I did ask if you can apply and not mention surrogacy, and was advised that if you submit a normal application and it's picked up baby was born in India you may be asked for more information and that will delay issuing the passport.
The reason the extra forms are required is not to single out families whose children were born through surrogacy, but because there is nothing in the Family Law act or Passports Act that covers the situation of children born overseas through surrogacy. Australian Government is being careful and
While initially I felt affronted that my role as mother of my children was being questioned as consent of third party had to be obtained in order for my children to get a passport, now I'm okay about needing to complete a few extra forms. I am fine to share the mummy podium with Rani and Mrs M, two incredible women who gave their hearts, minds and bodies to give Toby and Mishali life.