| IMPORTANT UPDATE |
Due to high demand, we have now run out of Aboriginal passport books. Because of this, we have temporarily removed the application form from our website. The APG is currently working to develop a revamped Aboriginal passport, which will likely be available in early 2016. Further updates on this will be posted on this page. Thank you for your patience!
Apply for an Aboriginal Passport
A passport is an international travel document. Passport use and acceptance is governed by both law and politics. Countries may choose to recognise and accept, as a valid document of identity, the passport of a person wishing to enter the country, but may reject others.
Australia refuses to recognise the Aboriginal passport. Aborigines can re-enter their country through Australian customs using the Aboriginal Provisional Government (APG) issued travel document, but not without some form of harassment from officials. The Australian passport or some other form of identification is required for smooth re-entry.
While it is possible to travel overseas with the Aboriginal passport, another passport should still be carried with you for backup. The Aboriginal passport has been used to enter several countries including Libya (1988), Switzerland (1990), Norway (1990), Mohawk nation (2014), and the Solomon Islands (2015).
It is used domestically for identification purposes with a variety of organizations including airlines and banks. There is no guarantee however that any such organizations will accept the Aboriginal passport, and you should have backup identification in these situations also. If any organization refuses to accept the Aboriginal passport as a form of identification, contact your local Aboriginal legal service for assistance, and let the APG know (send an email detailing your situation to email@example.com).
The Aboriginal passport is a document issued by the APG as part of its policy of acting sovereignty. The act of presenting an Aboriginal passport on arriving in other countries and when re-entering Australia shows you are committed to the principle that the Aboriginal nation is separate from the Australian nation. Aboriginal people have inherent independent rights, including having a separate passport.
Any Aboriginal person, who provides all of the necessary documentation and details, is invited to apply for the Aboriginal passport. Application forms can be printed from the file below.
Michael Mansell (Pakana)
Aboriginal Provisional Government