Last year the Australian government introduced, as part of the Covid 19 response strategy, a requirement for Australian citizens and permanent residency holders to seek and obtain consent to leave the country.

I wrote an article on that topic in August 2020 (Wanting to leave Australia? When and Why You Can! (eakin.com.au) and https://www.gregdross.com.au/blog/wanting-to-leave-australia-despite-covid-19-when-and-why-you-can/ ) which obviously struck a chord with many. I have lost track of how many people I have been contacted by for help in connection with making an application and or dealing with a rejected application.

This suggests to me it is time to remember:-

  1. the website and instructions must be read and followed carefully
  2. simple family reunions and the like are unlikely to be accepted;
  3. if and when the purpose of the departure is to care for someone overseas, the provision of relevant medical evidence (together with proper English translations, if necessary) is important;
  4. where the site talks in terms of a Statutory Declaration in the form of the Commonwealth, DO NOT use a statutory declaration format from one of the states;
  5. if the purpose of a departure is to work overseas include a copy of the relevant work offer (together with the proper translation, if necessary) and anything else related to it, such as accommodation arrangements for working overseas;
  6. detail your Covid vaccination status both as to type and dates of vaccination;
  7. Detail your itinerary, particularly for stays over three months.

It is necessarily prudent to obtain approval in advance rather than be denied at an airport as, I understand, as happened to some people.

Needless to say, if I can be of help, feel free to contact me.

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