Pay travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia

For religious workers and special program only

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the sponsored person you have sponsored to leave Australia. They must ask you in writing for you to pay the costs. We can also make a written request on their behalf.

    The costs will be considered reasonable and necessary if they include all of the following:
  • travel from the sponsored persons’ usual place of residence in Australia to their place of departure from Australia
  • travel from Australia to the country for which the sponsored visa holder holds a passport and intends to travel to
  • economy class air travel or, where that is not available, a reasonable equivalent.

Travel costs must be paid within 30 days of receiving the request.

You will only be required to pay return travel costs once. If a sponsored person returns to Australia (whilst holding the visa for which you sponsored them) after you have paid their return travel costs, you will not be required to pay their return travel costs again.

This obligation starts on the day the visa is granted.

    This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest):
  • the person you sponsored is granted another visa other than a bridging visa, a criminal justice visa, or an enforcement visa
  • the person you sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.
  • the person you sponsored is granted another visa other than a bridging visa, a criminal justice visa, or an enforcement visa
  • the person you sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

For domestic workers (executive)

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the sponsored person and their sponsored family members to travel to and to leave Australia.

    The costs will be considered reasonable and necessary if they include all of the following:
  • the sponsored person’s travel to Australia
  • travel to the sponsored person’s place of residence in Australia from the place of arrival in Australia
  • travel from the sponsored person’s place of residence in Australia to the place of departure from Australia
  • travel from Australia to the country from which the sponsored person came to Australia
  • are for economy class air travel or, where unavailable, a reasonable equivalent.

This obligation starts on the day the visa is granted.

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest).