Visa Application Fee Increase – Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2024

The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2024 (the
Amendment Regulations) is to amend the Migration Regulations to implement the annual
indexation of VACs in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rounded to the
nearest $5. The Amendment Regulations also implement the 2024-25 Budget Decision Visa
Application Charge Uplift. The Amendment Regulations increase affected VACs as in force
immediately before 1 July 2024 from their 2023-24 baseline amount by the 2024-25 CPI of
2.75% as published in the 2024-25 Budget.
The Amendment Regulations also increase the VAC for the Student (Temporary) (Class TU)
visa – including both the Student (Subclass 500) visa and the Student Guardian (Subclass 590)
visa – applying a one-off percentage increase, rather than indexation, in accordance with the
2024-25 Budget Decision Visa Application Charge Uplift. This increase is intended to better
align the cost of the VAC with the value gained by Student visa holders accessing Australia’s
high-quality education system and access to the Australian labour market, including with
limited work rights as a Student visa holder. As of 1 July 2024, the base application charge
component of the first instalment of the VAC for Student visas is increased to $1,600. The
additional applicant charge component for any other applicant who is at least 18 is increased to
$1,190, and the additional applicant charge component for any other applicant who is less than
18 is increased to $390.
The VAC for the Pacific Engagement (Subclass 192) visa and the VAC for secondary
applicants for the Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa in the Pacific
Authorised Version Explanatory Statement registered 30/06/2024 to F2024L00790
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Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) stream have not been indexed as part of the VAC increases
on 1 July 2024. The Subclass 192 visa was inserted into the Migration Regulations in March
2024 (inclusive of a prescribed VAC) with applications able to be made from August 2024.
Legislative amendments were also made in March 2024 to allow for secondary applicants to
apply for a Subclass 403 visa in the PALM stream.
Indexed VACs are calculated from a baseline amount, applying the CPI percentage, and
then rounded to the nearest $5. The Regulations do not impose VACs that exceed the
applicable charge limits set out in the VAC Act

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

2 Jul, 2024

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