Investor stream

Your business documents

  • overview of your business career and intentions in Australia, which can include:
    • a statement outlining your intended business and/or investment activities
    • a description of your research or study in relevant sectors in Australia
    • a description of the business activities of the business in Australia in which you have an interest, and the period of ownership (if applicable).
  • evidence of net value of business and personal assets, which can include:
    • For cash assets: bank statements, on a single day in the three months preceding your application. All bank statements must have the same date of issue and must clearly identify the account holder
    • For real estate assets: evidence of ownership (certificate of title, title deed, valuation certificate by an accredited property valuer and/or mortgage certificate
    • For personal loans: loan agreements clearly identifying the borrower and lender, loan statements indicating amount borrowed and repayment schedule
    • For stocks and bonds: share or debentures certificates, fixed interest securities, ownership and market value of claimed marketable securities such as bonds
    • If you want to include assets held by a trust, you must include a copy of the trust deed.
  • evidence of business ownership at the time you are invited to apply, such as:
    • full company extract or certificate of incorporation
    • shareholder certificate lodged with the Company Registrar, showing your share of capital annual return of the business
    • memorandum and articles of association
    • certificate of business registration, business licence or business names extract for the business
    • franchise agreement, company registrar, or share transfer documents
    • partnership agreements between all partners
    • if your business is a trust: full trust deed and amendments (including the names of all trustees and beneficiaries at the time the trust was formed).
  • overview of your eligible investment activity or your qualifying business activity and intentions in Australia, which could include:
    • your curriculum vitae or resume
    • a statement outlining intended business and investment activities
    • a description of your research or study in relevant sectors in Australia
    • a description of the business activities of the business in Australia in which you have an interest and your period of ownership, if applicable.
  • if applicable:
    • details if any of your businesses has operated at a loss
    • evidence if any of your businesses is or has been subject to insolvency, receivership or liquidation
    • evidence of bankruptcy of any of your businesses.

Management or ownership in a qualifying business

Provide these documents only if you want to prove your management or ownership in a qualifying business.

  • a statement of management for one of the five fiscal years before you were invited to apply for this visa, showing your direct and continuous involvement in the management of the business and day-to-day decision-making
  • an organisational chart of the business for the same year, showing direct management reporting lines and functional responsibilities
  • a business registration certificate or licence •evidence of your share of ownership, such as:
    • evidence of purchase
    • share registers, company registers and/or share transfer documents
    • historical company extracts
    • annual returns of directors and shareholders
    • partnership, trust and/or franchise agreements.

Management, ownership and value of eligible investments

Provide these documents only if you want to prove your management or ownership of AUD1.5 million in eligible investments.

  • a summary of eligible investments claimed for one of the five fiscal years immediately before you were invited to apply for this visa, including:
    • their net value
    • a summary statement of management of each eligible investment.
  • evidence of management of investments for the above period one of the five fiscal years immediately before you were invited to apply for this visa:
    • for ownership interest in a business: evidence that you have managed the performance of the business or have been involved in the management of the business
    • for loans to businesses: a copy of terms and conditions, interest rate, record of repayments
    • for cash on deposit: evidence of having monitored interest rates and returns on this investment against other potential eligible investments
    • for stocks and bonds: evidence that you have measured the performance of these assets
    • for real estate: yield statements in terms of income from investment properties, cash flow statements and disbursements, records of property maintenance or improvements
    • for gold and silver bullion: the result of regular (at least twice yearly) valuations of bullion.
  • evidence of your ownership of each eligible investment:
    • for ownership in a business: at least one of evidence of purchase; share registers, company registers, or share transfer documents; historical company extracts; annual returns of directors and shareholders; partnership, trust or franchise agreements
    • for loans to a business: certified copies of loan agreements, evidence that the loan is recorded in the financial statements of the debtor business
    • for cash on deposit: bank statements identifying the account holder
    • for stocks and bonds: a record of share transactions verified by a stockbroker or the stock exchange as at the end of the fiscal year
    • for real estate: certified copies of title deeds
    • for gold or silver bullion: certified copy of the purchase contract from a registered bullion dealer; independent confirmation that you still own the bullion, indicating where it is held.

Label each document so that it clearly identifies the eligible investment. Cross-reference the investment to the appropriate item in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (SALP) on Form 1139A - Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (68KB PDF).

  • evidence of the net value of each eligible investment for the five​ fiscal years immediately before you were invited to apply for this visa.

Source of funds used to make the designated investment

  • evidence of liabilities (if any) against each investment (for example, mortgages; loans, including unsecured and third party loans; credit cards).

Label each document so that it clearly identifies the eligible investment. Cross-reference the investment to the appropriate item in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (SALP) on Form 1139A - Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (68KB PDF).

  • evidence that funds proposed to be used to make the designated investment were accumulated from qualifying business or eligible investment activities (for example, evidence of dividends or profit retained in the business and available for distribution).

Identify those funds or assets that will be used to make the designated investment in Form 1139A - Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (68KB PDF).

