The ATO is where you can find the most acceptable proof of residency overseas.

The document is called a Certificate of Residency and can be obtained by going to sending a letter or a fax or finding a tax agent.

The letter should be sent to:

Australian Taxation Office
PO Box 3006

The letter will need to contain the following information

  • full name of the Australian resident
  • residential address of the Australian resident and postal address if different
  • date of birth (individuals only)
  • tax file number (TFN) or Australian business number (ABN) (or both)
  • country the certificate is for
  • a statement whether the Australian resident is only a tax resident of Australia or whether the Australian resident is also dual resident under the relevant tax treaty
  • period the certificate is required for – the certificate period can’t be greater than a year from the date of issue
  • number of certificates required
  • signature and date.

Please note your taxes must be up to date to release the Certificate of Residency