Fully vaccinated Student and Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa holders who travelled to Australia during a specified period are eligible for a refund of the VAC.
For Students, you will be eligible for a refund of the VAC paid in relation to that visa if both of the following apply:
- you hold a valid Student visa (subclasses 500, 560, 571, 572, 573, 574 or 575)
- you travelled to Australia on that visa between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022.
WHM visa holders will be eligible for a refund of the VAC paid in relation to that visa if both of the following apply:
- you hold a valid Working Holiday Maker visa (subclasses 417 or 462)
- you travelled to Australia on that visa between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022.
You do not need to lodge your claim immediately. If you hold a Student or WHM visa, and you travelled to Australia within the specified period, you will be eligible for a refund.
You can make a claim any time up until 31 December 2022.
Note: We are processing claims as quickly as possible.
The time required to assess each claim will vary for each visa holder because we process each claim according to the visa holder’s individual circumstances. We must ensure that the refund payment is made to the correct person.
You can help by only lodging one claim. Attach the correctly completed requested documents to that claim.
If you are seeking a refund under the Student and Working Holiday VAC Refund Scheme, you must make a claim using the
Students and WHM refunds form
. Please do not lodge the refund claim under this scheme through ImmiAccount.