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Australian passport

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Australian passport

$3,000.00

Visa requirements

An Australian passport does not, in itself, entitle the holder to enter another country. To enter another country, the traveler must comply with the visa and entry requirements of the other countries to be visited, which vary from country to country and may apply specifically to a particular passport type, the traveler’s nationality, criminal history or many other factors.

As of 26 March 2019, Australian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 181 countries and territories, ranking the Australian passport 9th in the world in terms of travel freedom (tied with the New Zealand and Icelandic passports) according to the Henley Passport Index. Additionally, Arton Capital’s Passport Index ranked the Australian passport 7th in the world in terms of travel freedom, with a visa-free score of 161 (tied with Latvian, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Polish, Slovakian and Slovenian passports), as of 4 December 2018.

Eligibility requirements: Australian citizens
Expiration: 10 years for adults 16+; 10 or 5 years for adults aged 75+; 5 years for children under 16
Purpose: Identification

Description

Australian passport

Australian passports are travel documents issued to Australian citizens under Australian Passports Act 2005 by the Australian Passport Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), both in Australia and overseas, which enable the passport bearer to travel internationally. Australian citizens are allowed to hold passports from other countries. Since 1988 over a million Australian passports have been issued annually, and it reached 1.4 million in 2007, and increasing towards a projected 3 million annually by 2021.

Since 24 October 2005 Australia has issued only biometric passports, called ePassports, which have an embedded microchip that contains the same personal information that is on the colour photo page of the passport, including a digitised photograph. As all previous passports have now expired, all Australian passports are now biometric. SmartGates have been installed in Australian airports to allow Australian ePassport holders and ePassport holders of several other countries to clear immigration controls more rapidly, and facial recognition technology has been installed at immigration gates.

Types of passport

Standard Passport (Blue or Black Cover) – Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips, it has 32 visa pages (42 pages overall), with 10 years validity.
Frequent Traveler Passport – Issued to frequent travelers, such as business people (64 visa pages); issuance of Frequent Traveler Passports was discontinued on 30 November 2017, but existing passports remain valid until expiry.
Replacement Passport – If a frequent traveler’s passport has filled up but will still be valid for more than two years, the holder can be issued a “replacement passport” (34 pages overall) at a reduced cost that will be valid for the remaining period.
Child’s Passport – Issued to Australian citizens aged under 16 years, for half the cost of a standard passport; it has 32 visa pages, with 5 years validity.
Emergency Passport (Black Cover) – Issued to Australian citizens that urgently need to travel on short notice or urgently need to replace their lost or stolen passport; issued with a maximum 12 months validity.
Concurrent Passport – Issued to Australian citizens in cases of demonstrated need to hold multiple passports to avoid significant international travel difficulties. Buy Fake Passport online
Official Passport (Green Cover) – Issued to individuals representing the Australian government on official business (42 pages).
Diplomatic Passport (Red Cover) – Issued to Australian diplomats, top-ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers (42 pages).

Physical appearance

The current ‘P’ series Australian passport is Australian-flag blue, with the Australian coat of arms emblazoned in gold (formerly white) in the centre of the front cover. Below the coat of arms are inscribed “AUSTRALIA” and, beneath it, six stars. Toward the bottom of the cover are inscribed “Passport” and, below it, the international e-passport symbol (EPassport logo.svg). The standard passport contains 42 visa pages (pages 17 and 18 are unusable as they contain the contactless IC).

Identity Information Page

The Australian passport includes the following data:

Photo of passport owner
Type (P for passport)
Code of Issuing State (AUS)
Document No.
Name
Nationality (Australian)
Date of Birth
Sex (male, female and indeterminate). First reported in 2003 with recipient Alex MacFarlane, intersex people with “indeterminate” birth certificates could choose ‘X’. In 2011, this was extended to permit intersex and gender diverse people to choose this when supported by a doctor’s statement. Individuals may report their identified gender without having had surgical intervention.
Place of birth (only the city or town is listed, even if born outside Australia)
Date of issue
Owner’s signature
Date of expiry
Authority (Australia if issued in Australia, or the name of the issuing diplomatic mission if issued overseas – e.g. London

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.
Passport note

The passports contain inside the front cover a note that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of Australia and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms:

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, being the representative in Australia of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, an Australian Citizen, to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need.

Languages

The passport is printed in English. French translation is found on the identity information, observations, chip center and notice pages.

Biometric chip

The embedded chip stores the owner’s digitized photograph, name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and the passport expiry date. This is the same information that appears on the printed information page of every passport. Facial recognition technology was introduced with the release of the ePassport to improve identity verification and reduce identity-related fraud.
Features

Micro printing – for example, horizontal lines on the notice/bearer’s information pages are made up of micro printed words.
In L-series passports, the first verse of Advance Australia Fair is used.
In M-series passports, the words are from Waltzing Matilda.
In N-series passports, the lines are made up of the word “Australia” repeated.
N-series passports also feature micro printed words from Clancy of the Overflow on the visa pages.
The laminate of the identity information page on M-series and later passports contains retro-reflective floating images of kangaroos.

Applications for a passport

The 100 point personal identification system applies to new applicants for an Australian passport, and an Australian passport can in turn be used as an identification document of the passport holder (worth 70 points in the 100 point check scheme).

The 100 point personal identification system does apply to a renewal of a passport.
Renewal

Australian citizens, aged 18 years or over who have an adult Australian passport that was valid for at least two years when issued, and was issued on or after 1 July 2000, in the current name, date of birth and sex or have a child Australian passport that was valid for at least two years when issued, and was issued on or after 1 July 2005, and that were 16 years or over at the time of issue may apply online for a renewal. If overseas, this may be done by contacting the nearest Australian diplomatic mission.

Renewals are not available for lost or stolen passports, in which case an application for a new passport must be made.

Refusal to issue passport

Under the Australian Passports Act 2005, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has the power to refuse, cancel or suspend a passport on a number of grounds including national security or health. In addition, a court can order an accused in a criminal matter, or any other person, to surrender their passport, for example, as a condition of grant of bail or otherwise.

In May 2017, the Turnbull Government successfully reached a deal with Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party to allow the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to revoke the passports of 20,000 convicted paedophiles listed on Australia’s national child offender register, of which about 3,200 offenders with lifetime reporting requirements were to be permanently denied the opportunity to obtain a passport and hence the ability to travel outside Australia for life. This was described as a “world-first” passport-ban policy intended to combat child sex tourism perpetuated by Australian citizens especially in developing countries.

Visa requirements

An Australian passport does not, in itself, entitle the holder to enter another country. To enter another country, the traveler must comply with the visa and entry requirements of the other countries to be visited, which vary from country to country and may apply specifically to a particular passport type, the traveler’s nationality, criminal history or many other factors.

As of 26 March 2019, Australian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 181 countries and territories, ranking the Australian passport 9th in the world in terms of travel freedom (tied with the New Zealand and Icelandic passports) according to the Henley Passport Index. Additionally, Arton Capital’s Passport Index ranked the Australian passport 7th in the world in terms of travel freedom, with a visa-free score of 161 (tied with Latvian, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Polish, Slovakian and Slovenian passports), as of 4 December 2018.

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