Identification photograph requirements for high risk work licences

Application for a new or renewal high risk work licence must be submitted with a ‘passport quality’ identification photograph which meets the required standards.

There are many photograph service providers who can help you to take an appropriate photograph and will provide you with a digital copy that can be used.

Do an online search for ‘passport photos’ to find the best provider for your needs. Additional information on what is considered an acceptable image can be found on the Australian Passport Office website.

Your photograph must:

  • be a JPG, JPEG, GIF, or PNG file type and no larger than 5MB.
  • be in colour 
  • be no more than 6 months old 
  • be large enough to show your head and top of your shoulders close up
  • show natural skin tones and colours - no flash reflection
  • show you with natural expression and mouth closed (i.e. not smiling) 
  • have a plain, light-coloured background (e.g. white, cream or pale blue) 
  • show you facing and looking directly at the camera 
  • not show you looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or with head tilted 
  • show you without hat or head covering unless worn for religious reasons. 
  • show your eyes open and clearly visible, and only with glasses if you regularly wear them. 
  • not be affected by red eye

If your photograph does not meet these requirements it will be rejected and you will be required to submit a new renewal application.

Further information on photograph requirements is available from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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