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Migrate to Australia

Argus International has a team of registered migration experts who will provide you with the best paths for you to take should you wish to work in or migrate to Australia. We help you realize your dream of working and living in Australia.

Our migration experts advise you in

What can you do?

  • participate in an eligible course of study in Australia
  • travel in and out of Australia
  • work up to 40 hours every fortnight period once your course starts

What can’t you do?

  • Work full-time while your course is in session
  • Be involved in any criminal activities

How long can you stay?

  • Your visa can be up to 5 years, depending on type of course and duration of the course
  • To continue studying in Australia, apply for a new student visa.

What Afterwards?

  • If you complete specific qualifications, you may be eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485), which may be of 2 years’ duration;
  • Engineering graduates may be eligible for a Skill Recognition Graduate Visa (Subclass 476). This visa may be up to 18 months.
  • Any further visas may be applied for, depending on the circumstances. For advice on which visa may be applicable to you, please contact us at info@argusedu.com

Family Visa

  • You can include your spouse or de facto partner in your visa application, along with minor dependent children.
  • Family members can travel to Australia after your arrival as well. However, family members must be declared at the time of your visa application, as later visa applications from family member will not be considered should their information not be included in your visa application.

Cost

  • A Student visa (Subclass 500) costs from AUD 620 for the main applicant, unless they are exempt from paying. Each additional family member who applies for the visa; with additional costs that may be incurred for various tests and reports.

Application Location

  • You can apply for a visa in or outside Australia. The applications are decided upon by the Department of Home Affairs, Austraila.

Documents Required

  • One or more Confirmation of Enrolments (CoE) from your chosen education provider. Your main course will be the course having the highest level in the AQF standard.
  • Financial documents to prove you or your sponsors are able to support your studies while in Australia.
  • English language report to match the requirement of the course according to the AQF requirement. Most health-related courses have higher language skill requirement than other courses.
  • Evidence of Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC).
  • When applying with a package of courses, you need to make sure that the gap between two courses is not more than 2 months long, unless one course ends at the end of a standard academic year and the next session is set to start at the beginning of the following academic year.
  • Visa is generally granted for the entire package of courses.

Processing Timelines

The applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether a complete application was lodged, including all necessary supporting documents;
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information;
  • how long it takes to perform the required checks on the supporting information provided;
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program.

See more information on Global visa and citizenship processing times

Your obligations

Various visas will have various conditions. See which conditions are attached to your visa.

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid. You cannot extend your visa for the duration spent outside Australia.

Permanent Residency can be applied through three streams:

  • Family-stream permanent residency visa:
    • partners, children, parents or dependent relatives of an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or Eligible New Zealand citizen
    • children being adopted or in the process of being adopted outside of Australia
    • carers who need to move to Australia to provide long-term care for an approved relative.
  • Work-stream permanent residency visa:
    • These are for workers who have an Australian employer sponsoring them to work in Australia, or have skills that Australia values.
  • Business or investment-stream permanent residency visa

 

Entitlements

An Australian permanent resident and an Australian citizen are not the same.

As a permanent resident of Australia, you generally can:

  • remain in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare
  • apply for bank loans to buy property
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • travel to and from Australia for as long as your travel facility permits. Please see Overseas travel as a permanent resident.
  • attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • work in New Zealand

You may also qualify for other government benefits and services. If you hold a permanent visa, but you are not residing in Australia, your eligibility for the above may be impacted. Contact the relevant government departments or authorities to confirm your rights and obligations.

Unlike Australian citizens, a permanent resident generally cannot:

  • have an Australian passport
  • vote in Australian Government elections unless you enrolled (as a British subject) before 26 January 1984
  • access student loans
  • join the Australian Defence Force
  • obtain ongoing work in the Australian Government
  • return to Australia from overseas without a valid travel facility (you do not have automatic right of entry to Australia). See Overseas travel as a permanent resident.

Overview

This visa is With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme- Medicare
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

Travel to and from Australia

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date, this visa is granted. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

How long can you stay?

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

You become a permanent resident on the day the visa is granted.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts:

  • on the day the visa is granted if you are in Australia
  • on the day you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia.

Include family

You can include your dependent child in your application when you apply for the combined temporary and permanent visas.

If you did not include your dependent child in your temporary visa application, you can still add them to your application before a decision is made on your permanent visa application. The child must:

  • usually hold a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) and
  • be in Australia

Complete Form 1002 Application by a subclass 445 dependent child for a permanent partner visa (281KB PDF) and attach it to your ImmiAccount.

Your children must meet the health requirement. If they are 16 years or older they must also meet character requirement.

Cost

You paid for this visa when you applied for the combined temporary and permanent partner visas.

You might have to pay other costs such as those for health checks or police certificates.

Processing times

  • 75% of applications: 13 months
  • 90% of applications: 21 months

The assessment will take longer to process if:

  • you don’t include all the required documents
  • the department needs more information from you
  • it takes time to verify your information

Your obligations

You and your children must obey all Australian laws.

