Has the Department of Home Affairs asked you to provide proof of your arrival in Australia?

The National Archives may be able to help.

Did you arrive in Australia before 1 January 1973?

If you arrived in Australia before 1 January 1973, you might find your arrival record by searching the passenger arrivals index in our RecordSearch database.

The passenger arrivals index has more than 10 million records, including:

  • arrival by air at all airports from 1965 to 1972
  • arrival by air at Perth airport from 1944 to 1966
  • arrival by ship at all ports from 1965 to 1972
  • arrival by ship at Fremantle or other Western Australian ports from 1898 to 1966.

The passenger arrival records page has tips on searching the index.

If you can’t find your arrival record, please fill out the proof of arrival inquiry form and we will search the collection for you.

Did you arrive in Australia between 1 January 1973 and 31 December 1989?

The National Archives may have your arrival record. However, arrival records from 1973 to 1989 are not included in the passenger arrivals index.

Please fill out the proof of arrival inquiry form and we will search the collection for you.

Did you arrive in Australia after 31 December 1989?

The National Archives does not hold any records for passenger arrivals after 1989.

If you arrived in Australia after 1989, you need to request your arrival details from the Department of Home Affairs by submitting a request for international movement records.

Need help finding your arrival records?

If you need help finding your proof of arrival, please contact us by filling out the proof of arrival inquiry form.