A new online passport applications system could swap queues for clicks when it launches in the middle of 2017.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will update the current in-person process, with one or more organisations authorised to provide online applications for passport applications and renewals.
Passport applicants will still be required to make a person appearance to have their identity verified, with a network of authorised travel agents mooted as one possible option for photographs and ID checks.
Australia Post will lose its exclusive agency right to provide face-to-face 'application lodgement services' on behalf of the Australian Passport Office at the end of June 2017.
DFAT expects to be handling an estimated three million passport applications per year by 2019, compared to 1.8 million in 2014-15.
The government also continues to weigh up the introduction of passport-free travel between Australia and New Zealand through the adoption of a digital 'cloud passport'.
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