The University is bound by the requirements under the Commonwealth's National Identity Proofing Guidelines in relation to identity verification for nationally coordinated criminal history check (Australian police check) applications. This requires applicants to provide evidence of identity in three categories, which for non-citizens of Australia might require the presentation of an overseas passport and/or visa.

Persons outside Australia

An Australian visa is only valid for identification purposes when the visa holder is in Australia. For this reason, students are not able to verify their visa in Sonia (using the Document Verification Service) while outside Australia.

To verify your identity while outside Australia, select a different document type for verification or contact us for advice.

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New Zealand residents

Most New Zealand citizens who enter Australia are automatically granted a Special Category Visa (SCV) (subclass 444) but do not typically receive evidence of this, so may find themselves unable to satisfy the identity requirements for an Australian police check application.

Visa Entitlement Verification Online

The Commonwealth's Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service enables individuals to access visa details, which can then be provided to satisfy identity requirements.

Access VEVO

Before using the system, New Zealand citizens need to contact the Department of Home Affairs to obtain a password.

New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia prior to 1990 and who have not travelled since may not be able to verify visa details using VEVO. Persons in this situation will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs for assistance.

New Zealand passports

New Zealand residents must ensure that their passport remains current while they are in Australia.

If a new passport is issued, you must notify the Department of Home Affairs of your new passport details to ensure your visa record remains up-to-date.

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