Assurance of Support

What you need to know if you want to give someone an assurance of support for certain types of visas and agreeing to support them financially.

You need to know


An assurance of support is a legal agreement you make with us to help someone get a visa to live in Australia. It's your promise to pay us back for any income support we give them.

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There are 2 types of assurance of support. Which one you need depends on the visa type.

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To be eligible to become an assurer for an assurance of support you must meet certain criteria.

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Bank guarantee

If you give a bank guarantee you should be ready to put money in the bank to cover it's value.

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Assurance of support period

An assurance of support can last for 2 to 10 years. It depends on the type of visa.

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To become an assurer:

  • fill in an Application to Provide an Assurance of Support form
  • get any documents the form says you need to give us
  • take your form and documents to a service centre
  • attend a phone interview where we discuss what an assurer needs to do and if you can meet these obligations
  • we'll assess your claim and let you know the outcome

Existing customers

Payments from us

We may pay income support to the assuree during the assurance of support period if you can't support them, or they can't accept support from you.

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Page last updated: 1 November 2017