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In this guide, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to apply for an Australian Visa as a South African citizen, including visa requirements, necessary documents, visa fees and more

Information About An Australian Visa From South Africa

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Do I Need A Visa For Australia?

A visa is required for South African passport holders visiting Australia for tourism and business purposes.

South African nationals planning to travel to Australia must obtain a Australian Subclass 600 visa before making travel arrangements.


What is the criteria for an Australian Visa?

South African Citizens must meet the following criteria to get an Australian Visa:

Possess a valid passport with at least one blank page
Provide evidence of financial means to cover your stay
Intend to stay in Australia for a short period as stipulated on the visa
Visiting for purposes of tourism, family visits or business (not work)


What is the process to get an Australian Visa?

Determine the type of visa you need
Gather the necessary documents
Complete the application form
Attend the biometrics appointment

Process Time

How long does it take to process an Australian Visa?

The processing time for an Australian Visa from South Africa can vary depending on the individual circumstances of each applicant and the volume of applications being processed at the time.
Even though it can take some time to get an appointment to capture biometric data, the visa is generally issued within 15 days.
The High Commission does not guarantee processing times, so be sure to submit your application as early as possible.


How much does a visa for Australia cost?

The visa fee for an Australian visa in South Africa cost R2400.

First-time applicants also need to submit their biometric data. This needs to be done at TLS who charges an additional R650.

Should you select to use the service of VisaRequest, the service fee is R900.

Find comprehensive Australian travel visa information here, covering everything you need to know about visa requirements, eligibility, and application procedures for your journey to Australia

How to apply for an Australian Visa from South Africa

You must fill and submit the Visitor Visa Australia Application Form 1419 on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website. Form 1419 includes sections where you’ll need to provide personal details, information about your visit to Australia, details of any family members accompanying you, information about your previous visa applications, and other relevant information.

If you’re a first-time applicant, you will need to schedule a biometrics appointment. Make an appointment with the Visa Application Centre (VAC) to provide your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) at the nearest TLS Office.

Tourist Visa Subclass 600
This applies to applicants who are visiting Australia for leisure and recreation
You must apply for this visa if you are visiting Australia for one of the following reasons:
You are traveling through Australia
You are on an organised tour
You meet friends and family

Business Visa Subclass 600:
This applies to applicants who are willing to make short business trips or to attend any events
You must apply for this visa if you are visiting Australia for one of the following reasons:
You are attending a conference, meeting or training
You are taking part in a sports activity
Employees of a corporation based in another country are also allowed to engage in the following corporate or intra-corporate activities
Share skills and knowledge on a specific internal project with Australian employees of the same corporate group
Receive training in work methods and procedures that are essential for the visitor’s employment abroad
Short-term academic research without compensation

Transit Visa Subclass 771
This allows applicants to transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours.

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Eligibility Criteria for An Australian Subclass 600 Visa

To meet the eligibility criteria for a tourist visa, you will need to prove to the immigration authorities the following things:

  • You have a valid passport
  • You are in good health
  • You have the financial resources required to pay for your expenses while in Australia
  • You have a residence outside Australia and other binding ties that will ensure your return home after you visit Australia
  • You plan to remain in Australia for a specific and limited period
  • You intend to leave Australia at the end of your visit
  • You have no intention to seek or undertake employment while in Australia
  • You have no criminal record
  • You do not pose a security risk
  • You agree to abide by the laws of the land
  • You may be required to undergo a medical examination

Requirements for an Australian Visa from South Africa:

