In order for an applicant to prove that they have the necessary substantial ties of benefit to Australia, they may claim:
- Business ties
- Cultural ties
- Employment ties
- Personal ties
If you are claiming business ties with Australia, you will need to show that you have substantial ownership interests in an Australia business, or a business connected with Australia, and are personally involved at a senior level in the day-to-day operations and management of the business. The business activity needs to be ongoing, regular activity that is commercial in nature, has an intention to make a profit and has a system of record keeping and management that substantiates the business activity claimed.
There are a range of intellectual, artistic, sporting or religious pursuits which are not strictly of a business or employment nature but could be considered to be a cultural tie to Australia. If you are claiming cultural ties, you will need to provide proof your role is adding to Australia’s cultural life. This can include publications you have written, your membership of cultural associations, any media articles about you or proof of your performances.
To prove you have employment ties to Australia, you must show that:
- You are currently employed by an Australian organization in Australia or overseas.
- You have a formal offer of employment in Australia.
- Your employment by a non-Australian organisation has a demonstrable benefit to Australia, for example, working as a representative of Australia for an international organisation.
This is the most common basis claimed by applicants.
Substantial personal ties could be of benefit to Australia if you are, or have been, a participating member of the Australian community and economy. Living in Australia for a substantial period of time or living overseas with an Australian citizen partner is taken into account. Proof of personal assets or family who live in Australia could also help to demonstrate personal ties if you are able to show they are both substantial and of benefit to Australia. If you have spent your formative years in Australia, and have studied at an Australian school or tertiary institution, this can also help provide you have substantial personal ties to Australia. If you regard Australia as home, this can also help.