Australian Passport Information
Current passport delivery times
The Australian Passport Office (APO) is currently seeing strong demand for passports. For this reason, it is advising its customers to apply for or renew their passport well ahead of their planned travel dates. The APO is therefore recommending, at least for now, that they allow up to six weeks to get a new passport.
Passports are printed in Australia so we are unable to offer a priority service in Malaysia.
From 1 July 2018 no glasses in new passport photo
Glasses will not be allowed in new passport photos taken from 1 July 2018.
This will further strengthen the integrity of the Australian passport.
Research has shown that glasses adversely affect passport facial matching. Matching is more accurate without glasses.
A limited exemption for medical reasons may apply where supported by a medical certificate.
Discontinuation of frequent traveller passport
From 1 December 2017, Australia will no longer issue Frequent Traveller Passports (66 pages). Existing 66-page passports will remain valid until they expire. However, you will not be able to apply for a new one after 30 November 2017. You will have to get a standard 34-page passport instead. You can pay the full fee and get 10 years’ validity.
Alternatively, if your passport has filled up but will not expire for more than two years and with no blank visa pages, you can pay less for a 34-page ‘replacement passport’ that covers the remaining validity of your old passport. For further information on this option, please email [email protected].
PASSPORTS SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Australian citizens in East Malaysia can lodge passport applications at the Honorary Consul offices at Kuching (Sarawak), Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) and Penang (Pulau Pinang). Please see contact details.
All applications must be lodged in person by the applicant or in the case of a minor (under18) by one person with parental responsibility for the minor. Minors aged 10 years and above must sign section 18 of the application form.