The design of Australian passports complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and has a maximum limit of 31 characters and spaces for each of the family and first name fields.

Where an applicant has a family or first name that is longer than 31 characters and spaces, then the applicant will have recorded in the passport as many family and first names as possible within the respective fields and in the same order as recorded on the cardinal document. All other names must be represented in the name field by their initials (without any full stops).

Where this approach is necessary because of the applicant’s length of name, an observation is to be included in the passport stating the full name of the bearer.