Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)


This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily.

If you are granted this visa and want to stay in Australia permanently, you can then apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

Applying for this temporary subclass 173 visa before the permanent subclass 143 visa lets you spread the costs of your migration over a number of years.


You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

Length of stay​

2 years


You must be sponsored. Usually, this will be your child who must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

A sponsor can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

Sponsors have financial and other responsibilities.


You must meet the health requirement.


You must meet the character requirement.


You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

What you can do

This visa lets you:

  • live in Australia for up to two years
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for two years from the date the visa is granted.
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).
  • You cannot extend or re-apply for this visa.

You cannot extend or re-apply for this visa.

Your obligations

You and your family members must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions. You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

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