Visitor Visa Subclass 600

The Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) permits individuals to temporarily visit Australia for various purposes. This visa has different types, called “streams,” depending on the purpose of your visit.

Tourist Stream

This stream is for people who want to travel to Australia for holiday purposes, to visit family or friends, or for other non-business activities.

If you’re applying for a visa, you need to:

  • You should genuinely want to visit Australia for a vacation, to see loved ones, or for other non-work or non-medical reasons.
  • You must have enough money to cover your expenses while you’re in Australia.
  • You need to meet the necessary health and character standards, which might include getting health insurance for your time in Australia.

The eligibility criterion for getting a visitor visa (subclass 600) tourist stream

  • Complete the visa application form accurately.
  • Show that you truly plan to visit Australia for tourism, to see family or friends, or for other non-work reasons
  • Demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Australia.
  • Fit the health and character standards required by the Australian government.
  • If necessary, obtain health insurance to cover any medical expenses during your stay.

Visitor Visa Fee Tourist Stream

  • If applying from outside Australia, the subclass 600 visa fee is $190 Australian.
  • If applying from within Australia, the subclass 600 visa fee is $475 Australian.

Visitor Visa Tourist Stream Conditions

If you are granted a 600 visa in the tourist stream, the following conditions might be imposed on your visa.

  • 8101 -No Work: You must not work in Australia under 600 tourist stream.
  • 8201 -Maximum 3 months study: You must not study or do training for more than 3 months under 600 tourist streams.
  • 8501- Maintain Adequate Health Insurance.
  • 8503- No further stay: While you are in Australia, you cannot make a valid application for any visa except a protection visa.
  • 8531-Must Leave before visa expiry: The holder of a 600 tourist stream must leave Australia before their visa expires.
  • 8558 -Non Resident: The applicant of a 600 tourist stream visa cannot stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18-month period.

Sponsored Family Stream

If you have family members in Australia who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, they can sponsor you to come and visit them.

Applicant Eligibility Criterion:

  • You should have a family member in Australia who can sponsor your visit.
  • Your trip should be for the purpose of visiting family.
  • Make sure you have enough money to cover your expenses while you’re in Australia.
  • You must meet health and character standards, which might mean getting health insurance.

Sponsor Criteria:

  • The person sponsoring you needs to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • They should be at least 18 years old and have lived in Australia for a reasonable time, usually at least 2 years.
  • Your sponsor must be a close family member, such as a spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew, including step- or adopted relations.

Location at the time of Application      

An application for a 600 visa in family sponsored stream can only be made from outside Australia.

Visitor Visa Fee Family Sponsored Stream

  • The subclass 600 visa fee is $190 AUD.

Visitor Visa Family Sponsored Stream Conditions

If you are granted a 600 visa in the family sponored stream, the following conditions might be imposed on your visa.

  • 8101 -No Work: You must not work in Australia under 600 family-sponsored streams.
  • 8201 -Maximum 3 months study: You must not study or do training for more than 3 months under 600 family-sponsored streams.
  • 8501- Maintain Adequate Health Insurance.
  • 8503 – No further stay: While you are in Australia, you cannot make a valid application for any visa except a protection visa. 850 condition is mandatory for a family-sponsored stream.
  • 8531-Must Leave before visa expiry: The holder of a 600 family-sponsored stream must leave Australia before their visa expires.

Business Visitor Stream

This stream is for individuals who need to visit Australia for business-related purposes such as attending meetings, conferences, or exploring business opportunities.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Your visit to Australia should genuinely be for business reasons, like attending a conference, participating in negotiations, or exploring business opportunities.
  • You should have personal qualities and a business background that match your intended activities in Australia.
  • Make sure you have enough money to cover your expenses while you’re in Australia.
  • You must meet health and character standards, which might mean getting health insurance for your stay.

Location at the time of Application      

An application for a 600 visa in the business visitor stream can only be made from outside Australia.

