Are you planning to apply for a visa to Australia? We’ve got some important updates for you! The Australian Government has recently introduced the Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2023 – F2023L00831, bringing changes to visa application fees starting from 1st July 2023. Let’s break it down together and make sure you’re up to speed with all the details! 


First things first, let’s talk about the overall fee increase. Starting from 1st July 2023, visa application fees will see an adjustment of 3.25%, in accordance with the 2023-24 forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI). This slight increase aims to keep the system running smoothly and ensure fair and efficient processing of applications.


Now, let’s dive into the specific fee changes for different visa types. It’s important to note that these changes are aimed at supporting various categories and maintaining a balanced visa system.


For those planning a visit, working holiday, work and holiday, training, temporary activity, and temporary work (short stay specialist) visas, there will be an additional 21% increase on top of the CPI adjustment. The Australian Government understands the value of these experiences and wants to encourage exploration and growth in these areas.


If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or looking to invest in Australia, the fee for business innovation and investment visas will increase by a further 46% in addition to the CPI adjustment. This category holds incredible opportunities for those with innovative ideas and a passion for business.


For all other visa types, a moderate increase of 6% will be implemented in addition to the CPI. This measured adjustment is aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the visa application process while adapting to changing circumstances.


You can see the full Immigration application fee breakdown for each visa subclass here.  


Remember, staying informed is crucial! We encourage you to consult official Australian Government sources for complete details and specific inquiries. Understanding these changes will help you plan ahead and make informed decisions for your visa application process.


Australia offers incredible opportunities and experiences, and these fee adjustments are designed to ensure the system remains fair, efficient, and accessible to all. So, dream big, plan ahead, and embark on your Australian adventure!


Keep an eye out for further updates and announcements, and let’s continue exploring the wonders of Australia together!