The Department of Immigration has announced the new scale of 1st Visa Application Charges that are taking effect from the 1st of July, 2018.
Charges for skilled visa applications are increasing as follows:
- Main applicant – A$3,755 currently A$3,670
- Secondary applicants aged 18 or more – A$1,875 currently A$1,835
- Secondary applicants aged under 18 – A$940 currently A$920
These VACs are payable when the visa application is lodged with the Department of Home Affairs.
The Explanatory Memorandum to the Regulations which introduces the increases advises:
… the Regulations amend the Migration Regulations to increase first instalment VACs for a number of visas. On 1 July 2017, most VACs were indexed in accordance with the 2017-18 forecast consumer price index (CPI). The Regulations increase the majority of VACs so that they are increased by the 2018‐19 forecast CPI. In effect, this means that the relevant VACs are increased from their baseline 2016-17 amounts by the cumulative total of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 increases. It is intended that these indexation amendments will be made on an annual basis in future.