Wednesday, November 30, 2022

$150 for hours in line: Australians pay cash to avoid passport lines

Campbell considers herself very lucky. “I honestly don’t know how my application was completed so quickly,” she said. “I was like – ‘This is crazy’. People I talked to said their passports are taking over eight weeks.

The next morning, he called out to Airtasker with a budget of $90. “While I’m at work, someone needs to wait in line at the passport office in Haymarket,” she wrote. “you can [call] When I’m near the front of the line and I’ll come to see you. ,

After Airtasker chose to queue for several hours, Campbell returned to the line 10 minutes before passport office closing time and was replaced by Airtasker.

Within minutes, he had a passport in hand, and no regrets paying extra for a queuing stand-in. “It was not the line itself – I knew it would take a long time. But the tension of the people around [me] – It honestly felt like we were trying to do a border crossing because it was so frantic and terrifying.

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On Thursday, Assistant Secretary of State Tim Watts said passport office hours were being extended and staff were “trialing” to move customers more quickly.

He said that the Passport Call Center will also have 70 more employees and next week another 250 employees will be employed to help clean up the passport processing backlog. But it will take six weeks for the newly hired employees to be fully trained.

“Processing times are unacceptable at this point,” Watts explained. 3AWMorrison alluding to the government for failing to allocate sufficient resources to the Passport Office department.

“There is no silver bullet. There is no quick fix. But we are hoping that this week and next week slowly the problems will begin to be resolved, especially as people go to call centers.”

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Airtasker boss Tim Fung said the first passport queuing task was listed in the middle of last week. About 15 more have popped up since then.

“The way AirTasker is really a community forum, when someone sees someone else posting a task like this, other people say ‘Oh my god, that’s a great idea. I’m going to do that too’ ‘, They said Herald,

It’s also far from the first gig of this type the stage has seen: People have issued call-outs asking for help getting Air Jordan sneakers or London theater tickets, for example.

And when American burger chain In-N-Out first surfaced in Sydney in early 2016, people posted jobs queuing for it.

“It really set the trend for people doing more and more things like this on the platform.”

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