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Character Issues

Australian Government policy and regulations are designed to ensure that people who obtain visas to travel to Australia are of "good character".

You may be refused a visa if the Department of Immigration is satisfied that you:

  • would be likely to engage in criminal conduct in Australia

  • represent a danger to the Australian community

  • are not of good character.  This is a general provision which, amongst other things, allows the Department of Immigration to refuse visas to applicants who may have been caught providing false information or documents.

  • have had a previous visa or visa application rejected

Most visa categories require you to meet Public Interest Criteria. Past criminal conduct, a substantial criminal record or involvement in criminal activities may damage your Australian visa application.

If you have a concern about meeting the "good character" or Public Interest Criteria then contact us for advice about how it may affect your visa application.