Media Release

25 June 2008

New Passport Application Forms

From 1 July 2008 the identity management process that underpins the Australian passport issuing system will be strengthened through the introduction of new passport application forms.

The new forms will better ensure the names included in replacement passports match those recorded on state and territory births, deaths and marriages registers or the Australian citizenship register.

The one-page pre-printed renewal form can be used in the majority of cases by Australians seeking to renew their current passport, or passport that has expired for not more than 12 months. The passport being replaced is required as supporting documentation when lodging a renewal form.

A full application form will need to be used by Australians that have never held a passport or by those who do not qualify for the renewal process. An Australian birth certificate or Australian citizenship certificate, along with other documentation listed on the form, will need to be presented to establish identity and citizenship.

The Australian Passport Office will continue to accept the old forms under the old conditions until 30 September 2008. After this date, only new forms with the new requirements will be accepted.

All types of Passport application forms are available from www.passports.gov.au or by calling 131 232.  Full child or adult passport application forms are also available from most Australia Post outlets.