Australia Subclass 600

Stay

Up to 12 months

Cost

From AUD 145

Processing times

  • 75% of applications: 4 months
  • 90% of applications: 8 months

 

With this visa you can

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise, or for purposes other than business or medical treatment
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Visitor Visa in Australia

You must

  • intend to come to Australia to visit only
  • have enough money for your stay in Australia
  • not work in Australia

 

With this visa you can

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
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You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.

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, we do not consider 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 we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.

How long you can stay

This is a short lived visa.You can stay for the period or dates specified on the visa grant letter. We determine the length of your visa on a case by case basis. Things we might consider 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.

We can grant this visa with one entry or multiple entries. If we grant you a visa with multiple entry, you can leave and re-enter Australia on the visa while it is valid. Generally we grant a stay period of 3 months, but we might grant a stay of up to 12 months in certain circumstances.

It is a condition of this visa that you don’t 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 visit to Australia frequently

Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents

If you are the parent or step-parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you meet all the visa criteria, we might consider granting you a visa for longer than 12 months.

We might grant a visa that lasts up to:

  • 18 months if you have not previously travelled to Australia and either:
    • have not applied for a Parent visa
    • have applied for a Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103) but are not yet in the queue
  • 3 years if you are outside Australia, have previously held an Australian visa and complied with the visa conditions, and either:
    • have not applied for a Parent visa
    • have applied for a Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103) but are not yet in the queue
  • 5 years if you are outside Australia and in the Parent (Migrant)
  • visa (subclass 103) queue

 

We consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.

If we grant you a visa that is valid for more than 12 months you might be able to enter Australia multiple times while the visa is valid.

If you are granted a visa that is valid for 18 months, 3 years or 5 years, your visa might have these extra conditions:

  • you can’t stay in Australia for more than 12 months in total in total in any 18-month period
  • you must have adequate arrangements for health insurance while you are in Australia
  • you can’t apply for another visa within Australia, except for a protection visa

Stay longer

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for another visa.

You can apply for a new visa if your visa does not have a condition that prevents further stay, such as condition 8503. You might be able to request a waiver of the no further stay condition in limited circumstances.
You must not breach condition 8558, no more than 12 months stay in any 18-month period, if it is applied to your visa.

Include family

You can’t include family members in your application. A separate application must be made for every member of your family, including those listed on your passport.

Cost

The visa costs from AUD 145 for each applicant.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

You might be able to request we fast-track your visa application if you hold a passport from:

  • The People’s Republic of China (but not Hong Kong or Macau)
  • India
  • The United Arab Emirates

 

Fast-tracking your application costs AUD 1,000 in addition to the visa application charge.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your application.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 4 months
  • 90% of applications in 8 months

 

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • you don’t fill it in correctly
  • you don’t include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

 

Your obligations

You 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.

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

Travel

If we grant you a visa with multiple entries, you can travel outside Australia and return in line with what we specify in your visa grant letter.

If your visa is granted with single entry and you leave Australia, you can’t re-enter on the visa. You have to apply for another visa to come back.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.​​

Meet our health requirement

You must meet our health requirement.

Meet our character requirement

You must meet our character requirement.

Pay your debts to the Australian government

If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they need to have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Have enough money

You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.

Be a genuine visitor

You must only intend to:

  • stay temporarily in Australia
  • obey any condition and stay period attached to your visa

 

Have health insurance

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

Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Determine more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Best interests of the child

We might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

Check your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, do this before you apply.

Fast-track your application

You can ask us to fast-track your application if you hold a passport and travel from one of these countries:

  • China (but not Hong Kong or Macau)
  • India
  • the United Arab Emirates

Fast-tracking costs an additional AUD 1,000 in additionally to all or any visa costs.

Applicants travelling on Chinese, Indian or UAE passports who want to fast-track their application must complete Form 1472 – Business visitor and Tourist streams Fast-track processing request.

If you are applying online, complete this form in ImmiAccount when you apply.

We attempt to process fast-tracked applications within 2 business days, but we might take longer. We will not refund the fast-track fee if:

  • we take longer than 2 business days
  • we refuse your application

We might not be able to fast-track your application if:

  • you have a health problem
  • there might be an issue with your character
  • we have refused you a visa in the past

Organise health exams
Find out the examinations you might need and how to arrange them.
You can complete your health examinations before you apply or you can wait until we tell you to have them.

Get help with your application

You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you want to, see how to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must let us know if you want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence
  • provide immigration assistance and act for you

Provide accurate information

Identity documents

Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide:

  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name, if applicable, such as:
    • a marriage or divorce certificate
    • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
    • documents that show other names you have been known by

Genuine visitor documents

Provide as much proof as you can to show you are visiting Australia as a temporary visitor only. This could include:

  • Proof you have enough money for your stay and to leave Australia, such as personal bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts, tax records or credit card limit.
  • A letter from your relative or friend in Australia, inviting you to visit. The letter could state:
    • Their relationship to you
    • The purpose of your visit and length of stay
    • If you will be staying with them
    • If this person will be paying for your stay, provide proof of their funds.
  • your plans while in Australia

 

Proof that you have reasons to return home such as:

  • a letter from your employer stating you plan to return to your job
  • proof that you study at a school, college or university in your home country
  • proof that you have immediate family members in your home country
  • proof that you can return home
  • proof that you own a house or other major assets in your home country

Character documents

Provide any military service record or discharge papers, if applicable.

