Passport Photo Requirements in Australia

Passport Photo Requirements in Australia
Photographs for Australian passports can be taken anywhere, but must comply to certain requirements. In many cases, you will need to go to a photographer or studio that specializes in passport photographs to ensure that the photographs meet Australian specifications.

Number of Photographs

Passport applications must be accompanied by two identical color photographs. Black and white photographs are no longer acceptable.


For new passport applications, the photograph must be signed on the back by a guarantor. The signature must be preceded by the words, "This is a true photo of (your full name)."

Age of Photos

The photographs must be less than six months old. If your photographs are older than this, you will need to have new photos taken.


Passport photographs must be between 35 and 45 mm wide and between 45 and 50 mm high.

Head Size

The subject's head must be centered in the photograph and must be between 32 and 36 mm from chin to crown.


The photograph must be taken against a plain background. White, cream or light blue are preferable.

Article Written By Ma Wen Jie

Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.

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