Yesterday’s budget increased the Australian departure tax to $47, making it $9 more expensive to leave the country. Not a huge increase in itself but The Age article observes
‘The Tourism and Transport Forum had calculated that even before the latest increase, up to a fifth of the cost of some tickets consisted of government taxes and charges, including an Air Services Australia levy, a meteorological services charge and, at Sydney airport, a noise levy.’
According to the ABC passport fees will also increase by 4 per cent, and visa application fees will jump by $25. Guess I’ll get around to renewing my passport sooner rather than later.