Australian SmartGate extended permanently to UK ePassport Holders
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) began a trial on Thursday, 25 July 2013 to open SmartGate to eligible UK citizens arriving at Sydney and Adelaide airports.
On 16 September 2013 the UK trial was rolled out to all remaining airports. The national trial continued until the end of October when the use of SmartGate was permanently extended to eligible UK citizens.
Australian SmartGate kiosk decommissioned in NZ
Customs and Border Protection decommissioned its Australian SmartGate kiosk at Auckland International Airport on 24 October 2012. To continue to self-process, please use the SmartGate kiosk and gate on arrival in Australia.
SmartGate access to be expanded
An additional 20 SmartGate terminals will be installed at Australian international airports by 2014. The additional terminals are expected to boost uptake of SmartGate usage and enable more eligible passengers to get through passport control using their ePassport rather than queuing to have their passport stamped.
SmartGate now available to 16 and 17 year olds
Australian and New Zealand ePassport holders aged 16 and 17 years are now eligible to use SmartGate. The new eligibility criteria for using SmartGate came into effect on 18 January 2012.