Migrant selection documents

Migrant selection documents were completed by or for migrants applying to migrate to Australia under one of the many schemes implemented after World War II, including those for the resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.

The Australian Government’s role in sponsoring or assisting migrants before World War II was limited to providing funding to state-run schemes. Following World War II, Australia promoted immigration, motivated by a need to increase the population and thereby, improve the security of the nation. The National Archives holds migrant selection documents dating from 1945.

Migrant selection documents vary in the amount of detail they provide. Generally they contain a range of personal details such as name, address, place and date of birth, gender, marital status and nationality. Other details may include physical description, occupation, education, proposed employment and names of other family members, health checks and sometimes photos.

Fact sheets

Reference guides


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