Passports website enters second day of downtime

DFAT cites ‘technical difficulties’.

The Australian passports website remains offline on Wednesday after more than 24 hours of downtime.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade notified users via its twitter account yesterday, citing “technical difficulties”.

A spokesperson for DFAT confirmed to iTnews the Passport Office was still experiencing technical difficulties with its website today but declined to provide detail on the cause.

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We’re hiring

JKVine  is seeking consultants for several engagements in Sydney.

You will possess proven experience, knowledge and skills in the following:
• At least 6 years experience in performance testing
• Proven knowledge, experience and technical understanding of automated performance testing tools
• Proficient in the test tool JMeter
• Proven experience in the planning and execution of Performance testing within medium to large scale software development projects
• Programming experience/expertise in Java, C, C++, SQL as well as in any of the following programming languages: C#, VB, Perl, .Net technologies
• Exposure to both HTTP and WCMS
• Exposure to current commercial technologies
• Ability to document and report status of test progress, risk and issues, and defects
• Proven skills in the development and documentation of risk based performance testing strategies

These engagements are client facing and require good interpersonal and communication skills

JKVine is an equal employment opportunity employer.

In the first instance please send a CV to and we will call you to discuss.

No agencies please.

We value feedback, good or not so good! A happy customer speaks out…

We’re making improvements to our website to include client testimonials as an important feature, we’re just about there with finalising the changes, but meanwhile our blog seems like a good way to showcase how clients feel about the work we do.

The following is unedited from the customer’s email to me:

“I wanted to provide some feedback on our experience of using your performance testing services.

As you know we brought you in to help with testing our website before embarking on a client campaign, we needed to have some load tests done within a short timeframe and in the knowledge we had an immovable deadline that had to be met before the campaign kicked off.

We didn’t have budget for tools but the JK Vine consultant was still able to develop a solution and cover our requirements using JMeter. I am pleased to say as a result of their great work here with load testing and much hard work by others in the team, all went well generally and the solution coped extremely well in peak periods. Thanks Again”