Travellers departing Australia are now able to check into their flights on their mobile phones, with airlines granted authorization to issue electronic boarding passes for international services.
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the use of paper-less boarding passes forms part of an overall move towards automation at our borders.
"Last financial year more than 21.4 million travellers were cleared through the border departing Australian international airports. This number will continue to rise," Mr Tudge said.
"These increasing volumes mean we are always looking for ways to clear legitimate travellers efficiently and seek out those of interest to law enforcement.
"This change will cut out the need to visit the check-in desk to show your passport and collect your paper boarding pass.
"Australia is a world leader in seamless travel and this move will allow travellers to move across our border smoothly."
Successfully trialled by the Department of Home Affairs, it is hoped the initiative will streamline departures at Australia’s airports in a similar way to SmartGates, which now process more than 73% of travellers departing the country.
Travellers should speak to their travel agent or contact their chosen airline for more information on the service.
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