Visitor Visa Fee Business Visitor Stream

  • The subclass 600 visa fee is $190 Australian for Business Visitor Stream.

Visitor Visa Business Visitor Stream Conditions

If you are granted a 600 visa in the business visitor stream, the following conditions might be imposed on your visa.

  • 8115 -Limited activities: You must not work in Australia under 600 business visitor streams except engaging in a business visitor activity.

You can:

  • make general business or employment inquiries while holding subclass 600 visa business visitor stream.
  • investigate, negotiate, sign, or review business contracts while holding 600 visa business visitor stream.
  • undertake an activity an official government-to-government visit.
  • participate in conferences, trade fairs, or seminars in Australia without organisers paying for it.

You must not:

  • A holder of a visitor visa business visitor stream must not undertake work for, or supply services to, an organisation or other person based in Australia.
  • A holder of a visitor visa business visitor stream must not sell goods or services directly to the general public.
  • 8201 -Maximum 3 months study: You must not study or do training for more than 3 months under 600 business visitor streams.
  • 8501- Maintain Adequate Health Insurance.
  • 8503- No further stay: While you are in Australia, you cannot make a valid application for any visa except a protection visa.
  • 8531-Must Leave before visa expiry: The holder of a 600 tourist stream must leave Australia before their visa expires.

Approved Destination Status Stream

This is specifically for citizens from certain regions of China who wish to visit Australia as part of an organized tour arranged by an approved travel agent.

Applicant Requirements:

If you’re planning to visit Australia under the Approved Destination Status (ADS) Stream, here are the requirements you need to fulfill as an applicant:

  • You must be from a country that has an Approved Destination Status agreement with Australia.
  • Your primary purpose for visiting Australia should be to participate in a tour organized under the ADS scheme.
  • You should have personal attributes and background relevant to tourism activities.
  • Make sure you have enough money to pay for your expenses during your time in Australia.
  • Meet the necessary health and character criteria, which may include obtaining health insurance for your stay.

Location at the time of Application      

Only the People’s Republic of China can apply for a 600 visa in the approved destination status stream and have to be in China at the time of lodgement and grant.

Visitor Visa Fee Approved Destination Status Stream

  • The subclass 600 visa fee is $190 AUD.

Visitor Visa Approved Destination Status Stream Conditions

If you are granted a 600 visa in the approved destination status stream, the following conditions might be imposed on your visa.

  • 8101 -No Work: You must not work in Australia under 600 approved destination status streams.
  • 8207 -No study: You must not study or do training under the ADS stream.
  • 8501- Maintain Adequate Health Insurance.
  • 8503 – No further stay: While you are in Australia, you cannot make a valid application for any visa except a protection visa.
  • 8530-Must follow your approved tour arrangements: The holder of a 600-approved destination status stream must follow the travel schedule set by the travel agent and cannot go anywhere else.

Frequent Traveller Stream

This visa is designed for People’s Republic of China citizens who frequently travel to Australia for business or personal reasons. The holder can be granted a 10-year visa with a 3-month stay.

Applicant Requirements:

Here are the applicant requirements for the Frequent Traveller Stream:

  • You must hold citizenship from China to be eligible for the Frequent Traveller Stream.
  • Your visits to Australia should primarily be for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends.
  • Demonstrate a need for regular visits to Australia due to business or personal reasons.
  • Have a good immigration compliance record and comply with visa conditions during previous visits.
  • Make sure you have enough money to cover your costs while you’re in Australia.
  • Meet the necessary health and character criteria, which may include obtaining health insurance for your stay.

Location at the time of Application      

Only the People’s Republic of China can apply for a 600 visa in the frequent traveler stream and have to be in China at the time of lodgement and outside Australia at the time of the grant.

Visitor Visa Fee Frequent Traveller Stream

  • The subclass 600 visa fee is $1395 AUD for frequent traveller stream.