Tell us you are getting help documents

To nominate someone to:

  • Receive your correspondence
  • Provide immigration advice,
  • Act for you but not provide immigration assistance, let us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you).

 

Fast-track your application

You can ask us to fast-track your application if you are travelling on a Chinese, Indian or UAE passport.

Online applications can complete Form 1472 – Business visitor and Tourist streams Fast-track processing request in ImmiAccount when you apply.

Additional documents for parents requesting a longer visa

Parents and step-parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents who are requesting a visa that is valid for more than 12 months should provide us with a letter stating:

  • you are a parent or step-parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • you want to apply for a longer visa

 

You should also provide proof that your child is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

We might ask you to provide proof you have adequate health insurance cover.

Additional documents for applicants under 18

If anyone with a legal right to decide where an applicant under 18 lives is not visiting Australia, they must complete either:

  • Form 1229 – Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years
  • a statutory declaration giving their consent for the child to visit Australia on this visa

 

Include a document with the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a:

  • passport
  • driver’s license

 

Also provide a birth certificate showing the names of both parents. If you can’t provide a birth certificate, provide one of the following:

  • identification pages of a family book showing the names of both parents
  • identification pages of an identification document issued by the government
  • identification pages of a court-issued document that proves your identity
  • identification pages of a family census register

Provide adoption papers or parental court orders, if applicable. If the applicant is not staying with a relative or legal guardian, provide Form 1257 – Undertaking declaration. The person they are staying with must sign the form.

Prepare your documents For online applications Translate Have all non-English documents translated into English. Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating

These details must be in English. Note: You do not need to have any documents certified.
Scan or photograph
Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in colour. The scans and photos must be clear and legible. If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.
For paper applications Translate
Have all non-English documents translated into English. Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating

These details must be in English.
Certify
Do not get police certificates certified. You need to send us the originals. Have all other original documents certified. This includes:

  • non-English documents
  • English translations

Keep
a copy of your completed application.
Send us

  • original police certificates
  • certified copies of all other documents
  • as much information as possible to help us decide on your application
  • each document only once, even if you are using to show more than one thing
  • all documents with your application, if you can

Apply on paper

Complete Form 1419 Application for a Visitor visa – Tourist stream

Apply in Simplified Chinese

You can apply online in Simplified Chinese through an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China if:

  • You are travelling on a passport from the People’s Republic of China
  • You apply from mainland China

 

We will let you know when we have received your application and documents.
There are other things you need to know and might need to do.

Travel
If you applied from outside Australia you must be outside Australia when we decide your visa. Do not arrange to travel to Australia until we let you know, in writing, that we have granted you the visa.

Biometrics
We will let you know if you need to provide biometrics.
Health exams
If you didn’t have health exams before you applied for the visa, have them if we tell you to.
Attach more information
If you didn’t attach all documents when you applied, attach them as soon as you can in ImmiAccount.

We might also ask you to provide more information.
Mistakes on your application

Let us know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application. Complete Form 1023, Notification of incorrect answers.

Change who you nominate to help with your application
Let us know if you no longer want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence – complete Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient
  • provide immigration advice – complete Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance
  • act for you – allow us know in writing by uploading your advice in ImmiAccount, or sending notice to the office you submitted your application to

Tell us if things change

After you lodge your application but before we have made a choice, tell us if things change
Things you need to let us know about include:

  • you want to withdraw your application
  • changes to your phone number, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child


Visa outcome


We will let you know our decision on your visa application in writing. We will tell you:

  • Your visa grant number
  • The date your visa starts
  • Your visa conditions

 

Keep a copy of our decision with you when in Australia.
If we refuse your visa we will let you know in writing. We will tell you why we refused and whether you have a right to a review of the decision.

Coming to Australia

Before you travel

Check your travel documents

You must have:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • a valid passport or other travel document

At the border

Complete an Incoming Passenger Card
Everyone who arrives in Australia must complete an Incoming Passenger Card.

Using the SmartGate
A SmartGate is an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

In Australia

What you must do on your visa

You must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

Tell us about a change in your situation

Things you need to let us know about include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child

What you can do on your visa

This visa lets you:

  • cruise or have a holiday
  • visit family or friends
  • study or train for up to 3 months

Volunteer work tourism schemes
You can’t work in Australia on a Visitor visa, but you might be able to do volunteer work.
Travel on your visa
We grant the visa with either:

  • single entry – if you leave Australia, you cannot re-enter Australia on the visa, or
  • multiple entry – you can leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid

Stay longer
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer.
Prove you have a visa

Leaving Australia

Before you leave

Check your travel documents
You must have a valid passport or other travel document to leave Australia.

At the border

Departures SmartGate
We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

After you leave

International Movement Record 
To prove you have been to Australia, request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records.

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