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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.

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