Australia Post Child Passport Photo Service
One thing that has been top of my list to do since returning to Australia from living in the UK is getting my baby an Australian passport.
My little family is lucky that we all share both Australian and UK citizenship which means we can travel freely between both countries and live in either.
I completed the application for his passport online, but now I had to deal with the part I was dreading – how was I going to get passport photos taken for a 10 month old that met all of the Australian Government requirements? Then I discovered that Australia Post offers this service!
I knew they did this service for adult passports and identification documents, so I was thrilled to find out that participating Australia Post offices also offer services for children’s passports and ID photos.
I went online to the Australia Post ID and Passport Photos page to find my nearest participating Post Office, and after typing in my postcode I found that my local office not only offers the service, it’s open on Saturdays – which was perfect for my weekend plans!
The lovely Australia Post staff member grabbed her camera and gave me instructions on how she was going to take my baby’s photo.
A white background is essential for a successful photo, and as Mini is too little to stand against a wall the staff member laid out a white blanket on the floor and we popped him on top.
Luckily Mini was in a great mood and happily lay and looked directly at the camera. If you’re taking your own baby or toddler in, I would definitely recommend taking them when they are not tired and after they’ve been fed so they’re as happy as possible!
To make sure we got Mini looking at the camera – as per Australian Government requirements – Mini’s dad stood behind the staff member as she took the shots.
After just a few snaps, our photographer was happy that she had the one she needed and the photo shoot was complete! All in all, it was an incredibly quick and easy session.
When we next need to have the kids’ passport photos taken, I wouldn’t hesitate in going back to Australia Post or recommending them to others. The photos were taken so quickly and ready in minutes with no waiting around at all.
We could have finished the passport application during the same visit but decided to complete it at home as I already had the form there.
What is a great weight off our shoulders is that we can be confident that the photos taken will meet the regulations, but on the off chance they are not accepted, Australia Post will let us have them retaken for free.
I am so happy with the service we received at Australia Post for our baby’s passport photos and definitely recommend this service to other families.