It’s About To Get Even HARDER To Get A Passport
The days of applying for a passport at the Post Office may soon be over.
The contract between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australia Post is due to expire in June 2017.
It’s now being reported by The Advertiser that the Federal Government is looking at other options and while they do that they'll have to bear in mind that passport applications are expected to increase drastically over the next few years.
1.8 million applications were received between 2014 and 2015 and by 2019 that’s expected to rise to 3 million.
To cope with this increase the government is looking at changing the existing system to meet these higher demands, with online passport application systems on the cards.
This could mean Australians would be able to submit their picture, signature and supporting documentation all electronically which would speed up the process.
However the convenience of applying at one of the 1700 post offices around the country which conduct the necessary interviews would be over...