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Fingerprints needed for Ecuador visas?

I read a couple of posts recently regarding needing to travel to Guayaquil or Quito to get fingerprints and photos taken when you apply in Ecuador for permanent residency. I am in Australia now and wanting to apply from here for an amparo visa. How would that work? Is it only necessary if you have been living in Ecuador and need to get a police certificate for Ecuador similar to the one I will need to get here in Australia?