Visitor Visa Frequent traveller Stream Conditions

If you are granted a 600 visa in the frequent traveller stream, the following conditions might be imposed on your visa.

  • 8115 -Limited activities: You must not work in Australia under 600 frequent traveller streams except engaging in a business visitor activity.

You can:

  • make general business or employment inquiries while holding a subclass 600 visa frequent traveller stream.
  • investigate, negotiate, sign, or review business contracts while holding 600 visas frequent traveller stream.
  • undertake an activity an official government-to-government visit.
  • participate in conferences, trade fairs, or seminars in Australia without organisers paying for it.

You must not:

  • A holder of a visitor visa business visitor stream must not undertake work for, or supply services to, an organisation or other person based in Australia.
  • A holder of a visitor visa business visitor stream must not sell goods or services directly to the general public.
  • 8201 -Maximum 3 months study: You must not study or do training for more than 3 months under 600 frequent traveller streams.
  • 8501- Maintain Adequate Health Insurance.
  • 8503- No further stay: While you are in Australia, you cannot make a valid application for any visa except a protection visa.
  • 8531-Must Leave before visa expiry: The holder of a 600 tourist stream must leave Australia before their visa expires.
  • 8516- Continue to satisfy the criteria for the grant of the visa.
  • 8527- Must be free from Tuberculosis.
  • 8572- Must have a medical assessment.
  • 8573 – You must not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any 24-month period.
  • 8609 – Notify new details: The applicant must notify the Department of Home Affairs within 14 days of any change in name, address, phone number, email address, or passport.

600 visa processing time

Tourist Stream

50% of applications are processed in about 8 days.

90% of applications are processed within approximately 24 days.

Business Visitor Stream 

50% of applications are processed in 6 days.

90% of applications are processed within 14 days.

Sponsored Family Stream

50% of applications are processed in 26 days.

90% of applications are processed within 43 days.

These processing times give applicants an idea of how long they might have to wait for a decision on their visa application.

FAQ’s 

What are 600 visas in Australia?

The 600 visas in Australia are for people who want to visit the country temporarily. There are different types depending on why you’re visiting, like for tourism, to see family, or for business.

How long does it take to get a 600 visa?

Getting a 600 visa can take different amounts of time. For most people, about 75% of applications are processed within 45 days. But for others, it might take longer, with about 90% of applications processed within 11 months.

How to get 600 visas in Australia?

To get a 600 visa for Australia, apply online, fill out the form, provide documents like your passport and proof of funds, pay the fee, and wait for a decision.

What is the difference between visa 600 tourist and family sponsored?

Any applicant can use the tourist stream. However, for the family-sponsored stream, the applicant must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor, as described above.

Can a friend sponsor me to Australia for a tourist visa?

A friend can provide an invitation letter if you are applying for a tourist stream but cannot be a sponsor for a family-sponsored stream 600 visas.

Can I bring my parents to Australia on a tourist visa?

Yes, you can bring parents to Australia on a tourist visa in a tourist stream or family-sponsored steam in case you are an eligible sponsor.

How long can parents stay on a visitor visa in Australia?

It depends on the visa condition. Maximum stay in any 18-month period is 12 months.

What is the longest tourist visa for Australia?

The holder can be granted a 10-year visa with a 3-month stay in a frequent traveller stream.

Can I extend a visitor visa subclass 600?

You can lodge another visitor visa in Australia provided you don’t have a no further stay condition.

Can you work on a 600 visa?

No, you can’t work on a 600 visa.

Can I convert an Australia tourist visa to a work permit?

Yes, provided you satisfy the criteria and don’t have any no further stay condition imposed.

Can I convert an Australia tourist visa to a student visa?

Yes, provided you satisfy the criteria and don’t have any no further stay condition imposed on your visitor visa.

Can I apply for jobs while on a tourist visa?

You cannot get a job on a tourist visa in Australia.