Non urgent passport processing times

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Member since 16 Dec 2011

Total posts 40

Does anyone know if this is getting better or worse?


Member since 31 Mar 2014

Total posts 272

Based on the lack of lines outside the Melbourne passport office in recent weeks, I would think things are getting better.


Member since 06 Jun 2017

Total posts 46

I applied for mine about 5 weeks ago. I dropped it off at the Melbourne GPO (they have a daily run to the passport office), and picked it up from the passport office on Collins Street. Took 3 weeks and 1 day. Was in and out in about 15 minutes to pick it up.

Flying Ogden

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Member since 18 May 2018

Total posts 10

Back in May I applied for my daughters renewal. She's on a child's passport, so is treated as a new application, not a renewal like an adult. We are at week 8 of waiting and after checking another forum I decided to ring the passport office because we need it soon to get a VISA. Call went straight through and they assured us it will be printed in 7 business days. The fact our call went straight through suggests things have calmed down a bit. Again reading on those others forums, it all sounds like a bit of a lottery. Some people have got their passport in three weeks others are at 12 weeks and still waiting even after calling numerous times. I myself had a friend apply for their Childs passport in June because I warned them of the wait time and yet they received their passport a few weeks ago! In retrospect, I wish I had of just done the express payment but we applied just before it really blew up in the media and the post office assured me I'd have it in 6 weeks! Jokes on me.


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Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 442

I applied for my child's renewal. It is 4 weeks now, have not received it yet. However, we have no travel plans. I wanted to make sure we applied within 6 months of expiry to avoid any last minute travel hiccups for countries who require a minimum 6 months validity.

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