Australia’s passport application system is still struggling to cope with the huge numbers of non-Australians applying for citizenship applications.
Photo: Rohan Thomson/AAPThe Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says that it has received more than 13,000 applications for non-Australian passports since it began issuing passports in 2010.
But, despite the high volume, there are still issues to sort out.
Mr Hughes said he was unsure how many applications were backlogged and could not say how many passports were available.””
We have a backlog of more than 12,000 passports currently, and many of those are backlogged at the moment.”
Mr Hughes said he was unsure how many applications were backlogged and could not say how many passports were available.
“It’s not clear to me what the impact will be on the overall number of passports issued,” he said.
“I think it will depend on how much of the applications we get are backlogs.”
The spokesman said that the DFAT was also working on a new system to process passports, which will be in place from September 2018.
“The new system will include enhanced security measures including biometric and photo identification, as well as more robust processes for ensuring that passports are valid for more than a year,” he added.
“We are also committed to ensuring that we have the best and most efficient process for the issuing of passports.”
He said that passport applicants were required to present a copy of their Australian passport and will also have to take a security assessment of their case.
“Applicants who have not presented their passport, and who have a non Australian passport will also be subject to additional biometric checks,” the spokesman said.’
Very confusing’The spokesman also confirmed that there were no changes to the way the passports were issued.
“If there are any changes to our process to process passport applications, we will share them with applicants and their family members,” he explained.
“These will be subject in all stages of the application process to a security review.”
The DFAT has also launched a social media campaign on the issue.
“A non-white Australia is not just a white Australia.
Australia is a multicultural nation with a multicultural society and Australians are proud of their diversity,” the spokesperson said.