My wife and kids have applied for renewal of their passports at the mobile passport mission in Melbourne at 21 March 2015.
We got the new passports 10 July 2015–a turn-around time of almost 4 months.
The passports have a date stamp of 08 June 2015.
To the credit of the folks at the embassy and consulate, it was a fairly hassle-free process.
To check on the status, its important to know that one should check the Philippine Embassy site and not the consulate site.
I ended up following up by calling the Canberra Embassy office. Spoke with someone who was quite friendly. On learning that the passports had already expired, he told me I did not have to mail the old passports to the Canberra office. He just arranged to mail the new passports. In my case, I used a parcel collect address which I find to be quite convenient for receiving parcels.
The cost was $118 per adult. $108 for kids. This had to be paid with a postal money order–and there are no other options, which is kinda restrictive and odd. One would hope officials will realise there is added cost (of $8.95) because of this payment type, and do something to offer other alternatives.
The mew passport information will need to be updated with Australia’s department of immigration.