Apply for Australian Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos 2017, Requirements, Approved in 5 Working Days, Fees, and Some Travel Tips

Filipinos can easily apply for an Australian Tourist Visa online in 2017 and be approved in a matter of 5 working days (based on our experience), at least after we have completed submitting all the requirements (required scanned documents) online.

We are a family of 3 with a 10 year old boy, and currently staying in Singapore. We also lodge our Australian tourist visa application (visitor visa subclass 600) online while here in SG through www.border.gov.au. Fortunately, our application was approved within 5 working days.

Image credits to www.australia.com

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) approved applicants are granted 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months multiple entries. In our case, each of us was granted multiple entries in Australia for 1 year from October 2016 to October 2017, and each arrival enables us to stay for period of 1 month. The process is probably the same even when you are in the Philippines since the application can be done online or through VFS Global (www.vfsglobal.com/australia/philippines/how_to_apply.html).

Read: Job Openings in Australia for Filipinos in 2017

What I am going to share here is our experience in applying online for Australian tourist visa, application cost per head, prepared scanned documents, 9D8N sample itinerary, the budget airline company where we bought our tickets, hotel where we stayed for 9 days and 8 nights, and the step-by-step application process.

Aside from aforementioned, I will also share here some cost saving tips which we have utilized during our tour around Sydney, Blue Mountains, and other cities in Australia. Hopefully, this post would help lessen the stress (if there is any) which you might encounter during your application.

Visa Application Fees (Cost per Person)

The cost per application per applicant is 135AUD plus surcharge or roughly PHP 5033 plus surcharge. Payments are made after you have completed filling up all the needed information. You can pay using credit / debit card online.

Tourist Visa for Australia Online Application Process for Filipinos

1. Create an ImmiAccount at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. Supply the needed information such as surname, given name, phone numbers, and email address. Check your email for the confirmation.

2. Login to your ImmiAccount with your username and password that you have given when you created your immi account.

3. Go to the New Application link to start with your application process. Supply all the information as honest and as complete as possible. Your personal details should be entered the same way as it appeared on your passport. Your first name should include your middle name.

Note: If travelling in a group and you are the main applicant, you only need to login to your IMMI account. Next is go to the new application link to lodge another application for each group member. Under ‘Group Processing’ you need to supply the Group ID and Group name also for each application.

4. After you have supplied all the needed information. Upload all the needed documents (supporting evidences).

Each Applicant’s Document Requirements for Tourist visa in Australia (Scanned copy in JPG format)
– Old and new passport which shows previous travel.
– Cover letter and sample itinerary
– NSO Birth certificate
– Evidence of funds (personal bank statements / savings account, payslip, credit / debit card statements)
– NSO Marriage Certificate (if married)
– Certification Letter from school for your son / daughter (if they are studying)
– Certificate of Employment (if employed)

Note: Before you upload all your documents, I suggest that you organize the file name for each scanned copy so the assessor can easily track the arrangement of your documents.
Example:
– Juan dela Cruz old passport page 1, Juan dela Cruz old passport page 2, Juan dela Cruz old passport Nth page
– Emma dela Cruz new passport page 1,  Emma dela Cruz new passport page 2, Emma dela Cruz new passport Nth page
– Juan and Emma dela Cruz Marriage certificate page 1, Juan and Emma dela Cruz married certificate page 2
– Evidence of funds page 1, evidence of funds page 2, evidence of funds page 3
– Bank statement month 1, bank statement month 2, bank statement month 3

You can read the complete checklist here https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-/Visitor-visa-(subclass-600)-Tourist-Stream-document-checklist.

5. Biometrics collection. For Filipinos staying in SG you can schedule an appointment at VFS Global for your biometrics collection. Take note that VFS Global collects service fee.

For those who are applying for Australian tourist visa while in the Phippines, they should inquire to VFS Global if they need to schedule appoint for biometrics collection. Here is their website www.vfsglobal.com/australia/philippines/.

6. Check your email regularly for the update on your Australian tourist visa application. I think the supplied documents are being screened manually by a representative from Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian High Commission. I got contacted by their representative twice thru email because they are asking for additional scanned documents which I have to upload on my application

After uploading any additional documents asked, all you have to do next is wait. If the Visa application is lodged outside Australia the maximum processing time is 1 month from the time you completed your application and paid the needed fees.

In our case we were approved in matter of 5 working days. We received the visa thru email. We printed it and bring it with us in case the airline company staff asked for our tourist Visa for Australia.

