Passports fraud

Providing false or misleading statements, information or identity documents in a passport application constitutes fraud. Under section 19A of the Australian Passports Act 2005, we can refuse to process an application for an Australian travel document if we have reasonable grounds to suspect fraud or dishonesty in the application. In such cases, the application fee will not be refunded. Examples of fraud include forged signatures for parental consent (even if the parent verbally consents), and misrepresenting the length of time the guarantor has known the applicant.


From 1 January 2016, child applicants aged 16 or 17 will be issued with a 10-year passport instead of the five-year passport currently issued to children under 18. Applications must still include parental consent, and they must be personally lodged by the applicant together with a parent. The application fee will be the same as for adults, reflecting the longer validity of the passport to be issued. For more information about child passport applications, check inside the website.

Waiver of fees

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