The embedded chip stores the owner's digitised photograph, name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and the passport expiry date.
This is the same information that appears on the printed information page of every passport.
The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.
Since 1984, to speed up processing of incoming and outgoing passengers and data entry, Australia has been issuing passports with machine readable lines, to ICAO Document 9303 standard.
Since 24 October 2005, Australia has issued only biometric passports, called e Passports, which have an embedded RFID microchip that contains the same personal information that is on the colour photo page of the passport, including a digitised photograph.
Smart Gates have been installed in Australian airports to allow Australian e Passport holders, and e Passport holders of several other countries, to clear immigration controls more rapidly, and facial recognition technology has been installed at immigration gates to capture and save a biometric profile of passport holders as well as to compare against the immigration database and watchlist.
Australia does not use fingerprinting of incoming passengers, as is done by some other countries.
If overseas, this may be done by contacting the nearest Australian diplomatic mission.
Renewals are not available for lost or stolen passports, in which case an application for a new passport must be made.though existing passports held by non-citizen British subjects continued to be valid until each expired.In 1980, large bound book registers were replaced by a computerised processing and registration system, called the Passport Issue and Control System (PICS).Facial recognition technology was introduced with the release of the e Passport to improve identity verification and reduce identity-related fraud.and an Australian passport can in turn be used as an identification document of the passport holder (worth 70 points in the 100 point check scheme).Toward the bottom of the cover are inscribed "Passport" and, below it, the international e-passport symbol ().