Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Warsaw
Federal Election 2019
The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.
To enrol, check or update your enrolment details visit www.aec.gov.au. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).
Early voting at the Australian Embassy in Warsaw will begin on Wednesday 8 May 2019. You can vote during this time:
Wednesday, 8 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Thursday, 9 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Friday, 10 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Monday, 13 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Tuesday, 14 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Wednesday, 15 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Thursday, 16 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Friday, 17 May 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:30
Alternatively, you can apply for a postal vote online now at www.aec.gov.au.
If you are overseas and unable to vote, complete an overseas notification form and return it to the AEC. Being overseas is a valid reason for not voting.
Information in other languages can be found at www.aec.gov.au/translated.
Work and Holiday visa program:
Mandatory online lodgement of visa applications - 5 November 2018 update
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Home Affairs is moving to mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday visa applications on 17 November 2018. This will make it faster and easier for you to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application for Australia.
The change means that from 17 November 2018 all nationals of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, and Slovenia, as well as Spain and the Slovak Republic, must lodge their Work and Holiday application online. This can be done through the Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au using ImmiAccount.
Paper applications will no longer be accepted from 17 November 2018. This change only relates to the method of lodging the visa application, so all visa requirements and eligibility criteria remain unchanged.
Please note that this change does not affect the number of places available in the 2018-19 Work and Holiday program. Therefore, due to the high number of applications already received, applicants from Spain and Israel will not be able to lodge applications until further notice.
It is important to note that the requirement of Functional English also remains unchanged. For a list of acceptable evidence to demonstrate that you have at least functional English, please refer to the Department’s website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1, then go to the tab “visa applicants” and refer to the information listed in the drop-down text for “Functional English”. Please ensure that you include this evidence when you lodge your application.
For further information, please see https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1.
New Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic commencing 1 March 2018
The new Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic comes into effect on 1 March 2018. Young adults from the Czech Republic can apply for a subclass 462 visa from the date of commencement.
Information for Czech citizens on how to lodge and prepare an application is available at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-. Further important information and announcements about the program are available at http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html
Intercountry Adoption Programme between Australia and Poland
An intercountry adoption programme opened between Poland and Australia on 9 November 2015. More information on this agreement can be found at https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/IntercountryAdoption/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.intercountryadoption.gov.au/
Australian Embassy Ukraine
The Australian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, is now open. Please note that the Embassy does not provide a full range of services and enquiries should be made by telephone or email in the first instance. Please click here for the Embassy's contact details and website.