2017 Passport Facts

  • On average 8,337 Australian applied for a passport each business day
  • We issued 2,087,288 passports altogether – 41% more than 10 years ago.
  • 63% of applicants used our online service
  • On an average business day we issued a passport every 3 seconds
  • 187,798 people paid to have their passport issued in two business days plus delivery
  • End to end, the number of passports we printed would stretch from Sydney to Canberra
  • 14,077,187 Australians had a passport = 57% of the population
  • People in their 30's were most likely to have a passport
  • 170 passports not processed on suspicion of dishonesty or fraud
  • 70 passports cancelled or refused on national security or law enforcement grounds
  • The most common fraud? Forged parental consent for child passports
  • 44,206 passports reported lost or stolen
  • 8,070 emergency travel documents issued

Top Five countries for

Lost passports Stolen passports
1 Australia Australia
2 United States Italy
3 United Kingdom United States
4 China Spain
5 New Zealand France