Assurance of Support

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

There may be changes to the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period and Assurance of Support program for new migrants, if legislation is passed. Read more on the Department of Social Services website.

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 its value.

Read more about a bank guarantee for assurance of support

Assurance of support period

The assurance of support period depends on the type of visa you apply for. It can last for 1, 2 or 10 years.

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Apply to give an assurance of support

The easiest way to apply to give an assurance of support is online.

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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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Help in your language

We can help you with translated information or you can speak with a skilled bilingual service officer.

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Payment and Service Finder

Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.

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Manage your money

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Page last updated: 4 April 2018