How To Apply for an Australian Visa

Dreaming of venturing Down Under, to the land of adorable koala bears and fierce kangaroos? Australia offers you the best of both worlds, with glorious coastal cities and desert land.

Perhaps your plans of booking a flight to Australia have been hampered by the reality of acquiring an Australian Visa. Well, now you have the advantage of simplifying the Australian visa process by following the checklist we’ve made for a short stay visa and business visitor visa. Soon you’ll be exploring the beautiful wonders of this diverse destination! South African passport holders can apply online for an Australian visa or at a visa application centre in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. You should lodge your visa application well in advance (at least 4 weeks) of your date of departure.

Please note this process is applicable to South African passport holders.

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Types of Visas

  • Tourist (short stay) visa
  • Business visitor visa
  • Temporary work visa (short stay activity)

Visa Processing Time

  • Tourist (short stay) visa – 14 to 27 days
  • Business visitor visa – 8 to 29 days
  • Temporary work (short stay activity) – 10 to 19 days

Validity

A successful application will afford you a single or multiple entry visa for a stay period of up to three, six or twelve months. The Australian government will tell you how many times you are permitted to enter the country on your visa:

  • Travellers might be allowed to enter only once. In this situation, you will have to apply for a new visa if you wish to return to Australia again after you leave.
  • Travellers might be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as they wish while the visa is valid. However, the total time you spend in the country cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.
  • Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date that you will enter Australia.

Visa Costs

Applicants are to make payment at the time of application submission.

Please note no cash payment will be accepted, only debit/credit card payment.

Tourist/Business Visitor (Subclass 600)

Visa payment type Visa Fee in AUD Visa Fee in ZAR
Base application charge 140 1470

Temporary work (Short Stay) (Subclass 400)

Visa payment type Visa Fee in AUD Visa Fee in ZAR
Base application charge 280 2930
Secondary applicant (Additional applicant charge 18+) 280 2930
Secondary applicant (Additional applicant charge under 18) 70 740

*Please note that Rand values are subject to the Australian Dollar to Rand exchange rate.

TLSContact Service Fees

Service Fee
Primary Service Fees

·         Application lodgement and biometric collection – Primary Applicant

·         Resident return Australian visa applications – no biometric collection is required

R1033
Secondary Service Fees

·         Application lodgement and biometric collection – Additional applicant on the same form as the primary applicant

·         Citizenship by descent and Australian Declaratory Visa applications – no biometric collection required

·         Additional Document Drop – For applicants who wish to submit additional documents while her/his application has already been transferred to the DIBP.

R831
Biometric Service Fee

·         Biometric collection only – Applicants who have already lodged online and only require biometrics.

R828

Visa applications can be couriered to the Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg for an additional fee of R130.

TLSContact Bank Details:

HSBC Bank PLC Johannesburg Branch
Account name: TLS CONTACT SA
Account No: 121-015846-001
BIC/SWIFT: HSBCZAJJ

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Australian Visa Requirements

Travellers are advised to do their visa application online, by creating an online account known as ImmiAccount. You will be able to manage your online visa application.

If you are unable to do an online visa application, the alternative method is by applying at a TLScontact Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC).

Be sure to have the following documents ready when applying for your tourist (short stay) visa:

  • A completed and signed Form 1419 – application for general tourists.
  • Certified copies of your passport – the biographical pages with the holder’s photo and personal details.
  • A passport – with at least 6 months validity before the expiry date.
  • One recent passport-sized photo (45 mm x 35 mm) – not older than 6 months.
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • Proof that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay (recent bank statements, pay slips, taxation records or credit card limit).
  • If you are visiting relatives or friends, a letter of invitation from your relative or friend in Australia.
  • Your itinerary for your stay in Australia.
  • Information showing that you have an incentive and authority to return to your home country, such as:
    • Evidence of property or other significant assets owned in your home country.
    • Evidence of immediate family in your home country
    • A letter from your employer stating your intention to return to your job.

What Does the Visa Process Involve?

  • Once at the Visa Application Centre, an agent will check that you have all the required documents. These documents include your passport, a completed application form, your appointment confirmation form, and any additional supporting documents you wish to be considered for your application.
  • Make sure to provide certified copies of original documents.
  • All documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Should there be any documents missing, you can choose to proceed with your application or choose not to submit your visa application and re-apply at a later time.
  • Visa and service fees are non-refundable once you have submitted your application.
  • Once you’ve passed the document review stage, pay the visa application charge and the relevant services at the cashier.
  • You will be notified directly by the Australian Visa Office (DIBP), once your application has been processed and a decision has been made.
  • Upon collection of your documents at the Visa Application Centre, bring along your “Visa Application Checklist” provided by TLScontact, and an original ID document.
  • If you wish to have a third party collect your documents on your behalf, she/he should bring an authorisation letter signed by you.

