Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget

Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)

Immigration and Citizenship

Visa Application Charge — increase

Revenue ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Immigration and Citizenship 62.2 71.0 75.9 85.7

From 1 July 2011, the Government will increase a number of visa application charges by 15 per cent. The changes will help offset the wider costs associated with the operation of the migration and temporary entrant program.

This increase in visa application charges will not apply to: tourist visas; student visas; second instalment investor retirement visas; second instalment contributory parent visas (which are increased in line with health, aged care and social security costs instead of by CPI); and humanitarian protection visas lodged in Australia, which are charged at a rate of $30 and not indexed.

A list of visa application charges is available on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website:

This measure will increase revenue by $294.9 million over four years.

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