For some visas, including parent visas, an Assurance of Support (AoS) must be given.

This is done through Centrelink, separately from the main visa application. It’s designed to ensure that new migrants do not require social welfare during their initial years in Australia.

Generally, you are requested to provide the AoS at the end of the visa process.

Anyone can be an assurer as long as they are over the age of 18, an Australian resident and based in Australia.

Parent visa

How does an Assurance of Support work?

The assurer needs to prove that they earn enough to provide for the applicant or applicants in case they encounter financial difficulty following their move to Australia.

A special formula is used to calculate the income level required. The Government believes that adults should have a minimum of $28,868.84 to live on (equal to the ‘newstart income cut-off amount’). Therefore, if a person wants to sponsor two parents, their income must exceed $86,606.52 (that’s $28,868.84 multiplied by 3).

Using the same formula, a single person sponsoring one parent would need their income to exceed $57,737.68.

If the sponsoring adult has children of their own then the amount goes up even more; as well as providing for their parents (if required), they must also have enough money to look after their own family.

The amount calculated for children is lower (it’s 10% of the $28,868.84 threshold).

When you apply to provide an AoS you will need to show that you have maintained this income level for two financial years.

You will receive a request when it is time to provide your AoS.

Assurance of support example 1:

If a son who is married and has two children wishes to provide an AoS for his parents, his income must exceed $121,250 (rounded up).

Son: $28,868.84
Wife: $28,868.84
Parent 1: $28,868.84
Parent 2: $28,868.84
Child 1: $2,886.89
Child 2: $2,886.89

However, other people can also provide an AoS and incomes may be combined to reach the required threshold. This makes it much easier to reach the magic number.

Further AoS examples:

One single adult
One parent
$57,737.68
One single adult
Two parents
$86,606.52
Adult with a partner
One parent
$86,606.52
Adult with a partner
Two parents
$115,475.36
Adult with a partner and child
Two parents
$118,362.25
Adult with a partner and two children
Two parents
$121,249.14
Two assurers, both have partners
Two parents
$173,213.94

Use this Centrelink calculator to determine your AoS requirements.

Values of securities

Effective from 1 April 2019, there will also be an increase to the value of securities that are required.

For contributory parent visas, $15,000 is required for the primary applicant and $6,000 for the secondary applicant. This money is held by the Government and returned after 10 years.

For the non-contributory parent visa, $7,500 is required for the primary applicant and $3,000 for a secondary applicant. These funds are held and returned after 2 years.

Contact us today and we can provide you with an estimate based on your individual circumstances.