Passport price hike puts Aussie travel plans in a spin: Here's how to dodge passport fee fiasco!

Attention, Aussie globetrotters and travel enthusiasts! As the federal budget for 2024 unfolds, Australians are being advised to take swift action regarding their travel documents.

With significant changes on the horizon, a major update in passport fees is set to impact those planning international travel.

The upcoming price adjustments have prompted authorities to encourage citizens to renew or apply for passports promptly to avoid the increased costs.


The Australian passport, already one of the priciest travel documents globally, is about to become even more expensive.

As of July 1, 2024, the cost of a 10-year adult passport will leap by 15 per cent, from $325 to a staggering $373.75.

This nearly $50 increase is significant, especially for those of keeping a keen eye on their finances.


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Australians were urged to renew passports before July 1 to avoid a 15 per cent price increase. Credits: Shutterstock


Gary Ross Hunter, a travel expert from Finder, gave a word of advice for those with wanderlust: ‘If you’re planning to go on an international trip within the next 12 months and your passport is up for renewal, it’s best to get a new one before July 1 so you can avoid the extra fee.’

The looming price rise is part of the broader economic strategy unveiled in the 2024 Federal Budget, which aims to address the cost-of-living crisis gripping the nation.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers described the passport fee increase as a 'relatively modest' change, necessary to ensure ‘we can resource our systems’.

‘This one-off increase is all about making sure that we can resource our passport systems and make them modern and fit for purpose…especially at a time where there are ongoing threats to people's security and their identity,’ Chalmers stated in December.

According to the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook for 2023-2024, the revenue generated from this measure—estimated at $349 million over three years starting from 2024–25—is earmarked for reinvestment into the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio, supporting various priorities that align with Australia's international interests.


Despite the financial pressures of inflation and the rising cost of living, Australians have not entirely curbed their travel aspirations. Finder's recent data indicated that many are still booking holidays beyond their means.

In the past year, 15 per cent of survey respondents admitted to planning vacations they couldn't afford, 7 per cent resorted to borrowing money or even going into debt to fulfil their travel dreams, and 4 per cent opted to cancel altogether.

Four per cent of respondents, totalling over 800,000 individuals, reported incurring debt to fund their holiday.


Hunter mentioned that passport fees were just one factor contributing to the rising costs of travel.

‘There are several factors driving up flight costs. Pent-up demand for travel means airlines can get away with charging more,’ he explained.

‘Airlines are also experiencing staffing shortages after dismissing thousands of crew during the pandemic. Increasing costs for fuel are a factor too, and the general rise in cost of living also increases airline input costs for in-flight food.’

However, many are simply foregoing travel as the increasing cost of living ‘put a dent in holiday spending’.

‘Travel is a luxury many cannot justify right now. With rising interest rates and the steep cost of necessities such as food and fuel, discretionary spending inevitably takes a back seat,’ Hunter explained.

‘If travelling is a priority for you, make it an item in your budget and save for it.’


With the recent federal budget announcement, Australians were urged to apply for new passports before a significant price hike takes effect.

As the cost of travel continues to rise, securing a passport now could save you money in the long run.

This comes at a time when global rankings of the most powerful passports were released, sparking curiosity about how Australia's passport compares on the international stage.

Check out the latest rankings and see if Australia makes the cut.
Key Takeaways
  • Australians were advised to renew their passports before July 1 to avoid an upcoming 15 per cent price increase.
  • The price of an Australian 10-year adult passport will rise from $325 to $373.75, which is a rise of almost $50.
  • The 2024 Federal Budget is set to address the cost-of-living crisis, with increased passport fees helping to resource passport systems.
  • Despite financial pressures, data showed that Australians were still prioritising travel, with some accruing debt to fund their vacations.
How are you planning to navigate the rising costs of travel and passports? Share your strategies and stories in the comments below!
 
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If you cannot afford an extra $50 ($5 a year over 10 years) then you cannot afford to travel and therefore you don’t need a passport and can save $373.
 
If one has a passport... One is considered "Rich," by our Labor SOCIALISTS, and in a LABOR government always taxing as much as possible on the "haves" this is quite normal. No questions about the efficiencies in the Passport Departments. (Most expensive in the world.) That's why we manufacture NOTHING the world wants anymore. --Just dig holes. --With Unions having destroyed everything. --Lucky Country no more. Change the MOB !
 
