From Wednesday 8 June 2016, all applicants, regardless of nationality, who are in South Africa at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia are required to provide their biometrics along with their application, unless otherwise excluded or exempted from doing so under Australian Government policy.
Biometric data is collected through a quick, discreet and a non-intrusive process that captures a facial image using a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan on a dry scanner machine. This process will be familiar to applicants who have travelled to other countries requiring biometric data collection.
Applicants will need to attend one of the five (5) Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) or Australian Biometric Collection Centres (ABCCs) in person to provide their biometrics.
Please note that from 24 June 2019, ABCCs in South Africa will be operated by VFS Global. If you are requested to provide your biometrics in relation to a visa application, you will need to make an appointment.
You can find your nearest ABCC or AVAC here.
Applicants required to provide their biometrics will need make an appointment with their nearest ABCC. Applicants are required to take their Request to Provide Personal Identifiers letter and their passport to the appointment.
Some applicants may be partially exempt from biometric collection, but will still need to attend a Visa Application or Biometric Collection Centre to provide basic personal identifiers. These applicants include minors less than 5 years old (photo only required) and mentally or physically incapable persons (photo only required).
Australia collects biometrics from visa applicants in a number of countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas. The collection of biometrics from visa applicants will improve visa integrity, reduce identity fraud and improve security and safety for travellers and the Australian community.
Further information on travel to Australia can be found here.