- Important information
- General information
- Longer Visitor visas for parents
- Frequently asked questions
- Document checklist
- Visa application charge
- Application form
Indian nationals will be able to lodge Visitor visa applications for Australia online from 1 July 2017.
Online lodgement offers benefits such as 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications lodged online.
With the applicant’s permission, the online form can be completed by a third party such as a family member here or in Australia, a travel agent, or our contracted visa application centre, VFS.
Processing times for these visas will now be faster, as both applications and supporting documentation are immediately available to the processing office.
See: Visitor visa
The Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business visitor activities.
Tourism includes holidays, recreation and seeing family or friends.
Business visitor activities may include attending a conference, negotiation or an exploratory business visit.
You cannot work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia or sell goods or services to the public. If you are intending to do short-term work in Australia you should apply for the new Temporary work (short stay activity) visa (subclass 400).
People intending informal study or training for less than 3 months, may also apply for a Visitor visa.
Longer Visitor visas for parents of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents are able to apply for Visitor visas to visit Australia for longer.
The department will grant on a case-by-case basis:
• Visitor visas of up to five years validity which provide a stay of up to 12 months on each entry to those parents who are outside Australia and are in the Parent (subclass 103) visa queue.
• Visitor visas of up to three years validity with 12 months stay on each entry will be considered for parents who are outside Australia and are not in the Parent visa queue.
Please note that a condition will be placed on these visas that restricts the time you spend in Australia to 12 months in every 18 months.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need my original documents to be notarised or witnessed by VFS?
Yes. You need to provide notarised or VFS witnessed copies of your original documents, including your passport. This is required for applications made online and on the paper form.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
We would also encourage you to access this list of Frequently Asked Questions and this useful Document Checklist which will assist you in preparing your application.
Visa application charges
A list of current fees and charges for a Visitor visa is available at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
See: Visa application charges
See: Online applications
See: Application forms