Since 2005 all newly issued Australian and New Zealand passports have been ePassports. They will eventually replace the traditional passports. Already there are 1.5 million New Zealand ePassports in circulation. All ePassports are identified by the international ePassport symbol.
The ePassport has an embedded microchip. The chip in your ePassport contains only the information that already appears on the photo page – that is, name, nationality, birth date, birth place, sex, date of issue, and date of expiry – and a digital version of your photograph.
The ePassport is very secure. Your information is digitally encrypted in your ePassport chip, which can be read by the SmartGate system.