One of the roles of NATIONAL ARCHIVES is to store legal documentation which includes travel documentation: 

National Archives usually store information that is anywhere from 25yrs or older. Always check with the Immigration department first as they may still have your travel records on their system. You can either phone to ask them over the phone or they may require you to complete a 1359 form to request your travel details. There is currently no cost for this information.

General inquiries

Canberra Hours of opening

Queen Victoria Terrace 
PARKES ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6212 3600 
Fax: (02) 6212 3699

GPO Box 7425 
CANBERRA BUSINESS CENTRE ACT 2610

Parking/Public transport

9am to 5pm weekdays

Open until 7pm each Tuesday

Records are delivered each weekday at 9.45am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

Most records ordered prior to 2pm will be delivered the same day. Records ordered after 2pm will not be available until the following day.

Reading room closed Saturdays as of Friday 1 November 2013.

Free Wi-Fi access is available to readers who bring a device capable of connecting to a wireless network (eg laptop).

Sydney Hours of opening

120 Miller Road 
CHESTER HILL NSW 2162

Tel: (02) 9782 4900 
Fax: (02) 9782 4999 

Locked Bag 4 
CHESTER HILL NSW 2162

9am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

No new issue of records after 3.30pm.

Reading room closed Saturdays as of Friday 1 November 2013.

Melbourne Hours of opening

Victorian Archives Centre 
99 Shiel Street 
NORTH MELBOURNE VIC 3051

Tel: (03) 9348 5600 
Fax: (03) 9348 5628

PO Box 8005 
BURWOOD HEIGHTS VIC 3151

10am to 4.30pm Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays

Reading room closed Saturdays as of Friday 1 November 2013.

Please allow up to 48 hours for retrieval of records. You can submit an advance request to view records.

The VAC reading room is operated jointly by the National Archives and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV). Free Wi-Fi access is available to researchers.

Brisbane Hours of opening

16 Corporate Drive 
CANNON HILL QLD 4170

Tel: (07) 3249 4200  
Fax: (07) 3249 4299

PO Box 552 
CANNON HILL QLD 4170

9am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Reading room closed Saturdays as of Friday 1 November 2013.

Perth Hours of opening

384 Berwick Street 
EAST VICTORIA PARK WA 6101

Tel: (08) 9470 7500 
Fax: (08) 9470 7555

PO Box 1144 
EAST VICTORIA PARK WA 6981

9am to 4.30pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Adelaide Hours of opening

South Australian Archives Centre
26–28 Leigh Street 
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Tel: (08) 8204 8787 
Fax: (08) 8204 8793

GPO Box 9868 
ADELAIDE SA 5001

9.30am to 3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday

You must pre-order records for viewing in the reading room. Records will be retrieved within 48 hours. Please submit an advance request to view records.

The reading room at the South Australian Archives Centre is shared between the National Archives and State Records of South Australia.

Hobart Hours of opening

91 Murray Street 
HOBART TAS 7000

Tel: (03) 6165 5607  
Fax: (03) 6233 7902

GPO Box 309 
HOBART TAS 7001

9.30am to 5pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

The reading room is shared between the National Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from one location. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

Darwin Hours of opening

Kelsey Crescent 
MILLNER NT 0810

Tel: (08) 8985 0300 
Fax: (08) 8985 0399

PO Box 24 
NIGHTCLIFF NT 0814

9am to 4.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

To apply for any visas or seek any advice about residency or citizenship: Always check with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) first either on their website www.immi.gov.au or Telephone: 131 881 to inquire about citizenship which is free, or you may wish to consult with a Migration Agent which may incur a fee.

Please note: Information collated and shared has come from our own research of government website sources or other related links in an attempt to help New Zealand families and individuals understand and follow the necessary processes needed to meet any possible residency requirements.

Iwi n Aus are made up of volunteers who are committed to helping our people but we are not trained specialists, nor are we able to provide any legal migration advice. We can however do our best to help point you in the direction. We endeavour to continually improve the quality of information provided to ensure all processes are made clear and as stress free as possible. We also encourage any feedback that may help us to improve the way in which we provide help and support.

Our contact details: iwinaus@gmail.com Ph 0404 417 994 (Erina Anderson)

SHARED TESTIMONIES ON FACEBOOK OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES:

Facebook Post - 6th January, 2013

YOU WANT TO APPLY FOR RRV BUT NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR OLD PASSPORT OR CAME WHEN THEY WEREN'T USED PRE 1981? OR YOU'RE WORRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE JUST A BABY OR CHILD THEN?

Thank you to Jacqui for sharing her experience and how they were able to get a hold of their records.

Hi All, 
I’m Jacqui Davis aka Richmond Jacqui for FB purposes.
I and my husband recently went through the National Archives Australia for our Travel Documents as I was an immigrant child of the 60s when I came into Australia on my parents passports from the UK. My Husband whom is a Kiwi also came into Australia in the early 80s for a short period in his life and we needed these travel documents for the purposes of applying for our RRV - Return Residency Visa. What seemed to me like a daunting task didn’t turn out to be so bad after all and never cost more than a couple of dollars in postal stamps and a couple of phone calls along the way. Hopefully this will help others who may feel this task is a bit daunting. Trust me it’s the best thing we ever did as a couple as we learnt so much along the way and has led to a great outcome for both my Hubby and I gaining our RRV.

So here is how we started off.  We set about contacting the National Archives Australia through their website. www.naa.gov.au  However I wasn’t able to find mine or my family’s name on any listed records from their online website. But during this process I was informed that most Immigration Records apparently haven't been listed due to still being on microfiche and until there is an interest in your Immigration or Travel records by yourself or a family member it is not always documented on the National Archives Australia website.

For Me I had to send off a letter to National Archives Australia with as much information as possible from date of birth, all my family travel dates years /places left and entered each family member name/s where my parents worked, occupation, location of work and where we resided as a family eg: such and such Perth /Melbourne and I had to send off for another separate travel document for NZ also as my family moved to NZ in the latter part of the 60s. It took up to 10-12 working days before I received a copy of my immigration travel documents on each occasion.

When asking for your travel documents ask that they notarize it though they normally do this for you anyway for immigration purposes but doesn’t hurt to remind them it is an urgent document needed for your immigration appointment. If you don't hear from National Archives Australia within the 10-12 working day period phone them as we did this as I worried I wouldn't get my documents in time before my appointment with Immigration for RRV. When we phoned National Archives Australia in Melbourne where all Immigration /Travel Records are held, we got a gentleman called Andrew who was really very very helpful in getting both my husbands and my Travel Records sorted and I personally can’t thank him enough he was awesome.
  
I hope this gives you hope and helps anyone who doesn’t know where to start in looking for their Travel or Family Travel Documents.  Just remember the more information you can offer up no matter how trivial or insignificant the quicker your documents will get back to you

Cheers Jacqui Davis
(aka Richmond Jacqui )
Address for Melbourne National Archives of Australia should anyone need it http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/organisation/locations/melbourne.aspx

Facebook post - 7th November, 2013

Anne Roughton

If you are struggling to find your passenger arrival details, especially prior 1981 when passports were not issued, I went online to Australian Archives and received certified copy of my entry into Oz by email within 1 week and hard copy in the mail 2 days late - wonderful man wished me good luck! quickest way to Passenger Arrival Records Inquiry Form http://reftracker.naa.gov.au/ then arrow down the bottom and click "Ask new question". I have my appointment in December. Good Luck!

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