  • Valid Passport: Your passport must be valid for the duration of your intended stay in Australia, with at least one blank page for the visa stamp
  • Completed Visitor Visa Application Form 1419: This form can be found on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website
  • Detailed itinerary required showing dates and full flight itinerary with proof of pre-paid and pre-booked accommodation. For business, provide documents that explain the purpose of your visit to Australia
  • Invitation letter if applicable is a letter from the host in Australia such as a friend or family member confirming your visit and the duration of the stay with a copy of their passport or citizenship
  • Bank letter is a letter from your bank stating you have sufficient funds to travel or bank statements for the past six months
  • Employment letter is a detailed letter from your employer stating the duration of leave granted, the date you commenced your employment and confirmation of your current position. If self-employed, provide evidence of the operation of the business accompanied by a letter on a letterhead indicating the period of absence. If not employed, provide proof of source of income
  • Travel history is evidence of your travel history, such as previous visas, entry/exit stamps from other countries, or any previous visits to Australia can strengthen your application
  • Proof of Ties to South Africa is proof that your stay in Australia is temporary and that you will return to your home country once your visit is over, such as a lease or property ownership, family ties or educational enrollment
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Requirements for an Australian Subclass 600 Visa:

Tourist Visa Subclass 600
Accommodation booking
3 months’ latest bank statements with a sufficient amount
Travel itinerary and travel history
Employment letter or School letter

Business Visa Subclass 600:
Formal Invitation Letter or proof of business activities
Travel itinerary and travel history
Employment letter or School letter

Transit Visa Subclass 771
Flight itinerary
Visa to the country of destination

VisaRequest understands the comprehensive Australian visa requirements, and our expert team will guide you through the necessary documents needed for your Australian visa application, ensuring a seamless application process from South Africa.

Australia visa refusal: The reasons and what to do

If an applicant is ineligible, the application will be refused. An Australian Visa Refusal can be unfortunate because it can ruin your visiting, working, or studying plans. If your application for an Australian visa has been denied, you may have the option to seek a review or appeal of the decision.

The first step is to carefully review the notification of visa refusal provided by the Department of Home Affairs. Understanding the reasons for the denial is crucial in determining your next course of action. Any grounds for inadmissibility according to the Immigration Official may be related to security, human or international rights violations, criminality, organized crime, health, financial reasons, misrepresentation, non-compliance with the Act and inadmissible family member.

Depending on the type of visa and the circumstances of your application, you may have the option to seek a review or appeal of the decision. The available avenues for review or appeal include:

  • Merits Review: By the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) if your visa was refused onshore
  • Ministerial Intervention: By the Minister for Immigration intervenes only in compelling and compassionate cases
  • Judicial Review: By the Federal Court of Australia which focuses on the legality of the decision rather than the merits of the case

It’s important to note that the procedures and timeframes for review or appeal may vary and therefore it’s recommended to act promptly and seek professional advice to maximize your chances of a successful outcome

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Contact the Australian Embassy in South Africa for more information

Australia in Pretoria

292 Orient Street
Arcadia, Pretoria

Australian High Commission

Tel: 012 423 6000

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Australia in Johannesburg

The Forum, 10th Floor
Corner Maud& 5th Streets
Sandton, 2146

Commercial Office in Sandton

Tel: 011 911 4500
Fax: 011 784 0446

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Three Simple Steps To Get Your Visa For Australia

Complete the Application Form
Collect the required documents and pay the visa fee
Schedule and attend the biometric data capturing

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Your your questions answered about Australia Visa Applications in South Africa

    Visitor (subclass 600) visa is a travel visa for people who want to visit Australia for tourism, visiting family or friends or for business visitor activities

    You'll need a valid passport and completed application form together with a proof of funds and the purpose of your visit

    The biometric data is needed for first-time applicants and TLS is their official partner for biometric enrolments.

    The Australian visa fee is R2400 and R450 to capture the biometric data with TLS. Should you require the assistance of VisaRequest, an additional R900 service fee is charged.

    It can take a while to get an appointment, but the visa is issued generally within 15 days after the biometric appointment.

    You need to proof that you can afford your stay in Australia by providing proof of R1000 per day you intend to stay in Australia.

    The duration is granted at the discretion of the immigration officer, and can be for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. It will be indicated on your visa if approved.

    No, tourist visas do not permit you to work or study in Australia. If you wish to work or study, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa or permit.

    While travel insurance is not a requirement for obtaining a tourist visa, it is highly recommended. Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unexpected events during your stay in Australia.

    You will receive a letter from the High Commission explaining the reasons for the refusal, and you may have the option to seek a review or appeal of the decision

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