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Evidence of citizenship and certificates

Replace citizenship evidence after a natural disaster

You might need to replace an Australian citizenship certificate that has been lost, destroyed or damaged due to a natural disaster, like a bushfire, flood or storm.

A list of natural disasters is available from the Australian Government Disaster Assist website.

If your Australian citizenship certificate has been lost, destroyed or damaged as a result of a natural disaster listed on the Disaster Assist website, and you apply for a new certificate within 18 months of the date listed for the event, there is no application fee.

If you apply more than 18 months after the date listed here for the event, you will have to pay the application fee.

Apply for a replacement citizenship certificate using paper Form 119 - Application for evidence of Australian citizenship.

With your application you must provide:

  • a statutory declaration stating that the Australian citizenship evidence has been lost, destroyed or damaged due to the natural disaster
  • if the Australian citizenship evidence is damaged, then you must provide the damaged citizenship evidence.