Significant Investor Visa Program
The Significant Investor Visa (SIV) offers a four-year pathway to permanent
residency for entrepreneurial and high net worth individuals willing to
make substantial complying investments in areas of the Australian economy
that will drive innovation and the commercialisation of Australian ideas.
A new complying investment framework for the SIV came into effect on 1 July
The Migration Regulations can be accessed at
The Migration Instrument can be accessed at
How to apply for a SIV
applying for a SIV, applicants need to be nominated by a state or territory government or
The advantage of state or territory government nomination is the ongoing
support provided to SIV investors, including assistance with settlement and
connecting investors to support services and local information after
arrival. Please contact the relevant state or territory government agency
for more information.
Potential applicants interested in being nominated by Austrade should
contact Austrade at
Austrade charges a non-refundable fee of $1,000 for applications for SIV
nomination. States and territories charge lesser fees and some do not
charge any fees.
For information about SIV application fees, please see the Department of Home Affairs website.
Home Affairs Review of Business Innovation and Investment Program
The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) is undertaking a review of its Business Innovation and Investment program, which includes the Significant Investor Visa, with the aim of maximising returns to Australia’s economy from these visas.
Home Affairs is seeking written submissions in response to a number of consultation questions and will be arranging meetings with industry to discuss the review. Submissions are due by COB 14 February 2020.
For further information on the review, please go to the Home Affairs website.
The SIV complying investment framework is available in
SIV complying investment
frequently asked questions.
Migration (IMMI15/100:ComplyingInvestments) Instrument 2015
Department of Home Affairs' SIV
for periodic updates on the complying investment framework for the SIV.
Questions about the SIV complying investment framework or Austrade
nomination for a SIV can be directed to Austrade’s Investor Visa Unit by
Any questions about the expression of interest and application process for
the SIV, including the assessment of complying investments, should be
directed to the Department of Home Affairs by emailing
This is for information only and is not advice. Austrade does not guarantee its accuracy, currency or completeness. Any person relying on this information does so entirely at their own risk and Austrade urges any user to seek professional advice before making any decision. Austrade denies liability for any loss arising from reliance on information provided on this website.