If you cannot afford an extra $50 ($5 a year over 10 years) then you cannot afford to travel and therefore you don’t need a passport and can save $373.
I just stay at home, living off my Free Centrelink. Travel free on the bus, to the IGA and bottle-o. Majority Aussie.
 
The passport lasts 10 years.
How much is a 5 year drivers licence?
Nothing if you're on a pension and live in WA.
WA is very good with concessions. We also get reduced rego, $675 fuel cards/year if you live 100kms from outside the CBD .
Free public transport between 9 am and 3pm weekdays and all day weekend's and public holidays.
 
If you can't afford the extra $50 for a passport the you can't afford to travel.
Travel insurance should also be made compulsory. So sick of people doing GoFundMe because they don't have travel insurance
Anyone who borrows money to go on holidays has got rocks in their head. If you don't have the funds you can't afford it.
I did have travel insurance and went to claim on a cancelation there was 1 line in the police that didn't cover it but when I was buying it I asked did it cover all those thing and they said it did so sometime even thaw you paid out for travel insurance it doesn't mean that you will be covered
 
I did have travel insurance and went to claim on a cancelation there was 1 line in the police that didn't cover it but when I was buying it I asked did it cover all those thing and they said it did so sometime even thaw you paid out for travel insurance it doesn't mean that you will be covered
Typical insurance company.
I insure with Seniors Travel and when I had my bag snatched they were very good, covered costs of everything.
You really do need to read the policy, not just take their word.
I'm not sure if people are aware that if you have cash stolen(I had $1500) they only pay out $200 no matter how much you loose.
Before anyone jumps down my throat I was just arriving at my accommodation,getting out of cab when someone on a motor scooter shot past and grabbed my bag.
Obviously, don't walk around with that much cash in your bag, put all valuables in a safety deposit box at your accommodation.
They also only pay out $200 if you have cash stolen from your home.
 
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The passport lasts 10 years.
How much is a 5 year drivers licence?
That is an important point - the Govt takes money of you wherever it can.
Why is a 5year license for a Senior so expensive.
 
Typical insurance company.
I insure with Seniors Travel and when I had my bag snatched they were very good, covered costs of everything.
You really do need to read the policy, not just take their word.
I'm not sure if people are aware that if you have cash stolen(I had $1500) they only pay out $200 no matter how much you loose.
Before anyone jumps down my throat I was just arriving at my accommodation,getting out of cab when someone on a motor scooter shot past and grabbed my bag.
Obviously, don't walk around with that much cash in your bag, put all valuables in a safety deposit box at your accommodation.
They also only pay out $200 if you have cash stolen from your home.
Did not know that
 
Did not know that
No, neither did I, nor my niece
who had a substantial amount
stolen from her home.
I made a comment earlier about reading the policy, which was a
bit stupid really, who does??
It would take a month of Sundays and a law degree to read your House and contents policy.
As far as travel insurance goes though it does pay to read the cancellation refunds section, all policies vary.
 
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I agree. Travel insurance, especially after the Covid debacle is essential. I haven’t had a passport since 1983. We are saving a little bit at a time to maybe go somewhere. Not Sure if I can just apply for a passport without knowing where I’m going???
l've got a British passport which needs renewing but l was also thinking about getting an Australian one in case l can't get back if l go overseas but l think l will have expired myself before l get round to it lol
 
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The cost of flights/cruises often change more than that during a year. Let’s face it, travel is expensive anywhere anytime. Want to go to Norfolk or Lord Howe and it would be cheaper to go to Singapore or New Zealand.
 
Damn. What a rise so disappointed at this rise in cost for a passport. I will try to renew before July.
 
If one has a passport... One is considered "Rich," by our Labor SOCIALISTS, and in a LABOR government always taxing as much as possible on the "haves" this is quite normal. No questions about the efficiencies in the Passport Departments. (Most expensive in the world.) That's why we manufacture NOTHING the world wants anymore. --Just dig holes. --With Unions having destroyed everything. --Lucky Country no more. Change the MOB !
You only need a passport if you want to travel.
If you want to travel and cannot afford $37 a year over 10 years then you cannot afford to travel.Stop whinging!
 
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