Family name is also known as last name or surname.

In nước Australia, the family name is the name that is shared with the rest of the family, whereas the given names are the names that are unique to lớn an individual within the family.

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General format rules

If you have only one name, enter that name into the family name field.

If you consider that you bởi not have sầu a family name, enter all your given names inlớn the family name field & leave sầu the given names field blank.

Apostrophes can be used in names, but must not be the first character. There must not be a space on either side of the apostrophe. Example: O"Toole can be entered as is but "Alofa should be entered as Alofa.

Hyphens can be used in names. There must not be a space on either side of the hyphen. Example: Hamilton-Smith

The family name field & the given names field both have a maximum of 100 characters, including spaces, apostrophes and hyphens.

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If the name you are entering in the family name field and/or given names field is longer than this maximum, then enter as much of it as you can. If you are entering more than one name in the given names field, then only enter as many as will fit completely. Do not enter partial names.

General examples

JOHà Nội SMITH Family name: SMITH Given names: JOHN

JOHN PETER SMITH Family name: SMITH Given names: JOThành Phố Hà Nội PETER

Specific format rules và examples

For specific format rules and examples related to different nationalities, use the following links:

chú ý for visa applications

Entering names incorrectly may result in denial of permission lớn board an aircraft to nước Australia, or result in delays in border processing on arrival to Australia, even if the applicant has been granted a visa.

lưu ý for citizenship applications

Names must be entered correctly to ensure that the department can identify the applicant và to lớn prevent any delays in processing this application.

Applicants must enter details of their name(s) exactly as they appear in their identity documents.

The applicant"s name will be printed on their certificate in the following format:

The applicant"s title will not be included on their evidence of citizenship, for example:Dr James Jones will be printed as JAMES JONESThe applicant"s entire name will be printed in upper case, for example:John Smith will be printed as JOHN SMITHCharacters will not be printed with any diacritics, for example:Á will be printed as AÇ will be printed as CÈ will be printed as EA"Lofá will be printed as ALOFAGenerational titles will not be printed, for example:John Smith IV will be printed as JOHN SMITH