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia until the department decides your permanent partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 801) or that application is withdrawn
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare

How long you can stay

Stay on the visa until the decision is made on your permanent visa (subclass 801) application.

For most applicants, this stay is from 15 to 24 months.

Applicants who have been in a long-term relationship before they apply might not have to stay on the subclass 820 visa at all. The permanent visa may be granted immediately after the temporary subclass 820 visa is granted.

Include dependent children

You can include a dependent child or children in your application:

  • when you submit your application, or
  • after you submit your application but before your temporary visa is decided

These dependants must:

  • meet the Australian health requirement
  • meet the Australian character requirement
  • be in Australia

You can also add a dependent child after the temporary visa is granted.

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia for between 2 to 4 years after you have finished your studies
  • travel, work or study in Australia during your stay

You must find your own employment while on this visa. The Department are not responsible for arranging employment.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. The length of your stay in Australia will depend on the level of your Australian study qualification.

  • bachelor degree (including honours): 2 years
  • masters by coursework: 2 years
  • masters by research: 3 years
  • doctoral degree: 4 years

Stay longer?

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.

You might be eligible for other skilled work visas. Contact us for more information at info@argusedu.com.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

You can add your children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You can’t add any other member of the family unit to your application during that period.

Your family can also apply to join you in Australia as a subsequent entrant after your visa is granted.

Cost

The visa costs AUD1,650 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

Subsequent entrants must pay the full visa application charge.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks or police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

The subclass 485 visa is exempt from the subsequent Temporary Application Charge.

Apply from

You must be in Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply, and if the department grants your application.

Subsequent entrants can be in or outside Australia when they apply and when they are granted the visa.

Processing Timelines

Your application can take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • the department needs more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

The department cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. You will be notified if this is the case and if necessary, return your application.

Your obligations

You and your family must maintain adequate health insurance and follow all Australian laws.

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • visit family or friends
  • be in Australia as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
  • You can study or gain a training of 3 months or less. A longer study or training would require you to obtain a Student Visa (Subclass 500) But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa will be more appropriate.
  • You are not allowed to work on a Visitor Visa

Cruise

You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise.

If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia – that is, it is not considered that you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa.

Ask your cruise operator or travel agent if your cruise is considered to be a round trip cruise.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa and you can stay for the period or dates specified on the visa grant letter. The length of your visa is decided on a case by case basis. Things that might be considered when determining your stay period include:

  • how long you want to stay
  • why you want to stay in Australia

You might not be granted the length of stay you want

This visa is granted as one entry or multiple entries. If you are granted a visa with multiple entries, you can leave and re-enter Australia on the visa while it is valid.

It is a condition of this visa that you do not stay in Australia for a total of more than 12 months in an 18-month period. If you currently hold a Visitor visa, a Working Holiday visa, a Work and Holiday visa or a bridging visa, and grant of this visa would mean you stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months, you will need to show there are exceptional circumstances.

Consider the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream if:

  • you hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China and
  • you travel to Australia frequently

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen
  • Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

How long can you stay?

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

You become a permanent resident on the day you are granted the visa.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day:

  • You are granted the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add them after you lodge your application but before the department decides on your visa.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet the health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, you must provide the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident).

Cost

The visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to do so by the Department. The payment is asked only if you are going to be granted the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,885.

The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa but not in immigration clearance when the visa decision is being made.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be processed.

Processing Timelines

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program

Travel

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

How long can you stay?

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant.

You become a permanent resident on the day the visa is granted.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day:

  • You are granted the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add them after you lodge your application but before the department decides on your visa.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet Australian health and character requirements. Family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, to assist the department in processing your visa please tell us the reason why.

Cost

The visa costs AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to. You are asked for the charge only if you are going to be granted the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,885.

The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when the decision of your visa application is made but not in immigration clearance.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a Subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a Subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be valid.

Processing Timelines

The DHA processes applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program

Travel

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date, you are granted the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) Visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia for 4 years from the date the visa is granted
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

Specified Region

Applicants nominated by a State or Territory government agency

If a State or Territory government agency nominated you for this visa, and your visa was granted before 16 November 2019, you will need to live work and study only in a regional and low population growth metropolitan area. This applies to members of your family unit who are also holders of the visa.

If your visa was granted on or after 16 November 2019, you will need to live, work and study in a designated regional area.

Your nomination must not be withdrawn or you will not be granted the visa.

Applicants sponsored by an eligible relative

If an eligible relative sponsored you for this visa, you will need to live, work and study only in a specified area of Australia, even if your visa was granted after 16 November 2019. This applies to members of your family unit who are also holders of the visa.

This postcode list is different to the designated regional area postcode list that apply to regional visas from 16 November 2019.

The Minister must accept your sponsorship or you will not be granted the visa.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 4 years from the date the visa is granted.

