Individuals and Travellers

Introducing a five year temporary sponsored visa for parents

On Friday 5 May 2017, the Government confirmed that, subject to the passage of relevant legislation, the temporary sponsored parent visa will be introduced during the 2017-18 Migration Programme year.


The temporary sponsored parent visa is designed to allow the parents of Australians to spend longer periods of time with their children in Australia without placing additional burden on Australia's health care system.

Commencement date

The introduction of the temporary sponsored parent visa is subject to passage of the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures) Bill 2016 (the Bill) through Parliament. The Bill is currently before the Senate. Further information regarding the passage of legislation is available on the Parliament of Australia website.

Frequently asked questions

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) page provides background information supporting the introduction of the temporary sponsored parent visa.


You are encouraged to review information within the FAQs prior to establishing contact with the Department.

The FAQs will be updated as further information becomes available.