Business Visitor Visa – Document Checklist

Temporary Work Short Stay Visa – Document Checklist

Health Requirements

All applicants who wish to stay in Australia for 6 months or more require an x-ray and medical examination.

If you have spent 28 days or longer (after 5 May 2014) in the following countries, you will need to provide a certificate against Polio with your visa application:

Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.

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Where Can I Apply for an Australian Visa?

You can apply at the visa application centres located in Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Please note that the Australian High Commission in Pretoria is not open for direct visa application.

Visa Application Centres

Cape Town

Address: Upper Ground Floor, Media Quarter Building, Cnr of De Smidt Street & Somerset Road, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Phone: 012 472 3800
Hours: 08h30 – 15h30

You can reach the Australian visa application centre in Cape Town with ease by using the MyCiti bus service, metered taxis or Uber. There is off-street parking available behind the building that the visa application centre is situated in.

Durban

Address: 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, 3rd Floor, Office Tower, The Atrium, Overport City, Durban
Phone: 012 472 3800
Hours: 08h30 – 15h30

Buses, metered taxis and Uber are available to get you to the Australian visa application centre in Durban. There is ample parking available in the adjacent complex.

Johannesburg

Address: 2nd Floor, 24 Central, 6 Gwen Lane, Corner of Gwen and Fredman Drive, Sandown, Sandton
Phone: 012 472 3800
Hours: 08h30 – 16h00

There are metered taxis and Uber available to get you safely to the Australian visa application centre in Johannesburg. If you’ll be driving, there is sufficient parking in the parking lot of the building where the visa application is situated.

Pretoria

Address: 1st Floor, Menlyn Corner, Gobie Street, Corner of Lois/Atterbury Road, (Opposite to Menlyn Park

Shopping Centre) Menlyn, Pretoria

Phone: 012 472 3800
Hours: 08h30 – 16h00

There is parking available at the entrance of the complex in which the Australian visa application centre in Pretoria is situated.

Australian High Commission (Pretoria)

Address: 292 Orient Street, Cnr Schoeman Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Telephone: 012 423 6000 / 012 342 8442
Email: pretoria.info@dft.gov.au
Hours: Monday to Friday: 08h00 – 16h00

The Australian Embassy is a 7-minute walk from the city centre of Pretoria. There are metered taxis, Uber and buses for you to travel to and from the Australian Embassy.

Check out the City of Tshwane’s website for bus route timetables. If you’re travelling by car, there is parking available in front of the Australian Embassy (Pretoria) complex.

 How to book an appointment

  • Book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre by registering on their website. Usually, visa applicants can book an appointment for the following working day. This might change during high season.
  • When applying through TLScontact, the entire application process at the Visa Application Centre should take about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • The appointment includes the biometrics test.

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Where to Print Documents and Photos

In Cape Town

Digital Express

Address: 2 Long Street, Cape Town
Phone:  021 421 2122

Cameraland

Address: 68 Long Street, Cape Town
Phone: 021 423 4150

In Durban

PostNet GreenAcres

Address: Fair View, Shop G14 The Bridge Mall, Ring Road, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth
Phone: 041 363 3606

Foto First

Address: Shop G48, City View, 10 Matthews Meyiwa Rd, Greyville, Durban
Phone: 031 309 8928

In Johannesburg

Jetline

Address: Shop G06, 2 Merchant Place, 1 Fredman Drive, Sandown, Johannesburg
Phone: 011 784 2095

 In Pretoria

Copy Express

Address: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

cnr Atterbury & Lois Ave

Phone: 012 348 2126

Gateway International Café

Address: Shop No. LF33, Menlyn Park, Atterbury Rd, Menlo Park, Pretoria
Phone: 012 368 1323

*Disclaimer!

All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi Mandy Alexander

    I really appreciate your work. it helped me save my time

    Thank you

  2. Good day.
    Please let me know what I am required to take with me when I go to the Australian Visa Application Centre to apply for a visa. I wish to visit my daughter and her family who recently emigrated to Perth.
    Thank you,
    Denise Grant

    • Hi Denise,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to read through our Blog: “How To Apply for an Australian Visa” there is a section called “Australian Visa Requirements”

      https://goo.gl/FCGmy6

      Just a heads up, visa requirements can change at anytime. “Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.”

  3. My ‘Online’ application was successful and confirmed.
    All I need to now is to make an appointment with a TLS centre.
    In my case the nearest is Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
    The webpage is not working and I cannot even find a contact phone number!
    Please help!!

    • Hi Martha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this it is best to contact the Australian High Commission (Pretoria) (012) 423 – 6000 or (012) 423 – 6060 (08h30-11h30)
      or TLScontact – Australian Visa Application Centre Telephone No +27 (0) 12 472 3800 (International call rates apply)

      They will be able to assist.

      Enjoy your holiday in Australia. Happy Travels!

    • HI Martha – did you apply via IMMI? Did you have to supply an unabridged birth certificate even if you are almost at retirement age?? How did you get hold of TLS? I cannot seem to make an appointment via the website. It shows dates and times but you cannot select anything..

