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26 Jun, 2014

New generation of Australian passports released

Canberra, 25 June 2014 (Minister of Foreign Affairs media release) – A new series of Australian passport has been released with innovative security features that make it even more difficult to forge. The P series of passport incorporates technology that assists in combating fraud, terrorism and organised crime, and will assist Australia’s efforts to bolster national security.

The Australian passport is internationally recognised as one of the most trusted and secure travel documents in the world. These new security features build on our reputation, as part of our commitment to stronger borders.

Australian-flag blue with gold embossed cover, the P series passport builds on the already advanced features of the e-Passport. The P series is printed using the same technologies as Australian banknote. Visible security features include a new security laminate with the world’s first colour floating image.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is progressively issuing the P series passports to new applicants. The M and N series passports still in circulation will continue to be highly secure documents for the remainder of their validity.

Passport applications must be made at least three weeks before intended travel. A face-to-face interview is required for adult passports.

Passport applications can be completed online at www.passports.gov.au.