Australians wishing to sponsor their partner to remain in the country will be forced to undergo a character test and have the results shared within the relationship before a visa application can be made.
The government says the new changes will protect migrants from domestic and family violence.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge revealed further details of the changes, first announced in last week’s federal budget, on Wednesday morning, including that any adverse findings from the sponsor’s character check would be shared with their partner so they can “make an informed decision” about whether to proceed with an expensive visa application.
The results would include any information that suggests a potential threat of future violence, including past convictions and charges, Mr Tudge said.
Immigration officials, however, would still have discretion over whether a visa application can proceed.
While supporting the sharing of information between a couple, domestic and family violence