Australian Embassy

Fees, charges and currency

Fees, charges and currency

The Visa Application Charge (VAC) is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. In some cases the visa application charge is nil.​

For all VACs please see Fees and charges for visas on our website.

  • When paying in Lebanon at the Australian Visa Application Centre, the visa application charge must be paid in cash only in United State Dollars (USD)
  • When paying online, the visa application charge will be paid by credit card in Australian Dollars (AUD)

Prior to lodging an application, clients may need to notify their bank of an upcoming foreign credit card transaction. Failure to do so may result in their transaction being declined. Without payment applications are invalid.

For more information on how to pay for an application in Australia or in Lebanon visit our website at How to Pay

The Australian Visa Application Centre will charge a application service fee for the lodgement of visas and the collection of biometrics.  For a list of current service fees please see the AVACs website:

  • The Application Service Fee and biometrics collection fee  is payable in cash only in Lebanese Pounds (LBP)

Persons exempt from Visa Application Charges

Government employees travelling for business ‘acting as a representative of a foreign government’.

For Subclass 600 Visitor and Subclass 400 Temporary Work – Short Stay Activity visas, applicants are entitled for a ‘nil’ VAC if they are applying for a visa in the course of ‘acting as a representative of a foreign government’.  In most cases, such persons will identify themselves at time of application by presenting a diplomatic, or official, passport. However, the ‘nil’ VAC applies equally to applicants presenting other types of travel documents provided the visa officer is satisfied as to the applicant’s representative status. 

Applicants who wish to be considered for a Nil VAC should submit a letter from their government agency supporting the application and outlining the purpose for their visit to Australia.