Media Statement - 28th May 2009
Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, today launched Australia's new N Series passport.
The passport continues Australia's reputation as a world leader in the development and production of secure travel documentation.
The N Series passport is the culmination of a highly successful partnership between Government and business to continually improve Australia's passport.
Each passport incorporates state-of-the-art technology to help curb identity fraud and possible misuse.
It was designed and manufactured by Note Printing Australia, applying the same expertise and technologies developed in printing Australia's bank notes.
The N Series features images of Australia printed throughout the document making every visa page unique. This has resulted in a passport which is very difficult to falsify through page substitution or tampering.
The passport continues to use a laminate developed exclusively for Australian travel documents by the 3M Company.
This laminate incorporates several new tamper-resistant technologies to assist international border control authorities to distinguish the document as a genuine Australian passport.
The N Series incorporates Active Authentication technology on the Radio Frequency Identification chip, developed in cooperation with Sharp Corporation.
This technology enables border inspection authorities to determine that the data is being read from the genuine original chip and not a copy or clone.
It also provides an additional level of confidence to passport holders that their personal details contained on the chip are secure.
The N Series passport will also use carbon neutral environmentally friendly paper.