Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Can you please provide a specific and updated timeline of when the new R series passports are expected to be available and issued for new applications?
Thank you for your query.
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Thank you for your enquiry dated 16 June 2021 to the Freedom of Information section in DFAT, which has been forwarded to the Australian Passport Office for a response.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the expected release of the next generation of Australian passport has been delayed by 12 to 18 months. The R series passport is now planned for release sometime in mid to late 2022.
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