Following the release of the Federal Budget for 2015-16, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced increases in visa application charges (VAC) effective 1 July 2015.
In line with inflation and/or where sustained volume is expected, significant visa application fee increases were made for Significant Investor visa subclasses and offshore Partner visas, with relatively minor changes made on many visa application charges.
Increases in Visa Application charges include:
- 2.3% for GSM, Skilled Graduate, 457, Visitor and Student streams,
- 5% for Temporary Short Term Business, Entertainment, Working Holiday, RRV, Retirement and Contributory Parent streams,
- 10% for Remaining Relative, Carer and Aged Dependent Relative and non-contributory Parent visas,
- 50% for Significant Investor visas and Offshore Partner visas.
The complete list of fee increases from 1 July 2015 for each visa subclass/class is available here.
From 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Australian Customs and Border Protection will be integrated into a new Department, and the Australian Border Force (ABF) will be established within the new Department. Under the new domain, www.border.gov.au, all matters in relation to customs, immigration and citizenships are dealt with in a single department.