Happy St Patrick’s Day
Marty Kavanagh – Honorary Consul of Ireland, Western Australia
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.
Emigrant Support Programme- Deadline for applications is 25 February 2015
If you are a voluntary organisation with strong involvement with the Irish Community in WA why not consider applying for funding assistance from the Government of Ireland via the Emigrant Support Programme (“ESP”). The call for proposals will open on Wednesday 21 January and the deadline for filing your application is Wednesday 25 February 2015. Together with our colleagues from the Embassy of Ireland and an ESP representative from Dublin we will have an information session at the Irish Club in Subiaco on the night of Thursday 5 February 2015. The precise time is to be confirmed. If the ESP is of interest to you or your organisation please contact us at the Honorary Consulate of Ireland as soon as possible. For further information visit: DFA – Emigrant Support Programme.
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