Document Translation

The Department of Social Services (DSS) provides a free translation service, of personal documents for eligible people permanently settling in Australia.

Eligibility for free translation

 You are eligible for free translations if you are a:

  • Permanent Visa Holder
  • Australian Citizen
  • Holders of Permanent Partner visa subclasses 100 and 801
  • Provisional Partner and related Dependent Child visa holders
     

Eligibility period

Permanent visa holders may submit documents for the free translating service within a two year period of the date of:

  • the applicant's initial arrival in Australia with a permanent visa; or
  • the onshore grant of a permanent visa, whichever is later.

Australian Citizens may submit documents for the free translating service within a two year period of the date of:

  • the applicant’s return to Australia to permanently settle in the country

Holders of Permanent Partner visa subclasses 100 and 801 have generally been eligible for the free translating service as holders of Temporary/Provisional Partner visas. The free translating service eligibility period is deemed to have begun at the entry of grant date of the Temporary/Provisional Partner or related Dependent Child visa (subclasses 820, 309, or 445), not from the entry or grant date of the Permanent Partner visa.

Provisional Partner and related Dependent Child visa holders may submit documents for the free translating service within a two year period of the date of:

  • their initial arrival in Australia with the eligible Temporary/Provisional visa; or
  • the onshore grant of the eligible Temporary/Provisional visa, whichever is later.

Examples of eligible documents for free translation

Speak to a Customer Service Officer at an AMES Australia location who will help you get your documents translated.

Documents you can have translated include:

  • Birth certificate, baptism certificate
  • Driver’s licence and motor cycle licence
  • Medical certificate
  • Tertiary certificate
  • Letters of appointment/employment contracts
     

Not eligible for free translation?

If you are not eligible for free translation, or if you have additional documents that you need translated into English, you should use a NAATI accredited translator. Visit www.naati.com.au.