Victoria State Office
Passports, document legalisations (apostille and authentications) and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage for Victoria are provided through the Melbourne Passport Office at Level 2, Collins Square, 747 Collins Street, Docklands.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia's interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.
DFAT offers services to Australians overseas through a network of diplomatic and consular missions. DFAT also maintains offices in state and territory capitals in Australia. DFAT's State and Territory Offices work with our key domestic stakeholders – business, state and territory governments, academia, NGOs and the broader community – to help advance Australia's foreign policy, trade, investment and development interests.
Victoria State Office
The Victoria State Office works with a broad range of stakeholders across Victoria to advance Australia's international interests. Our partners include business and industry groups, state and local government, universities, NGOs, arts, cultural and sports organisations, community groups and the Consular Corps.
Multiculturalism and diversity in one of the world's most liveable cities
The latest economic diplomacy program for the Consular Corps focused on showcasing multiculturalism and diversity in Victoria. The tour explored government-led, corporate and community initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion, demonstrate the contribution of the diaspora, and promote multicultural Australia as an enduring strength, a driver of economic growth, a source of influence and an asset that promotes understanding and trade and investment opportunities.
The Consular Corps was introduced to Victoria's indigenous heritage with a visit to the Koorie Heritage Trust and a guided tour of the National Gallery of Victoria's Colony: Frontier Wars exhibition.
A visit to the Immigration Museum highlighted personal experiences of migration and cultural diversity. The Consular Corps met representatives from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the Commonwealth Bank's Multicultural Community Banking Division, visited the Islamic Museum of Australia and learned about key community engagement activities such as the Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program at Government House. The Consular Corps visited Melbourne's west and was briefed on the City of Maribyrnong's plans to become an 'intercultural city', the activities of the Western Bulldogs Football Club that foster community cohesion, support youth leadership and deliver services in health and wellbeing; and the diverse and participatory programs delivered by the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
The tour ended with a panel discussion at State Library Victoria on the benefits of Australia's diverse, open and globally connected economy and society.
Showcasing Victoria's Creative Economy
The Victoria State Office showcased Victoria's creative economy to the Consular Corps with a series of five programs highlighting sectors in which Victoria has particular strengths, including design, architecture, visual arts, liveability, performing arts, screen and digital games. Victoria is home to some of Australia's, and the world's, most innovative and successful contributors to the creative economy. Creative industries contribute $23 billion to Victoria's economy annually, generating $1.4 billion in exports and $1 billion in cultural tourism.
During the year, the Consular Corps visited both high-profile national cultural icons – including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Ballet and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – and boutique firms taking on the world. These included XM2 Aerial Cinematography, which has developed the world's largest motion picture drone; Iloura animation and visual effects studio, which won an Emmy award for its work on Game of Thrones; and Opaque Media, a boutique virtual reality company working with Boeing and NASA on a VR training system for astronauts.
View a short film of highlights:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Victoria
DFAT Victoria State Office hosted members of the consular corps for an innovation tour of Victoria. The diplomats visited world-leading projects in biotech innovation and health research and care, including the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and some of Melbourne's most successful co-working spaces, accelerator programs and start-up initiatives. In Ballarat and Geelong, we showcased innovations in frontier materials and virtual reality, and how investment in education can support a culture of entrepreneurship and research commercialisation. The visit highlighted Australian capacity for economic re-invention, as regional cities increasingly move from traditional industries to jobs and economic growth built on the new economy of information and creativity. As a result of the visit, international partnerships are now being established in areas of virtual reality, cyber security and strategic urban planning.
View a short video of the tour.
Location of DFAT Victoria State Office
The Victoria State Office does NOT provide authentication and notarial services. Passports, document legalisations (apostille and authentications) and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage for Victoria are provided through the Melbourne Passport Office.
Level 14, 55 Collins Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9221 5444
Location of Melbourne Passport Office
Level 2, Collins Square,
747 Collins Street, Docklands
Telephone: Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232
Foreign Policy White Paper
Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper delivers a framework to ensure Australia's prosperity and security by guiding our international efforts over the next decade and beyond.
Economic and Commercial Diplomacy
The Foreign Policy White Paper places economic and commercial diplomacy at the forefront of Australia's international engagement. The new Economic and Commercial Diplomacy Agenda uses the full suite of the Australian Government's diplomatic resources and our domestic networks to advocate for an open global economy, support businesses seeking commercial opportunities, advance our political and economic interests, and strengthen our international competitiveness.
The Victoria State Office provides protocol services to the consular corps in Victoria. These services include processing of arrival and departure notifications, diplomatic visa renewals, issue of identity cards and airport facilitation for foreign dignitaries.
Australians seeking emergency consular assistance, should call DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas) or 1300 555 135 (toll free from within Australia).
We encourage Australian citizens and permanent residents to access our travel advice and information about consular services via the Smartraveller website.
DFAT recruits graduates and non-graduates for a range of positions. We offer varied and challenging job opportunities advancing Australia's international political, economic, security, development and consular interests.
The Victoria State Office does not recruit employees directly and we are unable to offer opportunities for work experience or internships.
Other helpful websites
- Visas for Australians to travel overseas – Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Australia
- Visas for foreign citizens to visit Australia – Department of Home Affairs
- Citizenship inquiries – Department of Home Affaris
- Registration of births, deaths, marriages and changes of name – Registries of Births Deaths and Marriages
- Export markets, grants, free trade agreements and how to expand your business outside of Australia – Australian Trade and Investment Commission