Australian passports are a getting a a high-tech make-over, with new security features partnering the smartchip that's already embedded between the pages.
The 'e-passports', which will be progressively issued to applicants for new and renewed passports, is printed using the same technologies as Australian banknotes, which are regarded as among the world's most secure and counterfeit-proof cash notes.
Dubbed the 'P' series of passports, the latest design follows the current M and N versions with the same 'Australian-flag blue with gold embossed cover'.
But one of the visible security features between the covers is a new security laminate with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade boasts as "the world’s first colour floating image.'
This and other features will make the passports even more difficult to forge.
"The P series of passport incorporates technology that assists in combating fraud, terrorism and organised crime, and will assist our efforts to bolster national security" said Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.
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