Welcome to the Honorary Consulate of Ireland Western Australia website.
I hope you find this website a useful source of information on all matters Irish. Our main priorities are to provide consular help and assistance to Irish citizens in Western Australia and to provide information and assistance to Western Australians who have an interest in Ireland and the Irish.
If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
Marty Kavanagh – Honorary Consul of Ireland, Western Australia
Presidential Distinguished Service Award
The Embassy of Ireland would like to bring to your attention the call for nominations for the annual Presidential Distinguished Service Award. The Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad (PDSA) was established by the Government in 2012, to provide a new system of State recognition for those living abroad, (primarily Irish citizens , those entitled to Irish citizenship, and those of Irish descent) who provide sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and/or Irish communities abroad.
Download the public notice and nomination form, and in addition to completing the application form, nominators are asked to provide supporting material, at a minimum two letters of support. Further information is also available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
The closing date for receipt of nominations at the Embassy of Ireland, Canberra is Wednesday, 22nd April 2015.
Picking up passports in Ireland
The passport office has advised that effective 1 January 2015 that if you travel to Ireland on a temporary passport you may not collect your full passport from any passport office in Ireland. Your full passport will be sent to the Honorary Consulate in Perth (or the office where you lodged your passport application). You are therefore expected to return to Australia on your temporary passport and exchange same for your full passport as soon as possible after arrival. It is your obligation to ensure that you contact Australian Emigration so that your visa is attached to your temporary passport and that that you have satisfied all immigration requirements for re-entry.
The Minister for Health has established the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme.
The Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme is open to women who are still living and who underwent a surgical symphysiotomy or pubiotomy in Ireland between the years 1940 and 1990, including women who are living abroad. Once an Applicant satisfies the terms of the Scheme she will receive an award. The application deadline was Friday 5 December 2014. In exceptional circumstances applications may be extended to 14 January 2015.
The Scheme is voluntary and women will not waive their rights to take their cases to court as a precondition to participating in the Scheme. Women may opt out of the Scheme at any stage in the process, up to the time of accepting their award.
Details about the Scheme and application forms are available on the Scheme’s website at http://www.payment-scheme.gov.ie or by phoning the Assessor at 0035316778553, 003531 6778554 or 0035316778555.
Don’t ruin your holiday by being stranded at the airport
An increasing number of people are being stranded at the Perth international Airport because they have less than 6 months validity on their passport. Please note that many countries such as Indonesia will not permit you to visit unless you have 6 months to expire on your passport. Also, many countries will not accept temporary passports so please renew your passport in plenty of time and check that the countries you intend to visit will accept a temporary passport . Sadly, we’ve had recent cases where kids and partners cannot travel to Bali or elsewhere because one member of the family has less than 6 months validity on their passport.
New Pamphlet on Health Care for Irish people in WA
Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal health care agreement. Download the latest pamphlet here
Get your passport quicker!
Bring your photographs to the Honorary Consulate and avail of our free photograph and document witnessing service at the Honorary Consulate in East Perth? If your photos or documents are witnessed by someone else delays can occur as we often have to contact your witnesses to confirm. This can sometimes result in lengthy delays.
Don’t forget to transfer your visa to your new passport
It’s important to remember that when receive your new Irish passport you must also contact the Australian Department of immigration (DOI) and fill out the necessary forms to have your visa transferred. For further information please see Form 929 on the DOI website at www.immi.gov.au