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From April 2014, Australians applying to enter the United Kingdom must apply for their entry clearance using the newly opened Visa Application Centres (VACs) located across Australia.
 
As part of the outsourcing plan of UK Visa Services to VFS Global, and in order to cater for higher demand, five new centres have opened in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.
 
The new VACs provide a more convenient way for applicants to submit and collect documents. There is a ‘Visa Priority Service’ to fast track processing times for a ‘Points Based System’ and visit visas. The priority service aims to complete processing within 5–7 days for non-settlement applications and 10 days for settlement applications by printing the visas in Canberra instead of the Manila processing hub.
 
The Priority Service charges AUD 190 for non-settlement applications and AUD 380 for settlement applications. This will expedite the process by at least 10 days compared to the usual processing time of 15–20 days. Applicants can also opt to have their passports and documents couriered to their nominated address following visa issuance. Application and biometric appointments must be made online prior to visiting a VAC.
 
The VACs’ opening times and visa service fees (required for applications submitted in Brisbane, Canberra and Perth) are:
 

City

Location

Operating Days/Times

Service Fees

Sydney

Level 8, 189 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Mon – Fri 
08.30 – 15:00 
by appointment

n/a

Melbourne

Suite 3, Level 13, 
55 Swanston Street, 
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Mon – Fri 
08.30 – 15:00 
by appointment

n/a

Brisbane

Level 8, 87 Wickham Terrace, 
Spring Hill, QLD 4000

Mon – Fri 
08.30 – 15:00 
by appointment

GBP 59/AUD 112

Canberra

Level 5, 7 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
08.30 – 15:00 
by appointment

GBP 59/AUD 112

Perth

Level 3, 267 St Georges Terrace Perth, WA 6000 (TBC)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
08.30 – 15:00 
by appointment

GBP 59/AUD 112