From 23 March 2013 this visa is no longer open to new applicants.
You will now need to apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream.
See: Visitor Visa (subclass 600)
For a short period, applicants may continue to be eligible for online lodgement of the Tourist Visa (subclass 676).
Tourist Visa (Subclass 676)
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To be eligible for this visa you must have a genuine intention to visit Australia as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and friends.
If you lodge your application while in Australia, you must also be in Australia at the time a decision is to be made on your application.
If you lodge your application while outside Australia, you must also be outside at the time a decision is to be made on your application.
You must also meet the following eligibility requirements.
You must meet certain health requirements.
See: Health Requirements
Medical treatment in Australia can be very expensive. As a tourist, you are not covered by Australia's national health scheme, unless there is a reciprocal health care agreement between Australia and your country. Health care for visitors to Australia is explained on the Medicare Australia website.
See: Medicare Australia Health Care for visitors to Australia
It is recommended that you take out health and/or travel insurance for yourself and your family for the duration of your stay in Australia. You may be asked to provide evidence that you have health/travel insurance or adequate funds to pay for emergency medical treatment while in Australia to satisfy the financial requirements for this visa.
Additional Health Insurance requirements for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents
If you are the parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, are applying from outside Australian and want a visitor visa with a longer validity and stay period, you may be requested to show that you will have adequate health insurance cover for the period you are in Australia.
You must meet certain character requirements.
See: Character Requirements
You must have access to sufficient funds to cover all costs for the duration of your stay in Australia, including health/travel insurance if required. You may be asked to provide evidence of your funds.
Examples: personal bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts, taxation records, credit card limit.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Commonwealth of Australia.
Applications for children under 18 years of age must provide consent from the non-accompanying parent(s) or legal guardian(s) if the child is travelling:
- with only one parent or legal guardian.
Consent can be provided on Form 1229 or on a Statutory Declaration or equivalent under the relevant law of the child's home country.
See: Form 1229 Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years ( 93KB PDF file)
Note: Evidence must be provided to confirm family relationship or guardianship, for example, full birth certificate stating names of both parents.