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 extra AUD1,000 in addition to all other 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.

If you can’t apply online, learn more about fast-tracking your application from our service partners in:

China

India

the United Arab Emirates

We try 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

Step 2: Gather your documents

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 us that 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:

See more about getting help with your application.

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.

If you are applying on paper, contact our service partners in:

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:

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

  • passport
  • driver’s licence

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 (201KB PDF). 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

Keep a copy of your completed application.

Send

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

Step 3

Apply for the visa

Provide accurate information

Provide accurate information.

See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Apply online

  1. Log in or create an ImmiAccount.
  2. Attach documents.
  3. Submit family applications together.
  4. ​Pay the application fee. We will not process your application until you pay the fee.

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

See the Australian Embassy in China.

Step 4

After you apply

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 (168KB PDF).

Change who you nominate to help with your application

Let us know if you no longer want someone to:

See more about withdrawing your nomination.

Tell us if things change

After you lodge your application but before we have made a decision, 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

Step 5

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.