The Australian government is committed to reducing violence in the Australian community, including family and sexual violence.
Sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visas lodged on or after 18 November 2016 to provide police checks
Applications for Partner (Temporary) visas (subclass 820) and Partner (Provisional) visas (subclass 309) are currently taking between 12 and 15 months to process, due to high demand.
Changes to partner visas
From 1 January 2012, the discretionary Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement was removed from partner visas. This change complemented other 1 January amendments to social security legislation that affect eligibility for welfare payments.