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All applicants for permanent visas including the main applicant
and any members of the family unit must be assessed against the
In addition, in certain circumstances, family members who are
not applying for the visa will be assessed against the health
requirement. Further information about the health requirement
is available on the Department’s website
Note: Applicants may have already undertaken a health
assessment for their visa. However, the Department reserves the
right to request additional health examinations as part of this visa
Important information about privacy
Your personal information is protected by law, including the
Privacy Act 1988. Important information about the collection,
use and disclosure (to other agencies and third parties, including
overseas entities) of your personal information, including
sensitive information, is contained in form 1442i Privacy notice.
Form 1442i is available from the Department’s website
www.homeaffairs.gov.au/allforms/ or offices of the
Department. You should ensure that you read and understand
form 1442i before completing this form.
A person gives immigration assistance to you if he or she uses, or
claims to use, his or her knowledge or experience in migration
procedure to assist you with your visa application, request for
ministerial intervention, cancellation review application,
sponsorship or nomination.
In Australia a person may only lawfully give immigration
assistance if he or she is a registered migration agent or is exempt
from being registered. Only registered migration agents may
receive a fee or reward for providing immigration assistance.
If an unregistered person in Australia, who is not exempt from
registration, gives you immigration assistance they are
committing a criminal offence and may be prosecuted.
Migration agents in Australia
Migration agents in Australia must be registered with the Office
of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the
MARA) unless they are exempt from registration.
Migration agents outside Australia
Migration agents who operate outside Australia do not have to be
registered. The Department may give some overseas agents an
ID number. This number does not mean that they are registered.
Note: Some Australian registered migration agents operate
Migration agent information
A migration agent is someone who can:
• advise you on the visa that may best suit you;
• tell you the documents you need to submit with your
• help you fill in the application and submit it; and
• communicate with the Department on your behalf.
If you appoint a migration agent, the Department will assume
that your migration agent will be your authorised recipient,
unless you indicate otherwise.
Your migration agent will be the person with whom the
Department will discuss your application and from whom it will
seek further information when required.
You are not required to use a migration agent. However, if you
use a migration agent, the Department encourages you to use a
registered migration agent. Registered agents are bound by the
Migration Agents Code of Conduct, which requires them to act
professionally in their clients’ lawful best interests.
Information on migration agents, including a list of registered
migration agents, is available on the Office of the MARA website
You can also access information about migration agents on the
Department’s website www.homeaffairs.gov.au
The following people do not have to be a registered migration
agent in order to provide immigration assistance, but they must
not charge a fee for their service:
• a close family member (spouse, de facto partner, child, parent,
brother or sister);
• a member of parliament or their staff;
• an official whose duties include providing immigration
assistance (eg. a Legal Aid provider, an Australian state or
territory government welfare authority, etc);
• a member of a diplomatic mission, consular post or
Appointing a migration agent/exempt person
To appoint a migration agent/exempt person you should complete
Part K – Options for receiving written communications.
Your migration agent/exempt person should complete form 956
Advice by a registered migration agent/exempt person of
providing immigration assistance.
Form 956 is available from the Department’s website
Options for receiving written communications
If you do not appoint a migration agent/exempt person you may
still authorise another person, in writing, to receive written
communications on your behalf. This person is called the
Authorised recipient information
All written communication about your application will be sent to
your authorised recipient, unless you indicate that you wish to
have health and/or character information sent directly to you.
The Department will communicate with the most recently
appointed authorised recipient as you may only appoint one
authorised recipient at any time for a particular application.
You will be taken to have received any documents sent to that
person as if they had been sent to you.
To appoint an authorised recipient you should complete:
• Part K – Options for receiving written communications; and
• form 956A Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised
Note: Migration agents/exempt persons do not need to complete
Form 956A is available from the Department’s website
For those applicants who are applying on the basis of an
inter-country adoption through a state or territory
adoption authority, please provide the adoption authority’s
details at Question 51 and they will be authorised to receive
information about this application.
For those applicants who are applying on the basis of being a
child supported by an Australian state or territory
government welfare authority (or their authorised agent)
supported child, please provide that authority’s, or their
authorised agent’s, details where requested at Question 2. They
will be authorised to receive information about this application.