Allow Australian permanent visa applicants to be quarantined without financial penalty

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As the COVID-19 situation continues, the Australian Government is updating their policies and procedures regarding economic, health and travel on a regular basis.

At the start of July, the Australian Federal Government allowed states to begin passing the cost of mandatory hotel quarantine to the individuals instead of the state government footing the bill. This cost of $2,800-$3,000 AUD per person is significant, and for all families or individuals to be forced to pay this is unconstitutional and unlawful.

As an applicant for a 309/100 Provisional/Permanent Partner Visa, we have already footed a $7,715AUD bill, plus more than $3500AUD in legal fees and thousands more in other costs & requirements. I know many other couples and individuals are in the same position as we are, and now having the burden of potentially an additional $3,000AUD is difficult to comprehend amid an unstable economic climate.

We are petitioning for the Australian Government to waive this quarantine fee for individuals who have already applied (before COVID-19) for a Partner Visa (subclass 309/100), Dependant Child visa (subclass 445), Carer visa (subclass 836, 116), and Child visa (Subclass 101, 802). We believe the fees already paid for these family migration visas are unjustifiable on their own.

Relinquish an additional burden on already stressed, strained individuals with an already significant upfront cost to simply bring their loved ones home.