    • Hi Martha.
      Did you just complete the 20 Steps on the website and attach documents? Did you physically fill in the 1419 form as well and attached that too?

      Regards
      Ettienne

  4. My name is Busi am 28 years old I married got 3 kids 12 years and 10 years and 7 year husband 25 we thinking to sell our house we what to start a new life at London Australia are new Zealand am not working and my husband also not working so can please help us with the visas

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialise in visas. For this you will need to contact the Embassy of the country you are thinking of moving to. They will be able to advise if it is possible to move there and if so what the correct procedures are, what documents are required and the cost involved.

  5. Hi,
    Our family who live in Cape Town, South Africa, need to attend our daughters wedding in Australia on the 21st April 2018.
    I have a 19 yr old son that is studying at Kenyon University in Ohio, USA.
    He will need to travel to Australia directly from the US!
    How do I apply for a visa for him when he has his passport with him or is the original passport not needed in the application process but just certified copies of it?

    Really appreciate you urgent answer!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you need to contact the Embassy direct to see if he would be able to apply for an Australian visa in the US or if he would need to fly back home to apply. To my knowledge one this is one of the requirements/documents required when applying.

      The Embassy will be able to advise on the correct procedures to follow.

  6. Hi there

    I am going to visit my sister in Perth in May, upon checking now, my passport expires in April, so urgently going for a renewal. How long before i leave when dates are confirmed do i have to apply for my visa to Australia.

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Theresa,

      We do mention the following in the Blog: You should lodge your visa application well in advance (at least 4 weeks) of your date of departure.
      and it can take for a Tourist (short stay) visa – 14 to 27 days to process.

      I would contact the Embassy and see how far in advance you can apply. Some countries you can apply up to 3 months prior to departure. This could also be for Australia.

  7. good day
    can you help me and my husband and two kids want to travel to Australia for a visit ..our friends invited us will be staying at their house,but visa process will do it on our own.them they will fax the invitation letter..how much roughly should we have in our accounts for visa process
    thanks

    • Hi Desiree,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’ve looked under visa requirements when applying for an Australian visa however it is now stated the amount required.

      Please contact the Australian High Commission Telephone No : (012) 423 – 6000 or (012) 423 – 6060 (08h30-11h30) and they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

      or

      TLS contact – Australian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : +27 (0) 12 472 3800 (International call rates apply)

  8. I live in NZ with a NZ permenant residency . Hold a South African passport. I want to visit a relative in Australia . So I need a Australian visa . How do I go about it to get this visa.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Please contact the Australian Embassy in New Zealand.

      They are the ones granting the visa’s and will be able to advise you on the correct procedures to follow, what documents would be required and the cost.

  9. I have assisted my father with his online VISA application. They received a document stating that their VISA’s were granted. There was no mention of having to go for Biometrics… should this still happen, or only on request?

    • Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If the Embassy has not asked for Biometrics as the time of application and your visa has already been granted this should be fine.

      However as we are not the ones granting the visa’s I would recommend contact the Embassy direct as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

  10. Hie is it possible to apply anytime in july for visas,but travelling in december
    Thank you

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I don’t think it’s possible to apply 6 months before date of travel.

      Best to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency, they will be able to advise how far in advance one is able to apply for their visa.

      Their contact details:

      Australian High Commission (Pretoria) (Not open for direct lodgement)
      Telephone No : (012) 423 – 6000 or (012) 423 – 6060 (08h30-11h30

      TLScontact – Australian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : +27 (0) 12 472 3800 (International call rates apply)
      Web Address : au.tlscontact.com http://www.teleperformance.com

  11. Hi

    I am currently completing my application on the ImmiAccount website. I am stuck at the “Attach document” section.
    It is necessary to attach a completed 1419 form ? Or is this form build into all the info that I supplied when filling in the 20 steps? As there is mention made of the 1419 form on the ImmiAccount website.

    Thanks

    • Hi Ettienne,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      Our content writer when doing research has mentioned the following:

      A completed and signed Form 1419 – application for general tourists.

      So this would need to be completed when doing the application for the visa.

      You welcome to contact the Embassy direct as they would be able to provide you with the most up to date information confirming if they are still requesting this as before or if procedures have since changed.

  12. My son is in Cornwall in the UK, and will be coming back to SA on the 28/29 august.
    He is trying to apply for a Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) for Australia to be in Australia at the end of September 2018…He was in Australia in April 2018 on a visitors visa for 2 weeks. Is it possible for him to apply for another visa while in the UK?

    • Hi Nadine,

      For this it’s best to get in touch with the Embassy. I’m not sure if this is still possible as well as it also depends on what visa your son is currently on while in the UK.

      As the Embassy’s are the ones granting the visa’s please contact them direct and they will be able to provide the most up to date information.

  13. Nice post…i agree with you..

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