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Child alerts

Entitlement to raise a child alert

A person can raise a child alert against the issue of a passport to a child if:

  • They have parental responsibility for a child; and
  • They suspect that a passport application may be made on behalf of the child in order to remove the child from Australia or an overseas country, without their consent.

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Lodging a child alert

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Lodging a child alert

A parent who wishes to lodge an alert must do so in writing by:

  • Obtaining a PC9 (Child Alert Request) form from the passports website or APIS and lodging it by mail or in person at an Australian Passport Office or at an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate overseas; or
  • If the circumstances warrant it, by submitting a written B11 statement on which all the details shown on the PC9 form are included. This statement may be lodged by mail or in person at an Australian Passport Office or at an Australian diplomatic mission or consulate overseas.

The original form may be lodged in person or by mail at:

  • The relevant Australian Passport Office; or
  • An Australian diplomatic mission or consulate overseas.

A faxed copy, or scanned copy sent via email, of the PC9 form may be accepted in an emergency but the original form must be lodged as soon as possible. Under no circumstances is a child alert to be raised on the basis of a telephone call alone.

Request to withdraw a child alert after lodgement

The parent who requested the child alert must complete a PC9 marking "Withdraw an existing alert" in the appropriate box.

The original form may be lodged in person or by mail at:

  • The relevant Australian Passport Office; or
  • An Australian diplomatic mission or consulate overseas.

Details of person requesting a child alert

The person requesting the alert must provide:

  • Their full name and address;
  • Contact details (both business and after hours telephone numbers);
  • Relationship to the child against whom the alert is to be raised;
  • Reason for raising the alert; and
  • Copies of any relevant court orders.

These details must be included on the PC9 form and recorded on PICS within one working day of receipt. Copies of any court orders should be retained with the PC9 form.

No guarantee child alert prevents passport issue or travel

There is no guarantee that acceptance of the child alert will prevent a passport being issued to the child nor will it prevent a child leaving Australia if he/she already has a passport or is entitled to obtain a passport from another country.

People seeking to use the passport alert system must also be made aware of the Family Law Watch List operated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and should be advised to contact the AFP Family Law Unit in their state or territory for details.

The information on the back of the PC9 form should be brought to the attention of the person lodging the alert request.

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Advice to a person who requests an alert

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