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Free document translations in Australia

If you are resident of Australia, the Government provides free translation of documents to support you in employment, education and community engagement.

Permanent residents and select temporary or provisional visa holders can have up to 10 eligible documents translated, into English, within the first two years of their eligible visa grant date.

This free service is provided by TIS National (The Translating and Interpreting Service) on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. Where available, all translations are completed by translators credentialed by National Accreditation Body for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

Free document translations in Australia

Who can get the free translation service?

Australian subclass visa holders:

100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 124, 126, 132, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 143, 151, 175 176 186 187 189 190 200 201 202 203 204 300 309 403 405 410 445 449 476 482 485 500 491 494 785 786 790 800 801 802 804 808 820 834 835 836 837 838 846 851 852 855 856 857 858 859 861 862 863 864 866, 880, 881, 882, 883, 885, 886, 887, 888, 890, 891, 892, 893

If you are a holder of one of the listed visas and your visa has been granted not more than two years ago, you will most likely get a free translation service for “Personal Documents”.

For each individual case, there is an additional assessment to prove your eligibility for this service.

All other visa subclasses, including bridging visas, tourist visas and working holiday visas, are not eligible for the free translation service. Australian citizens are also not eligible.

What are “Personal Documents”?

These are documents that are that name you, belong to you and are about you. You can get translations of up to 10 personal documents (for all time living in Australia) that will help you in employment, education and community engagement. Please be aware, each family member must submit his own application for the translation. You cannot translate the same document twice as well.

Visas and personal documents required for visa applications are not eligible for free translation.

The following personal documents are accepted for translation:

  • Certificates of birth, change of name
  • Certificates of civil partnership and marriage and divorce
  • Death certificates
  • Driver licenses
  • Documents on education
  • Labour and medical documents
  • Other identification documents
  • Medical documents
  • Certificates of no criminal record

Full list of documents you can find at https://translating.homeaffairs.gov.au/ 

How to get a request for a free translation?

Colour photos or scans are all we need. Make sure that the photos are clear and that nothing is cut off around the edges. Also, make sure you upload colour files, not black-and-white ones. We do not require photos or scans to be certified.

  1. You must apply through the website https://translating.homeaffairs.gov.au/ 
  2. To complete the application form, you have to upload your passport or ImmiCard, your visa grant notice or VEVO entitlement check, and the documents you need to translate.
  3. You will receive an instant confirmation by email with an application number.
  4. Your application will then be assessed against the eligibility criteria within one to two business days, and you will be notified by email of the outcome.
  5. You will receive email with the completed translation within 30 calendar days of its approval.
  6. You can also request paper originals to be posted 

What will you get as a result?

The translation will be suitable for many official purposes in Australia.

The translations will be provided on a template and will be in extract summary format (up to 100 words), except in some circumstances.

If you can supply reasonable evidence that you need a complete word-for-word translation of a certain document, then the entire document may be translated.

For example, it could be the link to the official website of an authority/institution stating that a word-for-word translation is required. If a word-for-word translation is provided, then the first five pages will count as one document, the next five as the second document, and so on. You cannot have more than 10 documents translated under the Free Translating Service.

Would you like to get a FREE assessment for an Australian visa?

You can find out whether your case meets the visa conditions RIGHT NOW! Please complete the express assessment form below and receive expert migration advice for free!

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