Australian passport fees have just gone up
Passport fees for Australians increased on 1 January.
Good news for those of us who were lucky enough to renew a passport before the end of 2017. Passport prices have increased for the third year in a row, with Aussies now needing to fork out an extra $5 to renew their passport.
Adult passports are now $282, while passports for children under 16 years and persons aged 75 and over are $142, a $3 increase.
We’ve also seen fees increase to $178 for Australians requiring an emergency passport while overseas as well as the surcharge for overseas processing. The adult overseas surcharge is now $105 and the child overseas surcharge is $53.
If you need a new passport in a hurry, the priority processing fee has also increased to $186, so try to renew well in advance of any overseas travel.
These increases might not sound like a whole lot but when you consider that three years ago we were paying $32 less and 10 years ago adult passports were only $200 the increases stack up.
Hopefully, these fee rises shouldn’t deter travellers too much, especially with all the end-of-year flight sales and the Aussie dollar still strong in many overseas destinations.