Feb 08 2018

Changing your Name in Australia

Can you change your name legally in Australia even if not an Australian citizen?

Changing your Name in Australia can be done for most people, even those not Australian Citizens.
A Residence period is needed, and the rules on this varies between states from 1 year to 3 years.
There are also limitations on the number of times a name can be changed.
Some states need you to prove that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Changing your Name in Queensland

You can change your legal name in Queensland once every 12 months, if you are 18 or older. You can apply to change your name if you were:

born or adopted in Queensland
born or adopted overseas and have lived in Queensland for the past 12 months (and currently live in Queensland).

Changing your Name in New South Wales

You are eligible to have your name changed in NSW if:

you are not a restricted person, and
your birth is registered in NSW, or
you were born overseas and have been resident in NSW for three consecutive years immediately prior to your application, or
your birth is not registered in NSW and a protection order has been made to protect you and/or your children from domestic violence.


Changing your Name in Victoria

You are eligible to have your name changed in Victoria if:

You are over 18 years of age
Born in Victoria or,
Born overseas and living in Victoria for at least the last 12 months.
You can only change your name once in a 12 month period and 3 times in your lifetime.

Changing your Name in Western Australia

Eligibility to Change your name in Western Australia

You must be 18 years of age or older
You were born and/or your birth is registered in Western Australia (WA) or
If you were born overseas, you must be a permanent resident or an Australian citizen and ordinarily residing in Western Australia for 12 months immediately preceding your application.
You can only change your name once in any 12 month period unless there are exceptional circumstances such as personal safety issues.

Changing your Name in South Australia

You can register a change of name in South Australia if:

you were born in South Australia
you were born overseas, but you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, and have lived here more than twelve months.
CBS can accept one name change registration every 12 months, and you can only change your name three times in your lifetime.

Changing your Name in Tasmania

An adult can register a change of their name in Tasmania if:

they are a resident of Tasmania (evidence of at least 12 months residence must be provided to establish this); or
their birth is registered in Tasmania.

Changing your Name in the Australian Capital Territory

To change your name in the ACT you must either have had your birth registered in the ACT or be a permanent resident of the ACT.

Changing your Name in the Northern Territory

To change your name in the Northern Territory

You will need to be over 18 years old and either:
a resident of the Northern Territory (NT) for more than 12 consecutive months
or born in the NT.

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