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Visa Application Charges (VAC) will increase on 1 July

Written By Michael Walker | Wed, May 10, 2017 Michael Walker

A VAC is the government charge when a visa application is lodged.  It is sometimes paid in two instalments.

VAC indexation will take effect from 1 July 2017 in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Indexation will apply only to the first VAC instalment, and will not apply to the second instalment.  The second instalment is the portion charged only in some cases – where for example an applicant does not meet standard English language requirements.

In practical terms, this increase means the government charge for a single person will go up:

  • 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) - from $1,060 to $1,080;
  • 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) - from $3,600 to $3,670;
  • 186 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) - from $3,600 to $3,670. 


In March 2018, the subclass 457 visa will be phased out and replaced by a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa. This visa will have 2-year and 4-year visa options depending on the occupation that is being sponsored. The government charge for a single person are expected to be introduced at:

  • 2-year visa - $1,150
  • 4-year visa - $2,400

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