Suggested Budget Airline Company

We booked a return flight from Scoot Airlines here in Singapore. It costs us around 1600SGD or roughly Php 60,000  for 3 passengers (2 adults and 1 child). We were able to avail a promo during our booking time.

Read: How to Fill Out Schengen Visa Application Form for Philippine Passport Holders

Arriving in Sydney, Australia

Assuming Australia immigration has granted you Visa, and you have arrived at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport. The first thing you need to do is purchase an OPAL card at the news agency inside the airport. There are two types of opal card: for adult, and for child. The card is similar to EZ-link in Singapore, and LRT-MRT Beep Card in the Metro Manila, Philippines.

It will be used to pay all kinds of transportation available in Australia such as bus, train, tram, and ferry. Asked the staff at the news agency, they know how much should be topped-up depending on your duration of stay in AUS. Since we stayed in Sydney for 9 days and 8 nights, we topped-up 40AUD per adult, and 20AUD for kid.

From Sydney Airport, you can ride train to reach the central business district (CBD) area and you can use your OPAL card to pay for the fare. Although I suggest that you ride taxi for comfort since for sure, you have heavy luggage with you. During our time the taxi rate is around 50 Australian dollars from international airport to CBD. From domestic airport, the cost is around 36 Australian dollars.

Affordable Prepaid Sim Card with Data Bundle

If you want to stay connected online even when you are on tour, the second thing you need to purchase is a prepaid SIM card with data bundle. During our visit, I purchased an Optus Yes prepaid SIM card for 30AUD. In my opinion it offers the cheapest because I was able to avail their promo of unlimited local text, local calls, and 6GB data which has 28 days expiry. It is much cheaper if compared to data roaming charges which is usually on pay-per-use terms.

Recommended Hotel in Sydney, Australia

If you will be staying in Sydney, you can check out Cambridge Hotel / Hotel Abey in Surry Hills. We stayed in Abey Hotel for 5 nights, and 3 nights in Cambridge Hotel. I can say that we were satisfied with our stay in both hotels. Our room was clean, although, they should have better soundproofing in between rooms because sometimes we can hear guests’ conversation from rooms next to ours.

The location is OK for us since a bus stop is probably 2 minutes walk and the central train station is 10 minutes walk from the hotel. I recommended that you booked a room through agoda.com or booking.com for cheaper rates.

Foreign Exchange Suggestion

Based on our experience, we suggest that you do not change your currency in stalls inside Sydney airport, because I think it is not value for your money. Aside from the exchange rate when you buy Australian dollar, they also charge you with service fee which range from 8 to 12AUD per transaction. As much as possible change your currency from the airport where you are coming from.

Sydney Australia Tour Sample Itinerary for 9 Days and 8 Nights

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport from Singapore
Day 2: Start the day with a complimentary breakfast in the hotel. Visit Darling Harbour, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and Sea Life Aquarium
Day 3: Aboard Hop-on Hop-off Captain Cook Cruise, for sight seeing of Manly Bay, Watson Bay, Fort Denison and alight at Taronga Park Zoo stop. Spend the entire day at the Taronga Zoo. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden before going back to the hotel.
Day 4-5: Explore Sydney City and Bondi by Hop –on and Hop – off Bus Tour
Day 6: Join the Blue Mountains and Wildlife day tour.
Day 7: Attend mass in the morning at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hyde Park. In the afternoon we join the group tour to explore the Sydney Opera House. Go to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower.
Day 8: Hunter Valley day tour
Day 9: Departure from Sydney

Purchase an I-Venture Card (Optional)

If you plan to try every attraction in Sydney, or in other cities, I suggest that you purchase an I-Venture card.
The card allows you to enjoy single entry to all of Sydney’s top attractions. It offers up to 40% savings on entry fees to tours (like Sydney sightseeing tour, Blue Mountains explorer bus), guided walks (The Rocks Walking Tour), museums, cruises (like Captain Cook Hop-on Hop-off) and wildlife attractions (Sydney Sea Life Aquarium), Sydney Opera House Tour, and much more.

 
34 comments… add one
  • Rechelle Dionisio May 20, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Hi! Good day!

    I would just like to ask a question. I want to apply for a tourist visa in Australia, but I will not stay with on the hotel. I will be staying in my cousin’s house in Sydney and my friend’s house in Melbourne. Do you think my visa will be granted if I will not present hotel accommodation?

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:25 am

      Sorry Maam Rechelle I do not have idea because in our case we applied for visa with a pre-booked hotel accommodation.

  • Melanie June 27, 2017, 3:17 am

    Hi! May I ask if the documents you attached (passport bio, entry/exit stamps, visas and birth certificate) were certified/notarized copies or just the scans of the original? Thank you!

