Australian passport fees increasing in 2019

By fxdxdy | Dec 18, 2018, 09:48 AM
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.
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By henrus | Dec 18, 2018, 11:36 AM
So an Australian passport will set you back $293 (US$210) ... however, there is a good graph online (dated 2015) which compares the passport cost to the number of hours worked (based on an average hourly wage) - most countries were up to 20 hours of work. I guess this is a more accurate method instead of just looking at the price.

Some examples
Australia - 7 hours (based on $40 per hour average wage - from the ABS).
Mexico - 220 hours
Turkey - 95 hours
Syria - 266 hours
USA - 7 hours
UK - 6 hours
Singapore - 2.5 hours
New Zealand - 7 hours

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.

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By tommygun | Dec 18, 2018, 11:43 AM
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.
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By mspcooper | Dec 18, 2018, 11:54 AM
All these fees are arbitrary. Especially, driver's license and passport fees.
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By henrus | Dec 18, 2018, 12:22 PM
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.

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.

From the total £77.50 fee:
£31.60 - Application processing (~40%)
£15.62 - Consular Assistance (~20%)
£10.79 - Production of Book (~14%)
£3.30 - Delivery Fees (~4%)
£16.90 - Admin Fees (~21%)

I just found full document on google under "Breakdown of costs involved in issuing a passport"

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By djcz | Dec 18, 2018, 12:47 PM
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.
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By fxdxdy | Dec 18, 2018, 02:06 PM
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.

Owww
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By hutch | Dec 18, 2018, 02:22 PM
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.

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.
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By townaz | Dec 18, 2018, 03:53 PM
One thing to keep in mind our passport is valid for 10 years. A lot of other countries only issue passports for 5 years.
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By sgb | Dec 18, 2018, 03:55 PM
If we can afford overseas business class fares, is the $11 more for a passport a major concern?
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By Andrew Barkery | Dec 18, 2018, 07:40 PM
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.
Exit Au, use exit Smartgate... no passport stamping, and yet still pay the Aust pax movement levy, Aud$60...!!! What the...
Enter Au, use incoming Smartgate, also no passport stamping, but we then have to get the little chit of paper to hand to an ABF/Home Affairs officer, might get our moneys worth if AQIS wants to inspect our bags, but other than that, its DIY nearly all the way.
Plus have to remove glasses when getting passport done, and then probably have to remove them prescription glasses too at Smargate.
Might as well be like the proverbial hermit and not travel.
But then, passport as a means of matter of showing id, bugger, still have to have it made every 10 years.
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By hutch | Dec 18, 2018, 09:40 PM
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.
Exit Au, use exit Smartgate... no passport stamping, and yet still pay the Aust pax movement levy, Aud$60...!!! What the...
Enter Au, use incoming Smartgate, also no passport stamping, but we then have to get the little chit of paper to hand to an ABF/Home Affairs officer, might get our moneys worth if AQIS wants to inspect our bags, but other than that, its DIY nearly all the way.
Plus have to remove glasses when getting passport done, and then probably have to remove them prescription glasses too at Smargate.
Might as well be like the proverbial hermit and not travel.
But then, passport as a means of matter of showing id, bugger, still have to have it made every 10 years.

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.
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By Rufus1 | Dec 19, 2018, 10:18 AM
One thing to keep in mind our passport is valid for 10 years. A lot of other countries only issue passports for 5 years.

that would be 9 years and 6 months tbh.

What's with not accepting a passport with less than 6 months' validity? Seems like an arbitrary nonsense.

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By MRYJDrake | Dec 19, 2018, 11:28 AM
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.
Exit Au, use exit Smartgate... no passport stamping, and yet still pay the Aust pax movement levy, Aud$60...!!! What the...
Enter Au, use incoming Smartgate, also no passport stamping, but we then have to get the little chit of paper to hand to an ABF/Home Affairs officer, might get our moneys worth if AQIS wants to inspect our bags, but other than that, its DIY nearly all the way.
Plus have to remove glasses when getting passport done, and then probably have to remove them prescription glasses too at Smargate.
Might as well be like the proverbial hermit and not travel.
But then, passport as a means of matter of showing id, bugger, still have to have it made every 10 years.

You're not obligated to use the smartgate. You can go through the manual queue if you want to get your money's worth.
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By MRYJDrake | Dec 19, 2018, 11:29 AM
One thing to keep in mind our passport is valid for 10 years. A lot of other countries only issue passports for 5 years.

that would be 9 years and 6 months tbh.

What's with not accepting a passport with less than 6 months' validity? Seems like an arbitrary nonsense.

In case you end up in hospital/jail, you can likely still leave without it expiring
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By elchriss0 | Dec 19, 2018, 12:35 PM
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.
Exit Au, use exit Smartgate... no passport stamping, and yet still pay the Aust pax movement levy, Aud$60...!!! What the...
Enter Au, use incoming Smartgate, also no passport stamping, but we then have to get the little chit of paper to hand to an ABF/Home Affairs officer, might get our moneys worth if AQIS wants to inspect our bags, but other than that, its DIY nearly all the way.
Plus have to remove glasses when getting passport done, and then probably have to remove them prescription glasses too at Smargate.
Might as well be like the proverbial hermit and not travel.
But then, passport as a means of matter of showing id, bugger, still have to have it made every 10 years.
Picking up on your glasses comment. My passport photo has me wearing glasses (issued 2010) and I've had the customs officers shouting at me to remove my glasses from across the smartgates. I just pretend i don't hear them now because i'm fed up being shouted at like a child almost every time.
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