Welcome to the Honorary Consulate 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.
The Presidential State Visit to Australia, Oct 2017
The President's State Visit to Australia focused on deepening and expanding Ireland’s long-standing bilateral ties with Australia, highlighting aspects of the two countries’ shared history and it is aimed at strengthening economic, tourism, cultural and political links between the two nations.
The President's first stop was Perth where he attended the following:
- Visit Fremantle Prison
- Attend Australasian GAA Championships Games
- Meet Her Excellency, Governor of Western Australia
- Attend a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ Smoking Ceremony
- Meet with The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia
- Address State Parliament of Western Australia
- Receive a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia
- Attend a reception for representatives of the Irish Community
- Attend “A Sense of Ireland” performance
Irish citizens can renew their Passport Book and/or Passport Card, or apply for their first Passport Card online.
The Passport Online Application is available to all Irish citizens who are over 18 years, have held an Irish Passport and have not changed their name from their previous passport.
You will need a digital photo so please check out our online photos page to find out more.
If you have already applied through Passport / Express or your Irish Embassy Consulate you cannot apply online as this will delay both applications.
Emigrant Support Programme 2017
The Embassy of Ireland is pleased to announce that the Emigrant Support Programme 2017 round of grants is open for applications from 11 January – 15 February 2017.
Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr. Joe McHugh T.D. stated “I am constantly impressed by the incredible work being done by organisations around the world to support Irish emigrants and the global Irish community, from grass-roots community and voluntary groups to non-profit organisations operating at a large scale. The Government of Ireland looks forward to continuing to support this work for the 2017-18 funding year.”
Organisations with projects and initiatives that strengthen the international Irish community and its bond with Ireland in the categories of Welfare, Heritage, Capital or Business Networks should consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at www.dfa.ie for details of how to apply for funding.
Applications are particularly welcome for projects which focus on support for new emigrants. In addition in line with The Global Irish: Ireland's Diaspora Policy applications relating to projects supporting new diaspora communities, and in particular the affinity diaspora, are also particularly welcome.
Applications must be made on-line at www.irishabroadgrants.ie. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
In advance of applying, organisations must register for a username and password, which will be automatically generated and immediately emailed back to organisations. This must be done even if organisations have a login and password from previous years.
The closing time and date for applications is 5.30pm (local time) on Wednesday 15 February 2017.
Applicants in WA can contact our The Honorary consulate of WA on 08 6557 5802
United Kingdom Referendum on EU Membership
After the recent UK referendum on EC membership please be assured that:
Irish citizens that have current passport applications pending will be processed as normal.
The entitlements to Irish citizenship including for those born on the island of Ireland and those claiming citizenship through parents or grandparents born in Ireland is unchanged.
Detailed information on passport and citizenship entitlement on our website www.dfa.ie.
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.
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