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Reminder about validity of passports when travelling to Australia
Australia requires that your passport must be valid only for the period of your intended travel in and out of Australia. There is no requirement for your passport to be valid for six months after your travel.
Applying for an Australian passport while overseas
An additional “Overseas Application Fee" will be applied to passport applications lodged overseas on or after 1 July 2015.
These application fees in 2015 will be: AUD$100.00 for adult (including Senior) applications and,
AUD$ 50.00 for child applications.
The fee will not apply to Emergency passport applications as the validity of these passports is very limited.
1) Will the “Overseas Application Fee" increase?
• The fee will be indexed annually in accordance with the CPI (on 1 January).
2) Aren’t Australian passports already too expensive?
• Australia boasts one of the world’s most secure passport systems.
• Maintaining the greatest security and integrity in the Australian passport system is our primary consideration.
a) It protects Australians and their Identity in Australia and all over the world.
Passport services are provided during business hours, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
An appointment is required prior to attending the High Commission (Wellington) or Consulate-General (Auckland).
Please contact us for an appointment via email.
The Australian High Commission in Wellington provides passport services to Australian citizens in New Zealand (south of Lake Taupo), Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.
Passport counter opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Physical address: 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011
Please contact us via email to make an appointment prior to attending the office.
Telephone: 04 473 6411 (select option 2 — passport enquiries) Fax: 04 498 7103
The Australian Consulate-General in Auckland provides passport services to Australian citizens in New Zealand north of Lake Taupo.
Passport counter opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Physical address: Level 7, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tower, 186-194 Quay Street, Auckland 1010
Please contact us via email to make an appointment prior to attending the office.
Telephone: 09 921 8800 (select option 1) Fax: 09 921 8820
For further information and online applications please visit Passports Australia.
Upcoming Passport and Notarial Visits (South Island)
The Australian High Commission is planning visits to the South Island (NZ) to provide Passport interviews and Notarial services.
**Please contact us early to register your interest in an appointment**.
Proposed (indicative) dates:
18 June 2015 Christchurch only.– (one day only).
To register your interest in an appointment please:
Email: email@example.com or
Telephone: 04 473 6411 (select option 2- passport enquiries)
Please have on hand information such as:
1. Name and contact details of person attending appointment (mobile/email).
2. Type of appointment required (First Adult/Renewing Adult/Child Passport, Witnessing/Statutory Declaration/Notarial).
3. Preferred time of appointment.
Closer to the date of the visit we will contact you to confirm your appointment and go over what you will need to bring with you.
We will also confirm venue location, cost of the services and what payments we will be able to take on the day (some locations will not have EFTPOS available).
If there is enough interest additional days may be added.
Click here for a list of passport and notarial fees.
Renewing your passport overseas & Applying for a new child or adult passport overseas
Documents that confirm your Australian citizenship and identity
To be eligible for an Australian passport the Australian Passport Office must be satisfied that you are an Australian citizen, and must confirm your identity. Accordingly, when you apply for an Australian passport you will need to provide original documents which confirm your Australian citizenship and your identity. Please note that birth extracts, commemorative certificates, photocopies and fax copies are NOT acceptable.
Your passport photos
You must provide two recent identical colour photographs of yourself with your completed passport application. One of these photographs must be endorsed by your guarantor with the words “this is a true photo of (insert name)” unless you are submitting an application for a passport renewal using form PC7.
For technical advice please read the Camera operator guidelines
Photographs must be no more than six months old.
How do I get a passport application form?
Passport application forms can be downloaded from www.passports.gov.au
Or request a form by:
Note: When sending email, please give us your postal address so we can send a form to you. We cannot send applications by email.
How much does it cost and where do I lodge my application?
Click here for information on passport fees and where to lodge your form.
The passport interview
Adults applying for an Australian passport must be interviewed. A person under 18 years of age and who has never married may be exempt from being interviewed. However, the application should be lodged by a parent or person with a parental responsibility for the child.
The interview time will depend upon the type of application. A renewal interview (in Australia) should take less than five minutes.
The interviewer will check your application to ensure that it has been correctly completed and that the required supporting original documents have been submitted. Original supporting documents will be returned to you after sighting by the interviewer.
You will only be asked questions that relate to the application. You may be requested to submit further documents. All information provided is held in confidence.
Documents to bring to the interview
You must bring to the interview:
1. the application form completed in black ink or online;
2. two new colour photographs, one endorsed on the back, in black ink, by the guarantor who also completed section 12 of the application form;
3. an original document that proves you are an Australian citizen, being -
• your full Australian birth certificate and if you were born on or after 20 August 1986, proof of one parent's Australian citizenship or permanent residency at the time of your birth;
• your Australian citizenship certificate.
• Passport applicants using the streamlined Passport Renewal process must present the passport that is being replaced.
4. original identity documents that prove your identity (for example your current driver's licence) that shows your current name, address and signature;
5. original documents that provide proof of name changes from the name shown on your birth certificate, citizenship certificate or previous Australian passport (if applicable);
6. the application fee.
The applicant's signature
The applicant for the passport must read and sign the declaration in the application form using black ink. The signature MUST be within the signature box. If the applicant is physically or mentally incapacitated and this prevents them signing the applicant's signature declaration, the applicant should leave the applicant signature declaration box BLANK. The applicant should also attach a letter (to their passport application form) from their medical practitioner as proof of their condition. Alternatively the person assisting with the completion of the form should complete a general declaration (B11 form).
If the application is for a child, the declaration must be signed by a parent or person with a parental responsibility for the child.
If the child is between 10 and 18 years of age, they should sign the application form. This signature will appear in the passport. Children under 10 years of age are not required to sign.
Lost or stolen passport
Each of us has a unique identity. In our modern, complex world it is more important than ever to protect it.
Your passport is a vital tool in proving your identity. Identity theft, where one person illegally claims to be another person, is a growing problem with serious consequences for our security at home and abroad. It is estimated to cost the Australian community around $1.5 billion a year.
Lost or stolen passports provide criminals with the opportunity to assume another identity, to travel illegally and to commit other crimes. The Australian Passports Act 2005 contains new measures to encourage Australians to protect their passports.
Who can be a Guarantor?
The applicant's guarantor fills in Sections 11 of the passport application form and writes directly on the back of one photo "This is a true photograph of [applicant's full name]" and signs it. Do not use sticky labels.
To avoid delays please ensure your identifier is easily contactable by telephone during normal business hours.
Your guarantor must:
- be over 18 years of age
- have known you for at least 12 months or for the children under 1 year, since birth
not be related to you by birth or marriage
- not be in a de facto relationship with you (this includes a same sex relationship), nor live at your address
- be easily contactable by phone during normal business hours
- possesses a current (unexpired) Australian passport that was issued with at least two year's validity OR
- be currently employed in one of the approved occupational or professional groups listed below (these persons do not have to be Australian citizens).
Approved Occupational and Professional Groups
Barrister or Solicitor
Clerk of the Courts
Clerk of Petty Sections
Defence Force member (with 5 yrs continuous service)
Elected Member of Parliament
Medical Practitioner (Registered)
Police Officer (with 5 yrs continuous service)
Public Servant (current full time employees of Govt Depts or Local Govt, employed continuously for 5+yrs by their current employer)
Teacher (full time & have been teaching 5 yrs or more at schools or tertiary institutions)
Veterinary Surgeon (Registered)
Please Note: A NZ Justice of the Peace can only be used if he or she is a registered Marriage Celebrant. They must indicate they are also a Marriage Celebrant, for example, "JP/Marriage Celebrant".