DIAC ĘC World Record for Price Increases
Posted on August 26, 2013
If we take the Partner visa category as a sample where an Australian citizen or permanent resident sponsors a spouse / life partner either married or de facto the increase in the DIAC visa application charge (VAC) from November 2004 to June 2013 is 115%.

In January 2013 DIAC increased the VAC for the Partner by 30% (between November 2012 and January 2013)

On 1 September 2013 the base VAC will go up again by 15.1% to a staggering $4575 for the onshore 820/801 Partner subclasses.

It is also worth pointing out that DIAC have just changed their pricing strategy from a single fee which covered all applicants (primary and secondary) to a system that charges per person applying. So if your onshore Partner has a small child (under 18 years) this fee increases to $5720. If they have a dependent child over 18 it is much more at $6865.
Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry - Issue 2013.85 - 16 September
 Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry. Mr Abbott said the incoming Coalition Government will restore strong, stable and accountable government to build a more prosperous Australia.
Mr Abbott said this afternoon that Mr Scott Morrison MP would be Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Senator Michaelia Cash would be Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.
"This is a strong team to stop the boats," he said. "Recognising its key role in border protection, Customs will be in this portfolio."
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