As part of the 2017-2018 budget announced last night, DIBP has released new visa application charges that will be effective as of 1 July 2017. The new fee list is available for download here.

The new fees reflect an across the board increase to align with the Consumer Price Index, and represent relatively modest increases in visa application charges of just under 2%. Of special interest to many applicants are partner visas, which are among the most costly visas in the current portfolio of visas. According to the announcement, the application fee for a partner visa application (onshore or offshore) or a prospective marriage visa application will increase from $6,865 to $7,000.

The fees also included the new employer sponsored training fees of $1,200 or $1,800 per year for each 457 visa holder, with training fees of $3,000 or $5,000 payable by employers who sponsor employees for permanent visas.

No increases have been announced for the second visa application payments which can be as high as $43,600 for the subclass 143 contributory parent visa or for Functional English fees of $4,890 of for secondary adult applicants for skilled visas who cannot demonstrate functional English.