Migration news

Visa Fees Increase - 2019 Federal Budget and Migration




The 2019 Federal Budget contains the following announcements and information related to the Department of Home Affairs and the migration program.
VACs to increase

  • Base VACs for visa subclasses, except the Visitor Subclass 600, will increase by 5.4% from 1 July 2019
  • No increase to second instalment VACs
  • Expected to increase revenue by $275 million from 2018/19 to 2021/22


New DAMAs for South Australia and Kalgoorlie-Boulde



Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) have been signed for South Australia and Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The Adelaide City Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement has been signed for 5 years covering 60 occupations. The Regional South Australia DAMA, also for a 5- year period, covers 114 occupations. These DAMAs target agriculture, forestry, hospitality, tourism, health and construction amongst others to fill critical employment gaps. Click here for Minister’s media release.

The new Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA covers 73 occupations and targets mining, engineering, constructions, childcare and health businesses to fill critical employments gaps. Click here for Minister’s media release.

New Five years Parent Visa

The new five year sponsored parent visa, the Subclass 870 Parent (Temporary) Visa, will be open for application on 17 April 2019.

Parents will be able to stay for up to five years at a time without departing and the Department has announced that up to 15,000 per year will be granted.

NB: The introduction of this visa is still subject to introduction of supporting regulations


§  Sponsorship application: $420

§  Visa application charge: $5,000 for 3 years duration, $10,000 for five years duration 

The visa application charge is payable in two instalments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.

Other features include:

§  No Balance of Family test will be applied

§  'No work' conditions will be applied

§  Require health insurance 

§  Must provide evidence of access to funds