Australian High Commission
Cook Islands

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.


Australian High Commission in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Kia Orana and welcome to the official website of the Australian High Commission in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Our High Commissioner is Dr Christopher Watkins. He delivered his letter of introduction to Prime Minister Henry Puna on 17 March 2020, and became Australia's first resident High Commissioner to Cook Islands.  Australia has had diplomatic relations with Cook Islands since 1994. 

We invite you to access the resources and information contained on this website or contact us at [email protected] 


Travel advice

Need information on visiting Rarotonga? Read the following:


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In a crisis, Smartraveller will activate a crisis page on its website. It will make it easier for you or someone you know to contact the Australian Government if you need help. It will supplement the consular emergency hotline.

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If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.



Has your passport been lost or stolen in Cook Islands?

  • Report the loss or theft online
  • Call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 from within Australia.
  • Seek more information on the Australian Passports Office website.
  • In an emergency the Australian High Commission in Rarotonga may be able to assist in providing a Provisional Travel Document.

Applying for a passport?

  • The Australian High Commission in Rarotonga does not issue or renew passports. Passports can be renewed at our consulate in Auckland. From time to time, we organise a passports team to visit Rarotonga, if you would like to register for a passport interview during that visit, please get in touch at [email protected] 
  • For general information on applying for a passport or renewing your current or expired passport, visit
  • Passport fees for 2020 are listed here.


Notarial Services

The Australian High Commission in Rarotonga does not provide notarial services. 

Australian Passport Offices in Sydney or Melbourne can legalise (Apostille/Authenticate) some Australian documents and can issue Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI). Information on how to request these services via mail can be found in the ‘Documents in Australia’ section on the Smartraveller website From time to time, visiting staff may be able to assist with notarial acts, if you would like more information please get in touch at [email protected] 


Living in Australia


Job vacancies

The High Commission welcomes expressions of interest from enthusiastic and suitably qualified Cook Islands residents who have an interest in future employment opportunities with the Australian High Commission. 

Current vacancies are listed here:

Expressions of interest will be added to a temporary employment register which we can draw on for short term appointments as required.


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