Key visa cancellation statistics

The following charts provide a graphical representation of visa cancellations for key cohorts under the Migration Act 1958.

Character cancellations and refusals

More information about the Australian character requirements​ is available. 

Character refusal or cancellation decisions will, as a consequence, lead to any un-decided visa applications or visas held also being refused or cancelled. Consequential cancellation or refusal figures are not reflected in the following (character related) charts.

Character cancellations and refusals since 2010-11 financial year

This graph represents all character (section 501) cancellations and visa refusals over the last seven financial years. 

Over the 2013–14 and 2015–16 financial years, the number of visa cancellations on character grounds have increased tenfold due to December 2014 legislative amendments to the Migration Act 1958. These amendments introduced, among other things, a new mandatory cancellation provision under section 501(3A). See the Explanatory Memorandum​ for these amendments.

Character cancellations over the last 12 months

This graph represents the number of character cancellations by quarter from 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017.

Crime types for character cancellations over the last 12 months

This graph represents the number of character cancellations undertaken from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, grouped by crime type. For the purposes of this graph, only the primary offence category is shown; the field is therefore not exhaustive as non-citizens may have multiple offences/sentences recorded.

Character cancellations by state or territory over the last 12 months

This graph shows the number of character cancellations undertaken from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 grouped by the Australian state/territory location of the visa holder at the time of cancellation consideration.

Top 10 Nationalities featured in Character cancellations over the last 12 months

This graph represents character cancellations undertaken from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 grouped by nationality.

Revocation trends in Character cancellations over the last 12 months

A non-citizen whose visa is mandatorily cancelled can seek to have the cancellation decision revoked.  This graph represents the number of finalised revocation requests from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

A ‘Revoked’ decision results in a visa being reinstated, whereas a ‘Not Revoked’ outcome upholds the cancellation decision.

Student visa cancellations on non-character related grounds – past seven financial years

The student visa cancellation numbers in the graph below broadly follow trends related to the number of international students in Australia during these financial years. The increase in offshore cancellations through 2014-15 and 2015-16 coincides with a new business model deployed by the Department to reduce the timeframe for cancellation decisions. 2016-17 shows numbers beginning to re-stabilise.

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