Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 18 May 2011
Total posts 36
The passport prices for 2019 have been released (https://www.passports.gov.au/news/notice-2019-passport-fees).A standard adult passport will be $11 more expensive.This surely makes an Australian adult passport the most expensive in the world with the exception of places where they don't want you to leave, like Syria.If your passport is within the last 8 months or so of it's life and $11 means a lot to you then right now is the right time to apply for a new one.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 768
For reference, a Syrian passport now costs US$400 (making it the worlds most expensive and almost double the cost of an Australia passport) with an average wage of US$1.5 per hour (166 hours of work) though this hourly figure from the internet is questionable.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 135
So the relative cost among those developed nations mentioned equates to +/- 7 hours pay. But perhaps the real question is: what does it cost those governments to issue a passport, is the fee only enough to cover that cost or is there an element of profit and if so how much? I doubt we'll ever find out.
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 344
All these fees are arbitrary. Especially, driver's license and passport fees.
I guess the only way would be a FOI request? As quick google search reveals someone did that in the UK back in 2011. It explains they don't charge more than they need to + a small extra for consular assistance.
Member since 28 Feb 2014
Total posts 131
I submitted my application for a 10-year passport yesterday, my current one was going to expire in less than 6 months. It cost $282 + Priority (leaving the country soon) of $186. Making it $468.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 761
I think you'll find that DFAT uses passport fees as a revenue source to go towards to cost of providing consular activities. It is not a cost recovery fee.
Member since 31 Jan 2018
Total posts 15
One thing to keep in mind our passport is valid for 10 years. A lot of other countries only issue passports for 5 years.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
If we can afford overseas business class fares, is the $11 more for a passport a major concern?
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 427
And for a country that does not stamp its own citizen's passports, and yet charge so much, it a money grab for either side of the political spectrum, either Coalition or Labor.
So you would prefer to line up for a personal inspection on departure and arrival? Please! Everytime I go somewhere where I have to queue for an hour to enter a country, I'm pleased I don't have to do that back home any more.
Member since 04 Dec 2013
Total posts 65
that would be 9 years and 6 months tbh.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
Total posts 204
You're not obligated to use the smartgate. You can go through the manual queue if you want to get your money's worth.
In case you end up in hospital/jail, you can likely still leave without it expiring
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