Passport Renewal / Application - Time Taken?

Just put my renewal paperwork in. Will see how long it takes to get back.


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Have had this passport since 3Q 2014.
 
Old on the left, new on the right, and that’s after leaving the new one under some weight this morning. Also ten years with the old one, and it’s still in perfect nick.
 

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I haven't had time to get down to the Australian High Commission in London to have mine looked at (and tell me what I know due to the faulty chip) and am travelling for the next 5 weeks anyway, so will deal with the check (and likely forced renewal) when I get back. While I wince that the passport will only be 1 year old when I do take it in to them, it's 55% full at least so that helps takes a bit of the sting out as I was going to need to renew (again) in 12 months time anyway.
 
I assumed mine got wet/damaged in some way in transit but seeing this looks like a common issue…
I picked mine up straight from the passport office and had it in my bag until I got home where it has sat ever since. I think humidity causes it. But why? Never been a problem before.
 
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I just had some Japanese store barcode scan my main chip page for tax free. I wonder if this is a new thing built in somewhere.
 
I did my renewal 3 weeks ago. Submitted at the post office on Friday afternoon and received in the post, on the following Friday.
 
[Slightly OT] Interesting seeing the improvement in AU turnarounds. Been reading blogs online where US citizens are reporting many weeks to months in some cases to get a passport and expedited is 2-3 weeks minimum.
 
Most of the problem with AU passports would have been everyone who would have renewed in 2020-2022 all renewed at the same time in 2023. With all those processed, they are back to 2019 processing times.

They just need to sort out these reported defective chips and curling cover issue
 
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They just need to sort out these reported defective chips and curling cover issue
Have these 2 issues been dealt with effectively? Can anyone say they have received a PP with a cover that does not curl?
 
Have these 2 issues been dealt with effectively? Can anyone say they have received a PP with a cover that does not curl?
I'm going to delay taking mine in to be looked at until I'm back from my travels in late May, so if no one reports back between now and then, I'll provide an update in June which I will likely be given another (paid for no doubt) passport.
 
Applied for Miss TCs US passport yesterday and doing her Aussie one Monday. Hopefully both arrive quickly ahead of our June trip.
 
I asked the passport office about this, they are aware of the problem and their advice is that storing the passport in a tight case should help prevent curling
 
I asked the passport office about this, they are aware of the problem and their advice is that storing the passport in a tight case should help prevent curling
The curling returns after about an hour outside of a case or after removing a weight from on top.
 
I got the notice of passport being sent back on Thursday with the auspost tracking number.
According to the tracking, it has not moved since it was scanned on Thursday afternoon. :oops: 😅
 

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