Child’s signature and parent declaration
A person with parental responsibility must sign and date the declaration on the application form. They must not sign in the child signature box.
Children under 10 years old are considered to be too young to provide a legible signature in the space allowed for the child’s signature however, if signed by the child and the signature is inside the signature box it can be accepted and it will appear in the travel document. Otherwise, the application form must be marked ‘unable to sign’ and no signature will appear in the travel document.
For applicants who are able to sign, if there is a problem with the signature (e.g. it extends outside the box), the applicant should re-sign in the additional signature box provided.
Unable to sign declaration and signature to appear in the travel document
If an applicant 10 years or over (including adults) is unable to sign the signature box and/or declaration section on the application form (e.g. medical reason) the interviewer should ensure that the application form is marked “unable to sign” and no signature will appear in the travel document. The applicant or the person assisting the applicant should be asked to provide one of the following :
- a statement (B11 form) usually from the person assisting the applicant at lodgement (e.g. family member/carer/friend) stating the reasons why the applicant is unable to sign; or
- a letter from a medical practitioner stating the reasons why the applicant is unable to sign;
The person assisting the applicant must NOT sign the declaration.
The declaration on an application form must be read and signed by the applicant or person with parental responsibilty of a child applicant (unless they are unable to sign – see above). Under the Australian Passports Act 2005, Part 4, Division 2, it is a criminal offence to make false or misleading statements.
The declaration advises how the information provided by the applicant on the application form will be used. Applicants have the option to object to the use of their information for internal training purposes. Any applicants that object to using their information are to be advised to call the Australian Passport Information Service (APIS).
All interviewers must sign the declaration on the application form declaring that the photograph attached to the application form is a true photo of the applicant and that they have conducted the interview and confirmed the information provided. Under the Australian Passports Act 2005, Part 4, Division 2, it is a criminal offence to make false or misleading statements.