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. These consequential cancellation or refusal figures are not reflected in the following (character related) charts.

Character cancellations and refusals since 2010/2011 financial year

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

Between the 2013–14 and 2015–16 financial years, the number of visa cancellations on character grounds increased tenfold due to the commencement of a new section of the Migration Act 1958. This Act amendment introduced new grounds for failing the character test, as well as a new mandatory cancellation provision under section 501(3A). See the Explanatory Memorandum​ for these amendments. Note that the number of character cancellations and refusals for the 2016/2017 financial year are 527 and 332 respectively (as at 31 December 2016).

Character cancellations from January to December 2016

This graph represents the number of character cancellations undertaken from 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016. As shown the number of character cancellations has remained steady over the last four quarters.


Character cancellations in 2016 by crime type

This graph represents the number of character cancellations undertaken from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016, 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.


Student visa cancellations on non-character related grounds – past six 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 - 2016 coincides with a new business model deployed by the Department to reduce the timeframe for cancellation decisions. Note that the number of onshore and offshore student visa cancellations for the 2016/2017 financial year is 2527 and 6511 respectively (as at 31 December 2016).

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