I have applied for a visa for a short holiday to Australia and renewed my UK passport accordingly. The passport office have added unexpired time to the expiry date, meaning that it was issued in January 2017 but doesn't expire until September 2027. The Australian Passport Office will not issue a visa as there is more than ten years to expiry. I travel in 5 weeks. Is there a way around this?
There is no rule in Australia that a passport must not be valid for more than 10 years. Almost certainly the consulate didn't know that UK passports can be extended, and as such believed it to be counterfeit.
You should apply online, as it is normally entirely automatically processed (like the ESTA) which is why this would not be a concern at all
Go to this site https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login
Create an account
Click on "New application"
Under "Application group", select "Visitor" and then "eVisitor (651)"
Fill out the registration form and then click "submit applications"
You'll get a confirmation email within 15-20 minutes that the registration has been successful. Then simply take your passport and go to Australia.
PRO TIP: you can now use the Smartgates as a British passport holder. It's an extremely easy automated border crossing system which is simply you scanning the passport at a kiosk, answering some questions, getting a ticket, inserting the ticket into the gate, and getting your face checked by the camera..