Since 1 July 2022, over 2.7 million Australians have gotten passports.
That’s already an all-time record, with still just under two months yet to go this financial year!
This figure outstrips our previous financial year record of 2.1 million passports, set in 2018-19.
It reflects the strong passport demand we have seen in recent months, which is expected to continue for the remainder of 2023.
The good news is passport processing times are back to what they were before COVID-19, despite the high ongoing demand.
But processing times are expected to fluctuate during the year, particularly in the lead up to peak travel times.
That’s why you should plan well ahead and allow at least six weeks to apply for or renew your passport if you’re looking to travel this year.
For more advice, or to start your application online, go to: www.passports.gov.au.