You can be in Australia (but you do not have to be) when the visa is decided if any of the following applies to you:
- you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
- you held a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) which was granted through ministerial intervention at the time of application
- you are a member of the family unit of a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) holder
- you hold a bridging visa.
In all other cases, you must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.