1. Acceptable PRIMARY photographic ID Documents (any ONE of the following):
- Australian State/Territory driver’s licence containing a photograph of the person;
- Australian passport (a passport that has expired within the preceding 2 years is acceptable);
- Current Australian government issued proof of age card, including a NSW or WA photo card; or
- Foreign passport or similar travel document containing a photograph and the signature of the person*.
2. Acceptable SECONDARY ID Documents (any ONE of the following):
- Australian birth certificate;
- Australian citizenship certificate; or
- Pension card issued by Department of Human Services (previously known as Centrelink).
AND ONE document from this section
- A document issued by the Commonwealth or a State or Territory within the preceding 12 months that records the provision of financial benefits to the individual and which contains the individual’s name and residential address;
- A document issued by the Australian Taxation Office within the preceding 12 months that records a debt payable by the individual to the Commonwealth (or by the Commonwealth to the individual), which contains the individual’s name and residential address;
- A document issued by a local government body or utilities provider within the preceding 3 months which records the provision of services to that address or to that person (the document must contain the individual’s name and residential address);
- For individuals under 18, a notice issued by a School Principal, dated within last 3 months, with the students name, residential address and the period of time the student attended the school.
3. Acceptable FOREIGN photographic ID Documents (should only be received if the individual does not have PRIMARY photographic ID) (any ONE of the following):
- Foreign driver's licence that contains a photograph of the person in whose name it issued and the individual’s date of birth*; or
- National identity card issued by a foreign government containing a photograph and a signature of the person in whose name the card was issued*.
If the individual is a Sole Trader then the ASIC Company search** is conducted.
* Documents must be in English. If not, then the document must be translated by an accredited National Accredited Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or equivalent.
** The full business name, business address (not a PO Box) and Australian Business Number (ABN) (if any) is required in order for an ASIC Company Search to be completed.
Who can certify documents?
Below is a list of some of the more commonly used certifiers.
To be correctly certified the required documents must be clearly noted as “…..a true copy of the original document” and signed by a certified person.
Faxed copies and photocopies of previously certified documents will not be accepted.
If you have any questions in relation to the above information please do not hesitate to contact us at ClearView Wealth on 132 977.
Categories of prescribed people authorised to certify documents as being true and correct copies
1. Eligible Local, State or Commonwealth Government representative.
- Teacher employed on a full time basis at a school or tertiary education institute
- Justice of the Peace
- Police officer
- Australian diplomatic officer
2. An Australian member of Institute of Chartered Accounts, CPA or National Institute of Accountants.
- An Accountant
3. A person who is currently licensed or registered under Australian State or Territory law to practise one of the listed occupations.
- Legal practitioner
- Medical practitioner
- Veterinary surgeon
4. An officer, or authorised representative of, a holder of an Australian financial services licence, with 2 or more continuous years of employment with one or more licences.
- Bank employee
- Building society/credit union employee
- Financial planner
- Fund manager
5. A person enrolled on the court roll of a state or territory or the High Court of Australia.
- Court judge
6. An agent of Australia Post, with 2 or more years continuous service, who can supply postal services to the public.
- Permanent Australia Post employee or agent