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:23 am

      For the passport we scanned every page of it that has an entry and exit stamps. If you recently updated your passport you also need to scan its bio, entry, exit pages. We just submit the scans of original. We were not asked for the certified notarized copies.

      • Mariz November 2, 2017, 7:17 am

        May I just add, when you applied for an australian visa does it says that you have to submit a certified copy? I was about to attached some documents when I clicked the blue button with question mark it says that I have to submit a certified copy of my birth certificate and other travel documents.

        • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:55 pm

          Hi Mariz,

          In our case we just scanned all the documents then submit it online. We scanned the data pages of our passport, NSO birth certificate, NSO marriage certificate then submit it online.

  • Mel Dalog July 4, 2017, 11:05 am

    Hello. I’ll be applying for a tourist visa with my grandma. I already created my ImmiAccount. I just want to ask if my grandma should also make her own immiaccount for her application or I can include her with my application via my immiaccount. Thanks.

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:20 am

      As I remember we only created 1 immiaccount for the main applicant, while logged in you can create multiple visa application for your companions.

  • Mia July 27, 2017, 8:07 am

    Hi,
    I read that you applied with your kids. I am trying to apply for me, my husband and toddler. May i ask kung anong nilagay mo dun sa application ng anak mo dun sa question na “who will fund your staybib australia”. Did you put self funded or others? Nilagay ko kasi dun sa app ng anak ko “others” and then i input my name as her parent. I’m wondering lang kasi bakit hinihingan ng invitation letter yung application ng anak ko. Yung samin ni hubby wala naman ganun requirement. I guess lumitaw yun dahil di self funded linagay ko sa kanya.. Di ko kasi nilagay na self funded kasi 2 year old palang yung bata.

    Tapos may required documents din na “consent for travel if a child under the age of 18” and “form 1257 undertaking declaration”… Were you asked for these also? Did you submit? Kasi both of us her parents are traveling with her naman.

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 4:59 am

      Hi Mia, for the question of “who will fund your stay in Australia?” I also put ‘others’ for my son’s application then I attached our bank statement with the file name “bank statement of his parents.”

      Regarding the form “consent for travel if a child under the age of 18” and “form 1257 undertaking declaration” I remember we also have to fill up a form like that but for us we filled up yung “Form 956A Appointment of Withdrawal of an authorized recipient (ito yung hinanap sa amin if I remember it correctly) for our son.” We included it on his list of attachments.

  • sam October 13, 2017, 1:25 pm

    We are planing to apply for 3 Australian tourist (family) VISA on 16-10-2017.
    We are planing to travel on 3-11-2017. Only 18 days left.
    We can travel only if we get VISA with in 17 days.
    Let see what will happen.

  • bing October 22, 2017, 1:30 am

    hi,
    I want to ask if you have idea if I want to travel to oz and a friend wants to support me can I apply for visa 600 on that?

    • Adam October 22, 2017, 10:51 am

      Hi Bing, sorry I do not have an idea about your concern.

  • Rose November 1, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Hi,
    Good Evening,

    I would like to ask if it is possible to apply a tourist visa to Australia and find a job there.

    Many thanks
    Rose

    • Adam November 1, 2017, 2:24 pm

      Hi Rose, sorry but I do not have an idea.

      • Coco Raymundo November 21, 2017, 12:36 am

        Hi Rose, if you are 18-30 years old you can apply for a working holiday visa, its for one year.

  • Lea November 4, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Hi,

    The checklist states Certified True Copy of Passport Data page. Did you provide a certified true copy or a colored scan will be fine?

    Thanks

    • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:50 pm

      Hi Lea, in our case we just scan the passport data pages then submit it online.

  • JUANITO November 9, 2017, 3:27 am

    Hi Adam, Pinoy here in Singapore too and planning to go Australia by late February 2018. I am working on my documentation for submission next month. I was wondering about the bank statement if I can easily retrieve such from the branch (my bank is UOB) or a copy of the passbook pages is enough? I can’t see a way to download such statement with proper letterhead online, Excel file lang and nadownload… :| Any more tips? Salamat!

    • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Hi Sir, I think you can request for bank statement directly at your UOB branch. You can ask the teller to provide you your 3 months bank statement for visa application. You should request for 3 consecutive months bank statement prior to your documents submission as it is the requirement.

