As an Australian taxpayer, I find these increases absolutely disgraceful and offensive. It seems like the government just thinks "Ahh, visa fees don't affect most taxpayers in Australia, so lets just hike the fees - most voting citizens won't even notice".
It was only last year that my partner's subclass 300 application was $1995, and in such a short time it's gone to more than $3000. What a joke.
They have already stated that the current fees cover the cost of processing, so it seems this extra money is just going into the government coffers (or perhaps to pay for PNG).... I voted for them last time too!
Last edited by BonezAU; 08-08-2013 at 10:01 AM.