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Passport and Notarial Fees Payments

From 30 October 2017, the Australian Embassy in Moscow will no longer accept cash payments for passport and notarial fees.   Only credit or debit card payments in Russian Roubles will be accepted for the payment of consular services, including passports and notarial acts.  Payments must be made at the time of the appointment.  In certain instances, payment can be made using a remote payment service. For more information please email

Frequent Traveller Passports

From 1 December 2017, the Frequent Traveller Passport (FTP) will be discontinued due to the decrease in the overall demand and as more countries are issuing electronic visas. For more information on replacement passports options please email   

Bennelong By-Election 2017

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017. In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or vote in person in Australia before you go. For more information, visit the AEC website  or contact the AEC via email or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

Queensland State General Election 2017

The Queensland State Election will be held on Saturday, 25 November 2017. For information on how to vote visit the Electoral Commission Queensland webiste  or phone +61 7 3035 8107.

New England By-Election 2017

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of New England in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017. Australians who will be overseas on the  by-election day can apply for a postal vote or vote in person in Australia before they leave. For more information please visit the AEC website or contact the AEC via email or phone +61 2 6113 4777 ; +61 2 6160 2600.

Passport and Notarial Fees Increases

      From  1 January 2017, passport and notarial fees increases will apply :

For Passports, the following increases will apply:

  • 10-year validity passport for persons aged 16 and over: new fee $277.
  • 5-year validity passport for children under 16 years and persons aged 75 and over: new fee $139.
  • Emergency passport overseas: new fee $175.
  • The overseas surcharge for passport applications lodged outside Australia will increase to $52 for children under 18 years and to $103 for adults.

For Notarials, the new fees will range between $70 and $140 AUD depending on the requested service. This increase takes into account that Australian notarial fees have not increased in 16 years, the growing costs of delivering notarial services and risisng demand. The new fees structure aligns with those charged by commercial providers.

Smartraveller Campaign 2016

The Australian Government launched a new Smartraveller 2016 campaign to help Australian travellers prepare for their trips overseas. The new campaign aims to remind Australians to prepare for their upcoming trips and to take responsibility for themselves when travelling overseas.

With Australians continuing to travel in ever-increasing numbers, with almost 10 million trips taken in the last financial year, the Smartraveller message continues to be critically important: 'be informed, be prepared':

  • check the Smartraveller website for information about destination countries and other travel bulletins and subscribe to the relevant advisories;
  • register travel details on the website so that consular officers, family and friends back home are able to contact an emergency; and
  • insure yourself by taking out travel insurance with an appropriate level of cover.

When Australians travel without adequate preparation, or make irresponsible choices, there can be very serious consequences for themselves and their family.

The advertisements will be featured on television and in digital, print, outdoor and social media as well as translated for non-English speaking Australians. There will also be a new Smartraveller smartphone application for android devices which will complement the existing iPhone application.

The Smartraveller campaign aligns with the Australian Government's Consular Strategy 2014-16, while taking a fun and light-hearted approach to the serious issue of being informed and prepared to travel safely overseas.

For more information about Smartraveller visit

To see the advertising campaign visit