  • Hazel November 19, 2017, 3:05 am

    Hi thank you for this very informative article. I want to go to Australia and currently residing here in Singapore but I am not a PR. I want to attend the Hillsong Conference in 2018, I have a few questions to ask.
    1. Do I need to purchase the conference ticket even if I am still applying for a tourist Visa to show proof that I am really attending the conference?
    2. Do I need to book return flights to prove that I am only there for the conference?
    3. Do I need to book a hotel to show where Im staying?
    4. will my 3 months payslip will be enough as an evidence of fund?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Adam November 19, 2017, 7:20 am

      Hi Hazel,

      Good day here are my answers to your question.

      1. Do I need to purchase the conference ticket even if I am still applying for a tourist Visa to show proof that I am really attending the conference?

      – Sorry, I do not have any idea regarding this.

      2. Do I need to book return flights to prove that I am only there for the conference?

      – You should provide flight itinerary not ticket. It is NOT advisable to purchase return flights and also I remember we did not purchase air ticket prior to visa application. It is stated in the Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream) (Subclass 600) Checklist that they do not recommend purchasing air ticket. We purchase the ticket after we received the visa grant documents.

      3. Do I need to book a hotel to show where Im staying?

      -We did not book a hotel prior to visa application. We booked after our visa was granted. However, if you want to book a hotel for additional weight to your visa application you can go to booking.com. They have free cancellation policy. You do not need to pay anything.

      4. will my 3 months payslip will be enough as an evidence of fund?

      – I think it is not enough you should also request your company of your employment certificate stating your work details. You should also include your 3 months bank statement. You can request your bank to give you copy of your 3 months statement of account.

      I hope this helps maam :-)

  • Koleen December 27, 2017, 8:07 am

    Hi! I am the middle of gathering my documents for Australian TV. I’m planning to lodge my application January 2018. It will be a sponsored trip by my boyfriend. I just have a few things to clarify. Under funding details sa online application, I believe only relatives can be your sponsor so I ticked self funded instead of “supported by other person” kasi wala naman po dun sa option yung boyfriend. Pero I explained naman po dun sa box that he will sponsor my trip. Did I do the right thing? Hehe Also Pwede na po ba one bank certificate/statement and 3 recent payslips? Thank you for all the answers!

    • Adam January 1, 2018, 10:13 am

      Hi Koleen, I think the requirement is recent 3 months bank statement but the 3 recent payslips is an added weight as proof that you have enough financial capacity to stay in Australia. I think it would be better to not include your boyfriend to the story kasi medyo gugulo lang and also contradicting since you declared that your trip is self funded but it turns out that it is your boyfriend who’ll fund your travel.

  • Zhelle January 2, 2018, 4:56 pm

    Hi! I have a planned visit to Singapore. Is it possible to get a tourist visa for Australia coming from Singapore as a tourist din?

    • Adam January 3, 2018, 12:21 am

      Hi Zhelle, I’m sorry but I haven’t tried that one to go to a country as a tourist and then from there apply for an Australian tourist visa.

      • Zhelle January 4, 2018, 4:07 pm

        Thanks for the info! :)

  • Michelle January 4, 2018, 10:14 am

    Hello,
    I created online account for tourist visa online in australia. Saan ko e insert application ng husband ko at anak.? Kasi ako yung main applicant? Gagawa ulit ako ng new applicant for my husband and my son?

    • Adam January 6, 2018, 5:54 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      You can login to your Immiaccount and lodge new application in the new application link for your husband and for your son. There is a part in the application form about ‘Group Processing’ where we were asked this question ‘Is this application being lodged as part of a group of applications?’

      You should tick YES then you need to supply the GROUP ID and GROUP Name in your husband and son’s application form. This simply means that you guys are together and will be assessed as one group.

  • Melissa February 7, 2018, 8:17 am

    Hi,

    May I know how you answered “Authorised Recipient” part for your spouse and child?

    Thank you.

    • Adam February 12, 2018, 2:03 am

      Hi Melissa,

      If you are the main applicant, might as well you become the authorized recipient for your husband and child. You put in the “authorized person” your first name and surname, your postal address and contact numbers.

  • Lei February 21, 2018, 5:02 pm

    There is this question po kc na “will the applicant visit any relatives, friends or contacts while in australia?” Can i put 2 or 3 friends? Should i provide a letter of invitation coming from these friends pa po ba? Or kahit hindi na po? And if its possible to stay sa place ng friend po for accommodation for the whole duration of stay kasi nag offer po? The trip is self funded po kasi. I dont have any idea if pwde po yung ganon?

    • Adam February 23, 2018, 12:58 am

      If you will be visiting friends in Australia, you can declare it. If there is a question about accommodation like about staying with friend’s house then you should also declare it.

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