Stay longer?

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. Explore your visa options.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you submit your visa application
  • add a dependent child after you submit but before the decision on your visa application is made.

Cost

From AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to. You are asked for the charge only if the visa is to be granted.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,890.

The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Fast-tracking your application costs AUD1,000 in addition to the visa application charge.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply for the visa and when DoHA decides on your application.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be valid.

Processing Times

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Health Insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what is considered adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Travel

You can travel out of Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia for 4 years in total from the date you were granted your subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residency, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

Specified Region

Nominated applicants

You don’t need to be nominated again for the Extended stay pathway visa. If a state or territory government agency nominated you for your current skilled visa, you will need to live, work and study in regional and low-population growth metropolitan areas.

Sponsored applicants

You do not need to be sponsored again for the Extended stay pathway visa. If a relative sponsored you for your current skilled visa, you will need to live, work and study only in a specified area of Australia.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for a total of 4 years from the date your subclass 475, 487, 495 or 496 visas is granted.

You can check your current visa status in VEVO.

Stay longer?

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.

If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you might be eligible for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You can:

  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add a dependent child after you lodge but before a decision to your application is reached.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, tell the department the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident).

Cost

From AUD360 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when you are asked to. The payment is only requested if the DHA is going to grant the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,890.

The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply for the visa and when the DHA decide on your application.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be valid.

Processing Times

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Health Insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what is considered adequate health insurance.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Travel

You can travel out of Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa

Overview

With this visa you can:

  • stay in Australia while the visa is valid
  • live, work and study in a specified region of Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence, if eligible, through the Skilled—Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887)

Specified Region

Applicants nominated by a State or Territory government agency

If the primary visa holder of your family unit was nominated by a State or Territory government agency, and your visa was granted before 16 November 2019, you will need to live, work and study only in a regional and low population growth metropolitan areas.

If your visa was granted on or after 16 November 2019, you will need to live, work and study in a designated regional area.

Applicants sponsored by an eligible relative

If the primary visa holder of your family unit was sponsored by an eligible relative, you will need to live, work and study only in a specified area of Australia even if your visa was granted after 16 November 2019. This postcode list is different to the designated regional area postcodes that apply to regional visas from 16 November 2019.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. You can stay until the visa that your family member holds ends.

Stay longer?

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.

If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you might be eligible for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887).

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you submit your visa application
  • add a dependent child after you submit but before the DHA decide on your visa application.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia might also need to meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application, tell the department the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident).

Cost

From AUD4,045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. Pay it only when the DHA ask you to. You are asked for the charge only if DHA is going to grant the visa.

The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,890.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply for the visa and when DOHA decides on your application.

If you apply in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a subclass 010 Bridging A visa, a subclass 020 Bridging B visa or a subclass 030 Bridging C visa, otherwise your application will not be valid.

Processing Times

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Health Insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what is considered adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Travel

You can travel out of Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

Overview

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws. The DHA reviews decisions made by Australian Government ministers, departments and agencies and, in limited circumstances, decisions made by state government and non-government bodies. They also review decisions made under Norfolk Island laws.

Functions and powers

Jurisdiction

The Department can only review a decision if a law states that the decision can be reviewed by the AAT. The DHA can review decisions made under more than 400 Commonwealth Acts and legislative instruments. The most common types of decisions that are reviewed relate to:

  • Child support
  • Commonwealth workers’ compensation
  • Family assistance, paid parental leave, social security and student assistance
  • Migration and refugee visas and visa-related decisions
  • Taxation
  • Veterans’ entitlements.

The DHA also reviews decisions relating to:

  • Australian citizenship
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil aviation
  • Corporations and financial services regulation
  • Customs
  • Freedom of information
  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Passports
  • Security assessments by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

The DHA can also review decisions made under a small number of Norfolk Island laws, including decisions about building, land valuation and planning.

The DHA may not always the first step in having a decision reviewed. In some cases, they cannot review a decision until there has been an internal review of the primary decision or review by a specialist body like the Veterans’ Review Board.

The DHA may also conduct a second review of certain decisions that have been reviewed in the Social Services & Child Support Division. A second review is conducted in the General Division.

Find out more about the types of decisions the AAT can review.

Review of decisions

The Department reviews decisions “on the merits”. This means that they take a fresh look at the relevant facts, law and policy and arrive at their decision. They must make the legally correct decision or, where there can be more than one correct decision, the preferable decision.

The Department has the power to:

  • affirm a decision
  • vary a decision
  • set aside a decision and substitute a new decision, or
  • remit a decision to the decision-maker for reconsideration.

The Department aims to provide a review process that:

  • is accessible,
  • is fair, just, economical, informal and quick,
  • is proportionate to the importance and complexity of the matter, and
  • promotes public trust and confidence in the decision-making of the Tribunal.

The review process varies depending on the type of decision being reviewed.

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