Aussie travellers hit with 12-week delays

Wait times to renew or apply for a new passport have ballooned to 12 weeks, despite the official recommendation from the Australian Passport Office instructing applicants to allow up to six weeks.

Due to the various travel restrictions and lockdowns, many people have allowed their passports to expire without renewing them (assuming they weren’t going to travel any time soon).

Can the Australian Passports Office really be blamed for the delays caused by the current influx of applications?

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