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What are considered “unacceptable activities” for Australia’s immigration visas?

I noticed that almost all visa categories have the requirement that applicants and their partners must have had no involvement in “unacceptable activities.” Which kinds of activities are considered “unacceptable”? Are they referring to activities in Australia or abroad? Could you specify them?

  • Julian-Armitage Migration Lawyers (JAM)
    January 24, 2019

    It considers criminality, association with terrorists, etc., not just in Australia.

  • Regis Legal
    January 24, 2019

    Unacceptable activities refer to you and/or your spouse/de factor partner for both Australia as well as overseas in any country you were in. In general, you are expected to have no substantial past or present criminal record. If you are involved in business, the next layer of checking comes in the form of business activities or practices that may not be considered acceptable and are: outside the generally accepted social or cultural norms of most persons in Australia; likely to be offensive to large segments of the Australian community; or otherwise likely to give rise to controversy were the applicant to enter Australia as the holder of a business. Certain examples include, but are not limited to: contravention of government laws (such as quarantine, tax evasion); criminal convictions relating to business activities; serious disregard of industry, licensing and regulations; fraudulent trade practices; foreign Investment Review Board violations; or not providing “fair pay” for employment.

  • ANZ Migration
    January 24, 2019

    The requirement is for the applicant (and spouse) to "not have a history of involvement in business or investment activities that are of a nature that is not generally acceptable in Australia." There are two parts to this requirement. "History" requires that this is more than a minor or one-time occurrence. The "activities" of concern fall into three areas related to the community/persons in Australia: outside generally accepted social or cultural norms of most persons; likely to be offensive to a large section of the community; or likely to give rise to controversy if the applicant were to enter Australia under this visa. As a policy guideline, processing officers will generally accept that this requirement is met if the business activities/practices would be considered lawful throughout Australia and there is no evidence to suggest other concerns.

  • Future in Australia
    January 24, 2019

    For immigration, it is unacceptable if someone is having criminal, illegal trafficking and illegal business activities in Australia and/or overseas.

  • Australian Visa Options
    January 24, 2019

    Unacceptable activities refers to any illegal activities the individual may have been involved in. This could have occurred in Australia or overseas. It can refer to illegally acquiring money and contravening industrial relation laws or employing unlawful citizens in their business. If a visa applicant does not have any adverse information in his business or personal history, there there will not be any issues in relation to the granting of their visa because of this requirement.

  • Quentin Kuo Law + Immigration
    January 30, 2019

    That's a good question! “Unacceptable activities" is intended to change and catch a wide scope. So there isn't really an answer. However, it is guided by the golden principle in Australia, which means you are innocent until guilty. So, in short, do not commit and/or associate with crime. In terms of location, it could be onshore of offshore. So, with the two points above, you need to abide by local laws.