Sunday, 19 November 2017
Media release

Joint Media Release with the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment - Online Visitor visas for Indonesia

The Turnbull Government has today announced that Indonesian nationals are now able to apply online for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) as part of the continued expansion of online access to visitor visas globally.

With over 118,000 Visitor visa applications received from Indonesian nationals in
2016-17, the online application form will increase efficiency in the application process and provide a more convenient option for Indonesians looking to visit Australia.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said that online lodgment of visas helps to lay the platform for the Government's transformation of Australia's visa system.

"We are seeing an ever growing number of travellers and this Government is committed to building capability for the future and supporting Australia's economic and social priorities," Mr Dutton said.

"This is another example of the Government delivering on its digital transformation agenda and introducing innovative initiatives that cut red-tape, increase efficiency and reduce costs for the taxpayer."

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said that the expansion of online Visitor visa applications to Indonesia is an investment in the future of Australia's tourism industry.

"Indonesia is the third largest country for Visitor visa (subclass 600) applications to Australia and this new capability will make it even easier for our friends in Indonesia to visit Australia," Mr Ciobo said.

"This initiative will further boost the Australian tourism industry and online lodgment of Visitor visas has now been rolled out to over 200 different countries and regions across the world."

This is the latest in a series of visa initiatives to enhance tourism and business links between Australia and Indonesia following the success of a new three-year, multiple-entry visa for Indonesian visitors to Australia introduced by the Government last year.