Visitor Visa – subclass 600 – Tourist Stream

The purpose of this visa is to allow people to travel to Australia for tourism purposes or to visit family temporarily. The minimum requirements for the Tourist stream of this visa are set out below:

For people travelling to Australia for a holiday or to visit family or friends – The minimum requirements for the Tourist stream of this visa are set out below:

As the visa applicant, you must:

  • genuinely intend to visit Australia for a holiday, to see family and/or friends, or for other purposes that are not related to business/work or medical treatment
  • have access to sufficient funds to cover your costs whilst you are in Australia
  • meet the relevant health and character criteria (this could include a requirement to obtain health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia)

If you are in Australia when your application is lodged, you must be in Australia when your visa is granted. Conversely, if you are outside Australia when your application is lodged, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted.

Visitor Visa – subclass 600 – Tourist Stream

NOTE: If you are the parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you MAY be granted an extended Visitor visa, which could be valid for up to 5 years.

Suppose you are eligible for this extended visa. In that case, you will be allowed to stay in Australia for up to 12 consecutive months per visit (though there is an added restriction that you must spend no more than 12 months in Australia in any given 18-month period). In addition, you must have health insurance covering your stay in Australia, and you will not be permitted to apply for another visa whilst in Australia.

Visa Conditions

Several conditions apply to Visitor visas. In particular, visa holders MUST NOT:

  • work or provide services to any business/organisation in Australia, or sell goods or services to the public whilst in Australia (unpaid genuine volunteer work MAY be permitted)
  • study for more than three months in Australia

Other conditions may also be imposed by the DOHA in some instances, including the requirement that the visa holder not apply for any further visas whilst in Australia.

Are you thinking of applying for a Visitor visa? Contact us today for further information and help with your Visitor visa application.