What could happen to your visa and citizenship if you commit Domestic violence?

If you commit domestic violence in Australia or another country it’s treated very seriously by the government. It can lead to your visa being canceled or refused because of ‘bad character’. Your Citizenship applications can also be refused.
You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character.

The character requirements are set out under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. They help DHA decide if you are of good character or not.

You must meet the character requirements if you are applying for:

  • a visa or
  • Australian citizenship

This applies whether or not there is a court conviction or sentence because Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Officers can look to other ‘independent and authoritative sources’ for evidence of family violence.

The Department considers domestic and family violence to include:

▶ physical violence
▶ sexual assault
▶ verbal or emotional abuse
▶ controlling behavior
▶ stalking
▶ technology facilitated abuse
▶ financial abuse
▶ abuse of the elderly
▶ forced isolation or economic deprivation, including dowry-related abuse.

When deciding about your character, DHA officers will look at the conduct and whether you accept responsibility and understand the impact of your violence, and what you have done to change yourself. For example, going to behavior change or alcohol programs.

To check Character requirements for visas visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/character

We do not support any form of domestic & family violence. If you are experiencing domestic and family violence you can apply for a protection order. For free, confidential counseling and information call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732

If you or someone you know is in danger, call the Police on 000. Police in Australia are safe and can be trusted. For more details visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/domestic-family-violence-and-your-visa/overview