If you are a Canadian citizen or resident and want to visit Australia for a short-term or long-term stay, you will need to review the eligibility requirement for an Australia visa for Canadians. Canadian passport holders need to apply for a visa, unless they have Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Canadian citizens can apply for permanent entry and temporary entry visas issued by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, including worker visas, student visas and employer visas.

Options for Getting an Australian Visa for Canadians

The Australian Government offers four different visa options for those interested in applying for an Australian tourist visa. You may be eligible for an Australia tourist visa if you are visiting Australia for the holidays, recreation, sightseeing, or when you're visiting friends and family who live in Australia. If you are already an Australian citizen or have citizenship status by descent, you are not eligible to apply for be granted a visa to visit Australia.

Requirements for an Australian visa for Canadians are similar to those who are citizens of other countries outside of Australia. Canadian citizens may apply for a Permanent Entry Visa or different types of Temporary Entry Visas. The Australian Government issues the following types of visas for Canadian business travelers, short-term visitor, those on a working holiday, and education providers:

  • Work Visa
  • Migrant Visa
  • Visitor Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Employer Visa

If you are unsure which type of Australian visa for Canadians is the best match for your particular situation, you can use the online Visa Wizard tool on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website. You will be asked a series of questions about your stay, including length of stay, primary reason for your visit, whether you intend on working during your visit, and other key information to determine eligibility for an Australian visa. When you have determined what type of visa you are eligible to apply for, you will then need to complete the application as thoroughly and accurately as possible, and also provide appropriate supporting documents.

Tips for Applying for an Australia Visa for Canadians

Canada passport holders need to provide proof of citizenship when applying for an Australian visa, and complete all paperwork required based on the type of visa they are applying for.

Review your visa application requirements in detail to make sure you have included all necessary information and are sending in the appropriate types of supporting documents. You will need to pay a processing or service fee in Australian dollars in order to have your application reviewed. Make sure you are aware of the visa application costs and fees before you submit your application.

If you decide to submit your Australian visa for Canadians application online, you will need to convert your supporting documents into the appropriate file format and upload these into the system.

Citizens of Canada applying for a temporary entry visa are eligible for speedy processing of their visa application through the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). If you are being sponsored by an Australian employer, you will need to submit your visa application at the same office where your employer sent in your visa papers.

Once your online application for an Australian visa for Canadians has been submitted, you will be assigned a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) that you can use to track your visa status at any time. If you decide to submit your visa application via mail, you will need to contact the appropriate office at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and communicate with your Case Officer.