The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

Media Release

FA045 - 9 May 2006

Australian Passports - Enhancing Security and Integrity

The Australian Government has committed an additional $14.6 million over four years to enhance the security of the Australian passport issuing process.

Changes in the international environment have heightened the risks associated with delivering a secure and efficient passport service to the Australian public.  The new measure will further enhance the security of the passport issuing process by strengthening the governance and integrity of the passport system to better mitigate the risk of identity fraud and the use of Australian passports for criminal activity.

The proposal aims to ensure that the passport issuing system is robust and highly effective at detecting passport fraud.  To achieve this the Government is providing additional funding for the following security enhancements:

upgrading the Passports Watch Office to a 24 hour, seven day a week operation to enable real-time resolution of travel document issues that arise at Australian and international borders.

Media Inquiries: Mr Downer's office 02 6277 7500 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555