when given specific approval do to so by the Authorised Officer at their Australian supervising mission.**