(‘we’ refers to department of human services. )
Assurance of support
An assurance of support is a legal agreement you make with us to help someone get a visa to live in Australia. It's your promise to pay us back for any income support we give them.
2. Assurer and assuree:
If you give an assurance of support you’re the assurer.
The assuree is the visa applicant you support. It can be a family of up to 2 adults and their dependent children.
An assurer must be an Australian resident or organisation. Usually it’s a family member of the assuree.
3. Who needs one：
After someone applies for a visa, the Department of Home Affairs:
-decides if they’re in a visa category that needs an assurance of support
-writes to them to say if they need one
4. How you become an assurer：
You need to apply. After we get your claim, we’ll have an interview with you to discuss:
what you need to do as an assurer if you can meet these obligations.
5. Bank guarantee：
As an assurer you may need to give us a bank guarantee through the Commonwealth Bank.
This is to make sure you can pay us back if your assuree needs a payment from us.
If you want to cancel
Once you give an assurance of support, you can’t cancel it. This is the rule even if:
-your assuree becomes an Australian citizen
-your relationship with them breaks down
-you’re in financial hardship
We may cancel the agreement if your assuree dies.
There are 2 types of assurance of support.
Which one you need depends on the visa type.
To get some types of visas you must have an assurance of support. These are:
-an aged dependent relative visa
-a contributory parent or contributory aged parent visa
-a parent or aged parent visa
-a remaining relative visa
-a humanitarian entrant visa under the Community Support Program
The assurer must give a bank guarantee for all visa types except the Community Support Program.
Some visas may need an assurance of support. It's up to the Department of Home Affairs to decide in each case. These visa types are:
-orphaned relative under 18
If the assurer is an incorporated or unincorporated organisation, they may need to give a bank guarantee.
To be eligible to become an assurer for an assurance of support you must meet certain criteria.
1. To be an assurer you must:
-pass the income test for the current and previous financial year
-be an Australian resident
-be 18 or older
-give us proof of identity, and
-be able to get a bank guarantee if we ask for one
2. Check if you’re eligible
You need to pass an income test to be eligible. The income you need to pass this test depends on:
-how many people are in your immediate family
-if you’ll have 1 or 2 adult assurees
-if you’ll be the only assurer or giving a joint assurance
-how many dependent children you have