Parent Visa


This visa allows an Australian citizen, permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen to sponsor their parents to travel to and remain in Australia. The parent must meet the balance of family test.

Balance of family test

The balance-of-family test measures your ties to Australia. You meet this requirement if either:

  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia
  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

You must meet this requirement to be granted this visa. It cannot be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.

The table below gives some examples of families with different numbers of children and whether they would pass the balance-of-family test.

Parent visas subclasses:

 103 - Parent
 143 - Contributory Parent
 173 - Contributory Parent (Temporary)
 804 - Aged Parent
 864 - Contributory Aged Parent
 884 - Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)