Australian Embassy

Citizenship by Descent


  • If you were born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949.

At least one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth.
If your Australian citizen parent was a citizen by descent or full Hague adoption then that parent must have spent at least 2 years in Australia.

  • If you were born outside Australia or New Guinea before 26 January 1949

At least one or your parents became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949, and that parent was born in Australia or New Guinea, or was naturalised in Australia before your birth.

Note: A child of an Australian Permanent Resident born overseas (offshore) is not eligible to apply for CBD. Whereas Child of Australian PR born in Australia, may apply for 119 evidencing of citizenship

Applications for children under 16 years of age must be made by a responsible parent.
The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 defines ‘responsible parent’ in relation to a child as:

  • a parent, unless that parent does not have parental responsibility because of orders made by the Family Court of Australia, or

  • any person having responsibility over the child because of an order made by the Family Court, or

  • any person who has guardianship or custody of the child under an Australian law or a foreign law, whether because of adoption, operation of law, an order of a court or otherwise.


1. Application form (Form 118)

2. Recent passport size photographs of the applicant (two) and both parents (one each).
Note: one of the applicant’s passport size photographs must be endorsed (see pages 2-3 of Form 118 for further information);

3. Evidence of citizenship and occupation of the person providing proof of identity for the child (See Form 118, Part D – Proof of Identity);
Please make sure the endorsee’s occupation is in the profession list and the profession code is correctly identified.
Please note that if applying overseas and the endorsee is not an Australian, they may be of the profession listed in the country of your residence. You should provide the name card/work reference letter of endorsee with current contact numbers. (For more details please refer to Form 118, page 5)

4. If the applicant is less the 16 years of age – the Australian Citizen responsible parent is required to complete the declaration on Form 118.


All supporting documents must be certified by a Public Notary in Indonesia or Justice of the Peace in Australia. Otherwise you have to present the original documents to an officer of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) who will certify them for you. Please do not send original documents.

5. Full birth certificate of the child as issued by the relevant authority.
• If the child was born in Indonesia, the birth certificate must be issued by the Civil Registry Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil).
• For children not born in Indonesia and the birth certificate is not in English, an official translation is required.

The name of the child will be printed on the Citizenship by Descent certificate as it appears on the birth certificate issued by the Civil Registry office. If child’s family name is not included in the birth certificate, an official name change certificate from State Court/Civil Registry Office is required.

6. Certificate issued by the hospital (Surat Keterangan Kelahiran) or treating doctor to notify the birth of the child;

7. Evidence that at least one parent was an Australian citizen at the time of the child’s birth
• Australian birth certificate, Citizenship certificate or an Australian Passport issued after 1984.
• If the Australian parent acquired Australian citizenship by descent, that parent must have been lawfully present in Australia for a period or periods totalling at least two years at some time in their life. Please provide evidence of legal residence totalling two years in Australia where the Australian parent acquired Australian citizenship by descent.

8. Certified copy of passport or Identification card (KTP) of non-Australian parent.

9. Evidence of parents’ relationship (if the child’s mother is not an Australian Citizen)
This is to satisfy the decision-maker that a spousal relationship between the parents had been established prior conception of the child and the child is a natural child of the Australian parent.
• Marriage certificate of the child’s parents
• If the parents of the child are not married or were not married at least nine months prior to the child's birth, following documents must be provided:
• Pre-natal medical records of mother, including any ultrasound and/or doctors’ reports;
• Post-natal medical records of the applicant;
• Evidence that demonstrates that parents had been in a relationship at the time of or before the conception of the child (for instance, documents showing joint travel, cohabitation, correspondence, joint bank accounts, copies of passport pages with travel stamps/records, etc  
• If the parents were not married in Indonesia and their marriage certificate is not in English, an official translation of the certificate is required;

10. Character: Applicants aged 18 years or over must show that they are of good character. They must to:
• Complete Form 80 Personal Particulars for Character Assessments.
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• Provide penal clearance certificates if they have lived for the total period of 12 months or more outside Australia since turning 18 years of age and if the time spent in any one country was more than 90 days.
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More Information

Lodging your application

The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)
Kuningan City 2nd floor no L2-19
Jl Prof Dr Satrio Kav 18, Setiabudi, Kuningan
Jakarta 12940 
Application hours: 08.30am - 16.00pm

The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)
Benoa Square 3rd floor No. 7-9.3/A
Jl. Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 21 A, Kedonganan, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Application hours: 08.30am - 16.00pm

Call Centre AVAC Jakarta and Bali: + 62 21 3041 8700

Email AVAC Jakarta and Bali:

If you wish to lodge an application to the Embassy you MUST make an appointment.

Payment Options

In Indonesia: Application Fee: 1,340,000 IDR ($120 AUD if paid in Australia).
If you are lodging for more than one child, each additional child is 1,070,000 IDR ($95 AUD if paid in Australia).

Pay in cash (Indonesian Rupiah only)

  1. Pay by bank cheque payable to the Australian Embassy, Jakarta.
    Please include the clearing fee in IDR CASH only for each Bank CHEQUE or GIRO.
    Bank CHEQUE and GIRO from Jakarta costs IDR 5,000
    Bank CHEQUE and GIRO from outside Jakarta costs IDR 50,000

In Australia: A payment for an application can be made at a DIBP office or by calling the DIBP enquiry line 131880. The payment receipt must accompany the application.

Contacting us:
If you wish to contact us you may:
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Processing time
Most Citizenship by Descent applications are finalised within 1 month. However, as individual cases vary in complexity, some may take more or less time than this to finalise. You will be notified as soon as possible if your application is identified as one which is likely to exceed this service standard.

Australian Passport
After the Citizenship by Descent certificate has been issued, you may apply for an Australian passport. Please contact the Consular Section:
• Phone: (62-21) 2550 5500
• Website: