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Australian passport renewal: Everything you must know
4 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Whether traveling for business, vacation, or other reasons, you must have an up-to-date and valid passport. Navigating the process of the Australia passport renewal doesn't have to be daunting. This comprehensive guide will make the process straightforward and stress-free.

This article will provide detailed information, breaking down each step and requirement. We'll cover everything from eligibility criteria to application methods, fees, and processing times, ensuring you have all the information needed for a successful passport renewal.

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Eligibility criteria for Australian passport renewal

To renew your Australian passport, you must fulfill certain eligibility criteria. Ensure you meet these requirements:

  • Your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 or older and hasn’t expired for over three years.

  • Your passport is in good condition, meaning it's not damaged or altered significantly.

  • There have been no changes in your personal details, such as your name or gender, since your last passport was issued.

  • Your passport has not been reported lost, stolen, or canceled.

You'll likely need to apply for a new adult passport if you don't meet these criteria. Check these requirements before starting the renewal process to avoid any unnecessary complications.

Documents required for Australian passport renewal

As with any document application process, there’s some paperwork involved. Here are the items applicants must gather to renew their Australian passports:

Requirements for adult passport applications

Supporting documents requested for a child passport renewal

  • The child's most recent Australian passport.

  • Two recent passport photos that comply with the specified photo requirements.

  • The child’s birth certificate.

  • Evidence that the child is an Australian citizen.

  • Documents that prove any change of name.

  • Any court orders and additional passport forms we require to establish who has parental responsibility for the child.

How to apply for an Australian passport renewal

Applying for a passport renewal can be done through various methods, each designed to cater to different preferences and circumstances.

How to apply for an Australia Passport Renewal online:

The online application is the most convenient way for the majority:

  1. Visit the Australian Passport Office website and start the online renewal application.

  2. Lodge your application at a participating Post Office. Submit the form and required documents.

  3. Pay the application fee when lodging your application. Australia Post accepts EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, or cash for payment, and the passport office accepts EFTPOS, MasterCard, or Visa only.

  4. You’ll receive an email or SMS once your passport is ready. If you choose to receive your passport by post, it should arrive within three weeks of the government notification.

Applying for an Australia passport renewal by phone

For those who prefer a more traditional approach or do not have internet access:

  1. Call the Australian Passport Information Service at 131 232 and request a pre-filled renewal form.

  2. Once you receive the form, complete it and gather the necessary documents.

  3. Submit your passport renewal application at a designated Post Office with the required documents.

  4. Pay the passport fees at the time of submission. You can pay at the Post Office using EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, or cash, whereas the passport office accepts only EFTPOS, MasterCard, or Visa.

  5. You’ll be informed via email or SMS when your passport is ready. If you opted for postal delivery, expect your passport to arrive approximately three weeks after receiving this government notification.

How to apply for a passport renewal at the Australian Consulate General or Embassy

For Australians living or traveling abroad:

  1. Visit your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. Request the application form; sometimes, booking an appointment to submit your application may be required.

  2. Complete the passport application form and gather the necessary documents.

  3. Go to the Embassy or Consulate to submit your application and pay the passport fees. Check which payment methods are available at the location.

  4. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will notify you via SMS or email when your new passport is ready to pick up.

Cost for passport renewal in Australia

The cost of renewing an Australian passport in 2023 is as follows:

Passport renewal rees:

  • 10-year validity passport: $325

  • 5-year validity passport (under 16): $164

  • 5-year validity passport (75 and over): $164

  • Replacement passport: $204

  • Emergency passport overseas: $204

Additional Fees:

  • Priority processing: $237 (Available to eligible customers in Australia only) Click here to check the criteria to apply).

  • Overseas surcharge (adult): $146

  • Overseas surcharge (child): $71

  • Observation after issuance: $16

The Australian government sets these fees, and they can be updated at any time. Before applying, check the latest fees directly with the Australian Passport Office.

Processing time of Australia passport renewal

The standard processing time for an Australian passport renewal is approximately ten business days. However, this can vary depending on the volume of applications and other factors. The Australian government recommends to allow a minimum of six weeks to receive a passport.

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