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Welcome to the FAQ page of the Swiss Alliance Australia.

Here, you’ll find answers and guidance on key topics for Swiss nationals in Australia, such as questions around the old age pension, identity documents, banking services and military service. Our goal is to help you navigate these topics and connect you with the right resources.

Frequent Asked Questions

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The Swiss Departement of Foreign Affairs and also the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad have helpful information on questions such as the following:

  • maintaining insurance cover in Switzerland by paying into the voluntary OASI/IV scheme

  • how to receive the pension

  • how to claim a deduction from the ATO for contributions paid


Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney

Organisation of the Swiss Abroad

A short guide for pension recipients in Australia has also been prepared by our CSA delegates here.  

Everything that relates to identity documents is the responsibility of the Swiss representation where the Swiss citizen is registered.


Detailed information on ID cards and passports for Swiss citizens abroad is available on the website Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney, including: 

Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney



Via the websites of the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad, you will find more information on:



Consulate General of Switzerland, Sydney

Organisation of the Swiss Abroad


A few banks offer Swiss Abroad the opportunity to keep respectively open a bank account. The fees and conditions vary greatly, and some require minimal deposits. A list is available on the website of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad here

Amongst them ZKB and BCGE don’t ask for a minimum deposit for a private account and have officially partnered with OSA to serve Swiss abroad. 

An appointment in person at one of the branches in Geneva, Zürich or Basel will be required to open an account. Terms and conditions apply.  



Study in Switzerland
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Educationsuisse is a partner of the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad. They advise and supports both young Swiss Abroad and students from Swiss schools abroad, who wish to pursue or complete their education or training in Switzerland.


Educationsuisse, Alpenstrasse 26, 3006 Bern CH

Website / Phone: +41 (0)31 356 61 04

In October 2022, the Swiss Alliance Australia, in collaboration with Educationsuisse and the Embassy, organised an information event, aimed specifically at Australian students. Unfortunately, admission requirements have changed drastically since then for those with an Australian High school leaving certificate. Interested students are encouraged to get in touch with Educationsuisse. 

Australian Year 12 student Jannik Trochsler has explored the complex topic as part of a research project and created a helpful guide. Download here 

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