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Proof of Identity

WorkReady eligibility criteria requires photographic evidence to prove who you are and confirm your residential address, before you can enrol to study at TAFE SA.

Training Providers are required to collect and keep records of evidence of eligibility including evidence to verify student existence, to ensure that only persons who have a valid “identity” and who “exist” are accessing WorkReady funding entitlements.

The test of identity includes evidence of:

  • existence;
  • use of identity;
  • residential address.

Photographic identification of a person’s existence is required to be collected and recorded by a Training Provider at each time of enrolment, and must be copied and retained by the Training Provider together with the Enrolment Agreement.

The following are acceptable sources of evidence:

  • Current driver’s licence or learner’s permit
  • Current proof of age card (issued by Services SA)
  • Current Australian Passport in conjunction with evidence of residential address
  • Current School Student Card issued by the school where the student is currently enrolled (in conjunction with evidence of residential address if address in not identified on School Card)



In addition to the forms of evidence identified above, the following forms of evidence can also be used as proof of identity.

1.     Evidence of existence

  • South Australian or Federal Police officer photo identity card
  • Australian full birth certificate showing parental details (a commemorative certificate, certified copy or extract is not acceptable)
  • overseas birth certificate showing parental details provided a passport or an official Australian travel document is also shown
  • current Australian passport or one that has expired within the last two years
  • current overseas passport (with or without visa) or an overseas passport that has expired within the last two years (provided it is accompanied by a current Australian visa). Electronic visas are not acceptable as evidence of identity.
  • Australian naturalisation or citizenship document or immigration papers issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). A person under the age of 18 who is naturalised along with their parents may not necessarily be issued with an individual citizenship document - they may instead appear on the parents' citizenship papers
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) travel document (valid up to five years after issue). A person under the age of 18 who immigrates to Australia with his/her parent(s) will generally be included on the immigration paperwork of their parent(s)
  • Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Visa Evidence Card (PLO56)(must be current or accompanied by supporting documentation from DIAC)
  • A current Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) ImmiCard (either Evidence of Immigration Status (EIS) or Permanent Resident Evidence (PRE))
  • community detention - letter of introduction, issued by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) or the Australian Passport Office
  • Extract from Register of Citizenship by Descent (issued by an Australian embassy where the parent(s) are Australian-born)

2.     Evidence of residential address

The student will need to supply one of the following documents if their residential address was not included on the evidence of existence listed above:

  • current South Australian vehicle registration certificate
  • South Australian driver's licence or vehicle registration renewal for the coming period
  • contract of sale, lease arrangement or rental receipt for your place of residence up to two years old
  • last or current financial year Australian Taxation Office tax assessment (please black out the Tax File Number (TFN))
  • a letter signed by the principal/deputy principal/head of school or a person with authority to sign for the principal/deputy principal/head of school of a recognised educational institution, on the institution's letterhead, which verifies your address (up to one year old)
  • statement or letter from a bank, building society or credit union (up to one year old) which verifies your residential address.

Note: ‘Screen dumps’ from financial institutions are not acceptable, with or without financial institution branch stamps.

3.      Evidence of change of name

The following documents must be presented to record a change of name:

  • full evidence of identity in the current or former name (or an Australian driver's licence or a South Australian proof of age card issued after 9 October 2006).

AND one of the following:

  • birth certificate with an endorsement from an Australian registrar of births, deaths and marriages (BDM)
  • marriage certificate issued by an Australian BDM (commemorative certificates issued by a religious leader or celebrant are not acceptable)
  • change of name certificate issued by an Australian BDM
  • deed poll certificate (previously issued by Lands Title Registration Office).

For further information please visit: WorkReady