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Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 (Overview)- More Visa Magic

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Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 (Overview)

This is the Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 overview article It contains all the general information pertaining to the visa subclass.

Some have asked us how we can associate magic with the serious task of obtaining a visa?

We wrote the original articles several years ago. They were a response to requests from people we knew, for a way to work through the process that was simple to implement and left them feeling in control.

During the intervening period many have said things like……
“Thanks Life Philippines, we have gone from confusion to clarity, it’s like magic” and ” Why am I not dreading the process this year, you guys are magicians.”

Well we confess, right now, no spells were cast and no wizards harmed in the production of these articles.

The magic is in clarifying and simplifying a process you need to get right first time.

The Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 lets you be in Australia for:

  1. A vacation
  2. A Sponsored Family Visit
  3. A Business visit
  4. A Tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

For the purposes of this series of articles we are only going to be considering the first two items (Bolded) on the list above.

We are also presuming that the applicant is a Filipino citizen travelling solely on a Philippines passport. Dual citizens should see if their other citizenship offers them better terms of entry. For example US citizens can travel to Australia on an Electronic Travel Authority costing only 20AUD (Sub Class 601).

UK citizens can enter on either an Electronic Travel Authority through their travel agent, or eVisitor visa, which is free by application through an ImmiAccount.

One Simple Hack

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you used in your application and although you can apply to change the passport number on your application, it can delay the process.

The Waiting Period

Global Visa Processing Times

Stream75% of Applications Processed90% of Applications Processed
Tourist*20 days36 days
Sponsored Family 48 days63 days
*Processing times range from 48 hours to more than 20 days depending on factors such as peak processing periods in a particular location.
Last updated 14 June 2017 (for month ending 31 May 2017)

What You Pay For

The visa fee which is usually non-refundable if the application fails or is withdrawn.

  • Medical assessment costs; if required
  • Courier; only for paper based applications
  • Costs of lodgement; only for paper based applications.

How You Can Apply

Paper Based Applications

Paper applications for the Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 are processed at VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., found in either:

Metro Manila
Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building,
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension
Barangay Magallanes
Makati City,
Metro Manila 1231 Philippines
Metro Cebu
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905,
Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Ave
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000
The opening hours are:

Manila: Monday to Friday 08:00 -15:00
Cebu: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 14:00

(Excluding public holidays)

Decision and document collection times:

Monday to Friday 15:00 – 16:00

(Excluding public holidays)

Call Centre – 632 790 4900

Call Centre Timings: 9:00-17:00

(Due to the high call volume through our Call Centre, we highly recommend you to use the menus provided on this website, or send your enquiries via E-mail: info.auph@vfshelpline.com


Filipinos are now able to apply for Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 online and this is the option recommended by Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

You do this by creating an individual Immi Account. The process of setting up this account is explained HERE

Once you get into the account the application forms are the same as the paper ones.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Applying For Your Visa Online


  • It is cheaper than using VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc. As you don’t have to pay their surcharge and courier fees.
  • You can apply 24/7/365
  • Quicker turnaround


  • Need regular access to a computer
  • Must have an email you can regularly monitor
  • You need access to a scanner

Over time I would imagine that most countries will move almost exclusively to online processing, but given the fact that infrastructure is often chronically inadequate and most people cannot afford even smart phones, let alone tablets or computers, that may not happen for some time.

Thanks for reading this introduction Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 (Overview) – More Visa Magic. We know that In the following articles as we go step by step for each of the streams, that the magic will follow. Feel free to come along.

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