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Australia: Passport Photo Size and Requirements

Australian consulates in the USA are very picky when it comes to accepting passport photos. Many of our customers had their earlier photos rejected but we were able to help them with photos that were accepted.
Here is what one customer has to say about our service:

"These guys are awesome. I hold dual citizenship with the USA and Australia. When it came time to renew my Australian passport this past month, I had the most horrendous time with the Australian Embassy accepting photos. After a second rejection, I did a search and found these guys. A friend took my picture and I sent them off and voila! I was provided with three sets of photos all at different millimeter heights and I sent them all off (figured one had to work) and I just received my renewed passport yesterday. Thank you so much and I would recommend you all to anybody who is having difficulties getting their passport photos accepted by the Australian Embassy in the USA. Wish I had found you when I first started the process."

- Fiona Sept 09 Facebook

To reduce chances for rejection, please follow the requirements mentioned on their website (we've also transcribed them below).

Australian Passport Photograph requirements

Photograph background

You must use a uniform background to provide a contrast to the face and hair. Preferred background color 18 percent grey Other recommended background colors are light blue, cream, beige, pale grey, white.

Expression and frame

The photograph must show the applicant

Head coverings

Head coverings such as hats or caps are not permitted by Australian passport office.
if an applicant wears a head covering for religious purposes, a photograph of the applicant wearing it will be accepted provided all facial features from the bottom of the chin to the top of the forehead (including both edges of the applicant's face) are clearly shown


Even if applicants normally wear glasses, they do not need to wear them for a passport photograph. If they do:

Facial piercings

Facial piercings such as nose rings and studs are acceptable provided they are worn permanently by the applicant and they do not cause a reflection in the photograph

Hair and ears do not need to be visible in the photo and most hair types (covering the complete frame) are acceptable providing the hair does not cover the face and the face/eyes are visible
Earrings are acceptable provided they do not obstruct the view of the edges of the face. Hair accessories are acceptable provided they do not obstruct the view of any facial feature

Camera, Photo setup:

(Click here if you need New Zealand Passport Photos or need more information about Australian Passports on Australian Government- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website- Australian Passport Office section)

Customer Feedback about our Australian Passport Photo service:

Just wanted to let you know that I was so happy with my Australian passport photos. After going to other places and having countless rejections from the Australian Consulate your photos were the only ones that they accepted.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I will definitely use you again and recommend you to all my friends.
Nov 23rd, 12:30 PM

Comments: I just wanted to say thanks for a great service.

I looked all around Vegas for a photographer who would even consider attempting to take a passport photo to Australian standards, but most either didn't get it at all or simply refused to do anything other than US specifications.

The Australian embassy had no problems with your photos and I have my new passport. I wish I'd checked you guys out earlier and saved myself a lot of fuss!

July, 1st, 1:11 PM

Hi, I picked up the photos. Thank you. You did a great job
thanks again

March 19th, 7:11 PM

Australia passport photo


The basics

Tip: Click here to download a pdf that you can use to validate your photos. Please download and print it. Put your finished photos on it and make sure your photos have the correct head size. Please take a very important note that they look at the crown which is top of the head without hair. You need to assume a person as bald and guess where would the top of the head with no hair. Click here to download the Australian Passport Photo template.

Australian Passport Photos-Quality and style

Photo Validation guide for Adult/Child:

Australia passport photo size

Photo Validation guide for Infant (under 3 years):

Infant passprt photo Australia

On Australian Passport Pictures- Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons: in which case, facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Australian Passport Photos sample

Glasses on Australian Passport Pictures:

If you usually wear glasses, you do not have to wear them for your passport photograph, but if you do they must show your eyes clearly:

Passport Photo size sample

Australian Passport Photos for Children and babies

passport photos for babies

Important/Useful Links:

List and Contact information for various Australian Embassies, high commissions, consulates, multilateral missions and representative offices across the globe.

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