The Australian Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
Federal Election - 21 May 2022 - Postal Voting
The next federal election will be held on 21 May 2022. If you are still in Australia, you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.
The AEC recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.
Australians in South Africa are encouraged to vote via postal vote. The postal vote can be posted to the AEC directly. Alternatively the postal vote can be delivered or dropped off to the High Commission in Pretoria during business hours. To send in your postal vote, please send via courier delivery (eg DHL, Postnet, Fedex) or drop off to: Australian High Commission, 292 Orient street, Arcadia, Pretoria.
Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.
Please note there will be no in-person voting at the Australian High Commission and postal votes can only be requested via the AEC website.
HE Ms Gita Kamath – Australian High Commissioner
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Australian High Commission is accredited to seven countries in Southern Africa – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and eSwatini – as well as the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
South Africa is Australia’s largest export market on the continent, our partner in important forums such as the G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association, as well as our co-host of the ground-breaking Square Kilometre Array telescope.
Australia is proud of its strong historical opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa and our bilateral relationship has flourished in the democratic era, today spanning trade, investment, education, the arts, science and tourism – not to mention our friendly rivalry on the sporting field.
Australia’s links with the broader region are also substantial and growing, particularly through increasing commercial ties, as well as through programs such as our long-standing Australia Awards scholarships.
We share an interest in a peaceful and prosperous region and are committed to working with the countries of Southern Africa as a friend and partner.
I strongly urge Australian citizens and permanent residents in Southern Africa to subscribe to travel advice updates through www.smartraveller.gov.au. You can subscribe to one or more countries or to our news updates.
The South African Government implemented new immigration regulations effective 1 June 2015.
Click here for more information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Visa enquiries
Please use the appropriate contact channel depending on whether or not you have already applied for your visa, listed under: Visas and Migration. The High Commission is unable to provide responses to visa enquiries via social media.
Please do not provide your personal information via social media channels.
Please allow sufficient time in advance of travel to lodge your visa application.
Please note information about visa processing times can be found at this link: Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times