According to DIBP’s recent announcement, over 100,000 tourist visas have been granted to Chinese nationals who have celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year in Australia. It is a 17% increase from last year’s statistic, which has also broken the record of visas being processed to allow their visits.

The Chinese New Year (CNY) period is the peak travel period in China and it is understood that the Chinese are more willing to spend money during this period. DIBP has been applauded their quick processing time frame for the tourist visa applications from Chinese nationals with the majority of applications being processed within five days. The fast processing time frame has led to a significant boost in the Australian tourism industry.

The Sichuan province is one of the largest sources of tourist visa applications to Australia and the Australian Government has established a visa application centre in Chengdu specifically to enable the people in the Sichuan province to gain access to the Australian immigration services.

DIBP received well over 800,000 visitor visa applications from Chinese nationals for the 2015 year. The arrival of Chinese nationals in Australia reached a record of 1 million in 2015, spending more than A$7.7 billion ($5.34 billion) in the country. China continues to be the fastest growing major source market for Australia, with a year-on-year growth of 21.6% in 2015. The expenses spent by Chinese nationals in Australia have increased by more than 400% in the past 10 years, from A$1.5 billion in 2005 to A$7.7 billion in 2015.

Even with the quick processing time frame for tourist visa applications, applying for an Australian tourist visa could sometimes be rather frustrating. Applicants who are unable to demonstrate ties with their country of residence (for example, family, finance, employment) may raise doubts in DIBP on whether they would return to their home country when their tourist visa expires. Without sufficient supporting evidence, DIBP may decide to refuse the tourist visa applications.

To avoid any visa refusal by DIBP, you are advised to seek professional advice and assistance to avoid being in such frustrating situation. If you wish to apply for a tourist visa for yourself or your family members, give us a call on +61 3 9078 6819 or email us on to discuss your situation or visit our website on