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Australian passport wait times: Julia Morris caught in holiday backlog

Julia Morris complains about waiting SEVEN WEEKS for her daughters’ passports to arrive – but why didn’t she pay the extra cash to fast-track it?

Comedian and TV presenter Julia Morris has joined the chorus of disgruntled Aussies complaining about the long passport wait times.

The I’m a Celebrity host, 54, revealed on Tuesday she had been waiting seven weeks for her daughters’ passports to arrive.

‘Seven weeks today… and still no word. Australian child passport renewal… how long did you wait?’ she wrote on Instagram.

Comedian and TV presenter Julia Morris (pictured) has joined the chorus of disgruntled Aussies complaining about the long passport wait times 

She added the hashtags ‘I guess we’re going nowhere’ and ‘school holidays’.

Julia also shared a photo of her receipt confirming she’d requested two child passports on May 17 using the standard service which typically takes six weeks.

Those wishing to renew or apply for an Australian passport have been forced to wait for as long as three months.

For millions who were unable to book a trip in two years due to Covid, the passport delays have meant some will have to postpone or cancel their holidays altogether.

The I'm a Celebrity host, 54, revealed on Tuesday she had been waiting seven weeks for her daughters' passports to arrive. 'Still no word. Australian child passport renewal… how long did you wait?' she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her receipt

The I’m a Celebrity host, 54, revealed on Tuesday she had been waiting seven weeks for her daughters’ passports to arrive. ‘Still no word. Australian child passport renewal… how long did you wait?’ she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her receipt 

With 2.4 million passports expiring over the course of the pandemic, processing times have doubled since October 2021.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has advised holidaymakers to allow six weeks for their new passport, however many say they have waited longer.

Citizens can choose to pay an extra $225 on top of the $308 application fee for their passport to be priority processed in two days.

Those wishing to renew or apply for an Australian passport have been forced to wait for as long as three months. Citizens can choose to pay an extra $225 on top of the $308 application fee for their passport to be priority processed in two days

Those wishing to renew or apply for an Australian passport have been forced to wait for as long as three months. Citizens can choose to pay an extra $225 on top of the $308 application fee for their passport to be priority processed in two days

However, it appears a four-week backlog has also caused these wait times to soar.

Sydney’s passport office usually receives 7,000 to 9,000 applications every week, however requests in recent months have ballooned to 12,000.

It remains a similar story at the Melbourne office, where desperate Aussies – including mothers with children – have spent three hours waiting in the cold. 

Julia Morris is seen here at the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on June 19

Julia Morris is seen here at the Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on June 19

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