Australian passport

Australian passports are travel documents issued to Australian citizens under the Australian Passports Act 2005[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Australian passport
The front cover of a contemporary Australian ePassport (with chip )
TypePassport
Issued by Australian Passport Office (DFAT)
First issued1901 (first version)
1984 (machine-readable passport)
24 October 2005 (biometric passport)
June 2014 (current version)
PurposeIdentification
Valid inAll countries
EligibilityAustralian citizens
Expiration10 years for adults 16+
10 or 5 years for adults aged 75+
5 years for children under 16
CostAdult (16+):
10-year passport : A$301
Adult 75+ (optional)
5-year passport: A$152
Child (Under 16):
5-year passport: A$152
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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.[5]