The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur processes visa applications and applications for citizenship by descent, for people who are resident in Malaysia and Brunei.
Everyone, with the exception of Australian or New Zealand citizens, requires a visa prior to travelling to Australia.
Please do not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
Visa related FAQs
Answers to the following FAQs can be found here.
- What type of visa should I apply for?
- Can I apply for a visa on-line?
- What is an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and how do I get one?
- My Online ETA application has referred me to the Australian High Commission - what should I do?
- I have an ETA - can I get a job picking fruit in Australia?
- How do I lodge an application in Malaysia?
- How do I lodge an application in Brunei?
- What happens after I lodge my application with the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)?
- What is a complete application?
- How long will it take for the Department to process my visa application?
- Can I request priority processing?
- Can someone else make enquiries or receive information in relation to my application?
- Do I need a visa label to travel to Australia?
- My application was refused and I don’t think it was a fair decision - can this be appealed?
- I am subject to an exclusion period – does that mean I can never go to Australia again?
- Taking your domestic helper on your holiday in Australia?
- My passport has been lost or stolen and/or I've been issued with a new passport. What should I do?
Warning regarding visa scams in Malaysia
For information on known visa scams in Malaysia, click here.
- 2017-2018 Malaysia / Australia Work and Holiday visa program - A small number of visa places are still available in the 2017-2018 Malaysia/Australia Work and Holiday visa program. Applications can only be lodged in person at VFS Global if the applicant has first secured an appointment to lodge the application. Appointments can be made online via the VFS website from 9am on Monday 22 January 2018.
- Introduction of mandatory appointment system - From 1 November 2017, it is mandatory to have an appointment for the submission of visa application and enrolment of biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC).
- The Australian Government has announced the establishment of a Community Support Programme (CSP) from 1 July 2017. The CSP will enable communities and businesses, as well as families and individuals, to propose humanitarian visa applicants and support new humanitarian arrivals in their settlement journey. More information can be found here.
- The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. More information can be found here.
- On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Turnbull announced that the subclass 457 visa would be abolished and replaced with a new temporary work visa. Further details on this announcement can be found here.
- For visa arrangements for Australian students travelling to Malaysia, click here.
Applying for a visa to Australia
For information on where to apply for your visa see here.
Not sure what visa to apply for? Use the Visa Finder tool on the Department’s website.
Applying for Australian Citizenship
Applications for Australian citizenship by descent are processed at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. A person born outside Australia who is the child of an Australian citizen parent at birth may acquire Australian citizenship by descent. See here for more information about Australian citizenship by descent eligibility.
All other categories of citizenship application (grant/adoption/renunciation/resumption/evidence) must be lodged in Australia. For details, see the Australian Citizenship page of the Department's website.
This page was last updated on 20 November 2017