2018 Passport Facts

  • On average 8,323 Australian applied for a passport each business day
  • We issued 2,091,801 passports altogether – 38% more than 10 years ago.
  • 67% of applicants used our online service
  • On an average business day we issued a passport every 3 seconds
  • 179,566 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 Melbourne to Wagga Wagga
  • 14,438,972 Australians had a passport = 57% of the population
  • People in their 20s were most likely to have a passport
  • 138 passports not processed on suspicion of dishonesty or fraud
  • 124 passports cancelled or refused on national security or law enforcement grounds
  • The most common fraud? Forged parental consent for child passports
  • 41,448 passports reported lost or stolen
  • 8,232 emergency travel documents issued

Top 5 countries for lost and stolen Australian passports

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