Foreign work authorisation request form

This form supports the request of a foreign work authorisation (FWA), and is approved by the Secretary of the Department of Defence under s 115C(3)(b) and s 115H (2) (b) of the Defence Act 1903.

Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.

The request form must be completed in one attempt. Please ensure the following information is to hand before commencing:

  • Current or most recent Australian passport.
  • Previous Defence employee ID numbers.
  • If providing work, details of any previous work performed outside of Defence that is relevant to the request, including:
    • employer or organisation
    • title
    • date range worked
    • description of duties.
  • Details of the work or training role, including:
    • countries where it will be undertaken
    • description of duties
    • name, identification number and location of the organisation or government beneficiary
    • role description
    • start date and duration.

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

Request details
For complex and sensitive matters use the support request form and do not continue using this standard FWA request form.
Detail the variations to specific authorisation conditions that are required.

Preliminary details

Self assessment
Review the job family legislative instrument and identify which roles apply, for every former role you held.
Reference the country list legislative instrument for more information. Note, details of the country beneficiaries specific to this authorisation will be requested later in the form.

Information message

Based on your responses, you may not need a Foreign Work Authorisation. If you are unsure, or would like official confirmation, continue to complete and submit the application form and Defence will provide a formal decision.
Your details
Place of birth

Contact details
Current residential address
Different postal address
Include country and area code.
Include country and area code.
New request

Employment details
Select all that are relevant.
Select all that are relevant.
Create an entry for each current and previous Defence employee ID number. For multiple numbers use the (+) symbol to create a new row.
ID number entry
Australian security clearance level
Select the highest level Australian security clearance you have ever held, for any organisation
Create an entry for each role/training performed outside of Defence, which is relevant to this request. This includes delivering training. For multiple roles use the (+) symbol to create a new row.

Information message

No entries added.

Foreign work or training role details
Provide start date, or an estimated start date if not confirmed. 
Provide end date, noting the maximum duration for a Foreign Work Authorisation is 3 years.
Describe the role and duties that will be performed.
Upload role description or duty statement if available (.pdf, max 1MB).
Create an entry for each location for which authorisation is requested. For multiple locations use the (+) symbol to create a new row.
Work or training entry
Goods, software or technology
Select all the goods, software and technology categories to which the training delivered best relates. Reference the Defence and Strategic Goods List 2021.

Foreign work organisation or body details
Identify the full name of the foreign military organisation, government body, company or association, for whom work will be performed or training provided.
Identify unique business identifier type, e.g. Australian Company Number, and provide the ID number.
Organisation or body address


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