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Other common queries

When are the public holidays in Australia?

Public holidays in Australia are designated on a state and territory basis with the exception of national public holidays such as Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

The Public Holidays page on this site links to the various state and territory sites which have information about public holidays.

I have received an email about a lottery prize in an Australian lottery. What should I do?

A number of organisations are promoting what purport to be 'Australian lotteries' to people overseas. Some of these organisations claim that the lotteries are guaranteed by the Australian Government. This is false. The Australian Government does not operate any guarantee in relation to lottery prizes.

If you receive material from organisations promoting Australian lotteries you are advised to treat this material with caution. Some of these organisations do not have official accreditation and the material supplied by them may be misleading. As the activities of some of these organisations are occurring offshore, they are outside the jurisdiction of the Australian Trade Practices Commission.

For more information on scams in Australia, please visit the following government web sites:

Can I use my existing licence to drive in Australia?

Laws and driving regulations differ from state to state for overseas drivers. The relevant road authorities in each state and territory provide information about driving with an overseas licence while visiting Australia.

How do I obtain a police (criminal history) records check?

Police checks are becoming a standard requirement for people seeking employment in Australia and overseas, overseas visa applications and other purposes.

The Australian Federal Police and state and territory police provide police record checks.

Can you send me information about Australia? does not send out tourist information or Australia packs but you can find out more about Australia on our site. For tourist information we suggest you also visit, Australia's official tourism website.

Can I get my documents certified for an overseas government?

Overseas governments sometimes need proof that Australian documents are genuine before they will accept them. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can certify that a signature, stamp or seal on a document is genuine and stamp the document with an Legalising Documents - authentication or apostille.

I am looking for a missing relative (or friend) in Australia does not provide information on people currently residing in Australia. If you are seeking to contact a friend or relative, the National Library of Australia provides a list of sources for locating a missing friend or relative that may be of assistance.

The Australian Federal Police also provide a list of search agencies that may be able to help you locate relatives or friends you have lost contact with over time.

What is the Hutt River Province?

In 1970 A Western Australian farmer re-named his property Hutt River Province' in a unilateral declaration of independence. The Australian Government does not legally or otherwise recognise the so-called Hutt River Province'.

For more information, please visit the following government websites:

Wills and Powers of Attorney

Having a Will allows you to decide what will happen to your assets when you die and Powers of Attorney allow you to give someone else the legal authority to look after your affairs on your behalf. 

State and territory public trustees, public advocates and guardians can provide more specific information about Wills and Powers of Attorney.