The history of Australian passports
The Australian Government first started issuing passports in 1901 following the federation of the Australian colonies.
Today, passport offices in Australia and overseas issue around 1.8 million passports a year and more than 10 million
Australians – just under 50 per cent of the population – currently hold Australian passports.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has developed a 16-panel free-standing display telling the story of the
Australian passport. The display, ‘Every Assistance and Protection’, is available for loan to approved public libraries,
galleries, museums, schools and government organisations.
If you are interested in borrowing the exhibition, please complete an application form.