Australian Tourist Visa: How To Apply Online – So Easy, Yet So Hard


This post aims to help Papua New Guineans who are intending to obtain Australian tourist visa for short stay. It is an experience I share to help others. In fact, I was very annoyed when I started the application. Two things went wrong. First, I realized that the whole application process changed, it was not like before where you submit the visa applications at the Australian High Commission’s office. The visa submission process was left in hands of agents. You have to go to an agent to get it sorted for you, or do it yourself online.

The later was easy, but the wireless internet connection at home (and at the agent too) was not working. I’ve tried in vain for two straight days though I had all the required and recommended papers. Simply because a major Internet cable was said to have been sabotaged.

At the agents, I completed the application form – form 1419. In addition, I had less than 10 working days to get a visa before leaving on a booked flight. It was stressful. Sounds all too familiar?

So how did I, finally, submit my application?


To make it clear I have not got a visa yet. The decision to grant me a visa is out of my control having applied, I am writing in waiting. Let me answer the question. The ‘break-through’ came when a friend mentioned that I could use a mobile phone as router (or Internet Access Point). So, I did and submitted my application online. It cost K3 to get a Digicel’s data bundle (60MB) to upload all the documents. Here is the link to a step-by-stepguide on how to connect your mobile phone and laptop. So you can do that anywhere in PNG. It takes up to 10 working days to get response. If you haven’t got one after that period, give them a follow-up call.

There is a list of required document you must produce. Use this PDF link to see more. The common documents are a passport photo (doesn’t have to be signed), copy of passport biography page, bank statement, Form 54 Family Composition, etc.

I would recommend using the online application. It costs Au$136.46. For fees and charges information, refer to www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees. Costs at the agents are indicated on the image above.

A 300MB mobile data would be enough  to launch your application online.

Important tips/docs for online application:
-Ensure that all your documents are less than 5MB before uploading
-Passport page/s
-Passport photo, taken in the last 6 months
-Bank statements
-Evidence of assets in country of residence. E.g. recent share value cert.
-Family Composition (Form 54)
-Check list PDF
*Visitors with different circumstances may provide extra docs, use this as a guide 

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