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There is a new a new visa condition : Condition 8304.

Not sure if it will apply across the board, but best to check visa grant letters for it from now on.

(1)The holder must use the same name to identify himself or herself in all official Australian identity documents.
(2)If the holder’s name changes, the holder must, as soon as practicable:
(a)notify the change to the issuer of any official Australian identity document held by the holder; and
(b)take all reasonable steps to ensure the change is given effect in relation to all official Australian identity documents held by the holder.
(3)For the purposes of this clause, an official Australian identity document includes*any document of identity issued by any of the following:
(a)the Commonwealth or a State or Territory;
(b)an authority of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory;
(c)an employee or official of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, or an authority of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, who is acting in the course of his or her duties or functions as such an employee or official.
 

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So this would mean, as one example, a person can't use their maiden name on a passport the visa is attached to and their married name in Australia?
My understanding is that the name has to be the same on all official documentation. The visa is typically linked to the passport held at time of application, so that would be be your official name.

This has been standard practice in Europe for ages, but Australia has always been notoriously casual about it. Looks like we're starting to catch up.
 
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