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.
CELEBRATE ST PATRICK'S DAY
Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy the day (or should we say week). If you know of other community events please let us know and we will do our best to include your event of our website:
LOOK: Watch the greening of Elizabeth Quay, Council House and Gateway on 16 and 17 March.
PARADE: Enjoy the parade in Leederville and the free family day out on 12 March 2017 http://www.stpatricksfestivalwa.com Why not support the parade by attending the fundraising ball on 11 February 2017?
BREAKFAST: Most of the Irish pubs are doing breakfast and much more- so check out the many Irish venues. Good to hear that St Patricks breakfast returns to the Irish club in Subiaco this year. http://www.irishclubofwa.com.au
LUNCH: Enjoy lunch and network with the business community at the Ireland WA Forum lunch on 17 March. http://irelandwaforum.org
MASS: St Patricks Day Mass at St Marys Cathedral at 10am 17 March. http://perthcatholic.org.au/Parish.htm?parish_id=-50499898
EVENSONG: St Patricks Evensong at St George's Cathedral Perth at 5pm 19 March 2017. https://www.perthcathedral.org
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 2016.
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