Net assets

  • a Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (SALP) completed to the end of each of the three consecutive fiscal years before you were invited to apply:
    • Form 1139A - Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (68KB PDF)
  • if you lodge your application more than three months after the end of the fiscal year: a fourth SALP as at the date of the application
  • evidence of ownership of assets with a minimum total net value of AUD2.25 million at each point of time shown in the SALPs, including evidence of:
    • the value of each asset
    • liabilities (if any) against each asset (for example, mortgages; loans, including unsecured and third-party loans; credit cards)
    • for assets held via a trust: a copy of the trust deed
    • for cash assets: bank statements for the dates nominated on your SALPs
    • for real estate assets, for the dates nominated on your SALPs: title deeds, valuation certificate by an accredited property valuer, mortgage documents
    • for personal or business loans, for the dates nominated on your SALPs: loan agreements, loan statements indicating amount borrowed and repayment schedule; listings in business balance sheets (if loan is to or from a business)
    • for ownership interests in businesses, for the dates nominated on your SALPs: evidence of ownership, such as evidence of purchase; share registers; company registers; share transfer documents; historical company extracts; annual returns of directors and shareholders; partnership, trust or franchise agreements; evidence of value, such as extracts from financial statements for each business, prepared by an independent accountant to International Accounting Standards and including a balance sheet and notes to the accounts
    • for stocks and bonds: share or bond registers, shares, fixed interest securities, debenture certificates, transfer certificates for the dates nominated on your SALPs.
  • label each document so that it clearly identifies the eligible investment. Cross-reference the investment to the appropriate item in the SALPs.

Points test documents

Provide documents only for items for which you seek to be awarded points.

English language ability

  • To be awarded points for higher English language ability you must demonstrate that you have either vocational English or proficient English.

Qualifications

  • a certified copy of the trade qualification, diploma or bachelor degree used to claim points.

Net assets

  • provide three consecutive snapshots of your financial situation throughout the two fiscal years prior to the time of invitation to apply for the visa using Form 1139A - Statement of Assets and Liabilities Position (SALP) (68KB PDF).

Business turnover

  • a full set of financial statements for the business, for two of the four fiscal years before you were invited to apply for this visa, prepared by an independent accountant to International Accounting Standards, including a balance sheet, profit and loss statement and notes to the accounts.

Business experience

  • evidence that you have been engaged in business activities for either:
    • at least four years in the five years immediately before you were invited to apply for this visa
    • at least seven years in the eight years immediately before you were invited to apply.
  • corporate ownership records, business financial statements, taxation records, trust deeds or other documents demonstrating your history in business.

Investment experience

  • evidence that you have been engaged in investment activities for either:
    • at least four years in the five years immediately before you were invited to apply for this visa
    • at least seven years in the eight years immediately before you were invited to apply.
  • documentary evidence for the first year that will establish your history of investment experience. For example, if you are seeking to demonstrate investment experience of more than seven years, provide evidence of investment activity for the first of the seven years immediately before the time of invitation
  • a statement of assets and liabilities for the first and each subsequent year for the claimed period of investment experience to indicate that the eligible investments had a value of not less than AUD100 000 throughout the claimed investment period:
  • a statement of management of the investments over the claimed investment period.

Innovation

  • registered patent or design:
    • documentary evidence issued by the relevant national or regional intellectual property administration office to prove ownership, including sufficient information to allow an assessment of whether your ownership meets the requirement for the award of points
    • a detailed statement outlining how the registered patent or registered design is relevant to the operations of your main business and how it is applied in the day-to-day activities of the business. You must be able to provide evidence to support any claims made in the statement if we ask you to.
  • registered trademark:
    • documentary evidence issued by the relevant national or regional intellectual property administration office to prove ownership of the trademark. The documents must include sufficient information to allow an assessment of whether your ownership meets the requirement for the award of points
    • a detailed statement outlining how the trademark is relevant to the operations of your main business and how it is applied in the day-to-day activities of the business. You must be able to provide evidence to support any claims made in the statement if we ask you to.
  • joint venture agreement: A copy of the agreement showing:
    • the details of the respective rights and obligations of the parties to the joint venture
    • that the agreement was entered into at least one year before you were invited to apply for this visa, and that your business is a party to the joint venture.
  • joint venture agreement: A detailed statement outlining:
    • how you used your skills when actively participating at a senior level in the day-to-day management of the joint venture business evidence to support the claims made in the statement
    • that the joint venture was operated in accordance with the joint venture agreement.
  • export trade: Evidence that at least 50 per cent of the turnover of your main business related to export trade for at least two of the four fiscal years before you were invited to apply for this visa, such as:
    • monthly or annual tax returns showing the cumulative export sales of the main business for the year
    • customs declarations
    • the underlying source documents in relation to the export transactions.

You might be required to provide a special-purpose report prepared by a qualified accountant attesting to your claim.

  • gazelle business:
    • a business licence or company extracts that show your main business was registered no more than five years before you were invited to apply for this visa
    • the financial statements of the main business, with supporting tax documents, to show an average annualised growth in turnover greater than 20 per cent per year over three consecutive fiscal years
    • evidence that you have had 10 or more full-time employees for at least one fiscal year of in the same consecutive three-year period claimed for growth in turnover, such as taxation records, insurance or superannuation documents or similar business records identifying each employee by name.
  • receipt of grant or venture capital funding:
    • certified copies of a grant letter and bank records to show the transfer of a government grant of at least AUD10 000 from the government to you or your main business
    • a copy of the final contract entered into between you and the venture capital firm and evidence of the receipt of the venture capital funding of at least AUD100 000
    • evidence that funding from either the government grant or a venture capital firm was received within the four years before you were invited to apply for this visa.