Form 80 & Partner Visas


by Rofia Mavaddat - LL.B - Registered Migration Agent [MARN 1467678]

April 10, 2024

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A Form 80 is a Character Assessment Form that’s required for many different visa categories – it’s not specific to Partner Visas. It’s also not a mandatory form, which means you can technically lodge your Partner Visa without providing it, but I always recommend applicants complete this form as part of the forms for their partner visa application. 

The most recent version of the Form 80 can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website by searching “Form 80” under the Departmental Forms section

Why? Because I’ve seen time and time again the Department requesting it. You’re already compiling information for your partner visa application so if you want to provide a decision ready application, then I would recommend completing the Form 80. You will probably save yourself time down the line and reduce the likelihood of a decision maker requesting it. 

The Applicant (person applying for the visa) needs to provide a Form 80. Interestingly, I have seen a couple of cases where the decision maker requests a Sponsor to also complete a Form 80, but 99% of the time, it’s the Applicant.

If you’ve taken a quick look at the Form 80, then you’ll know the Department wants a lot of information… like A LOT of information. It can feel overwhelming providing all of the information they are requesting but if you take it a step at a time then you’ll get through it. 

Here are some of the questions on the Form 80 that I see people making the most number of mistakes on:

Question 17

Question 17 asks you to list your address history for the last 10 years. It’s important here that there are no gaps in your address history! Oftentimes an applicant will provide either just their current address or their main addresses with gaps in between dates. 

Gaps in the Form 80 are a huge no no and you risk slowing down your application if the decision maker isn’t satisfied that you’ve completed the form properly. 

It’s okay to be unsure of exact dates. If you’re not sure which month you moved into a certain address then provide ‘January’ as the default date. You can then provide an explanation with the Form 80 that you may not recall the exact dates for each address. 

Question 18

Read this question carefully. This question is asking if you have travelled to any country other than Australia in the last 10 years. 

One of the common mistakes I see here is the applicant listing travels and holidays to Australia as well. 

Question 19

Without fail, most mistakes are made at question 19. The Department is asking for not only your employment history, but that includes periods of unemployment. Oftentimes I will review a Form 80 and there will be large gaps in employment. It’s okay if you have had periods of unemployment, but you need to disclose it. 

If you read question 19 in full, the Department wants you to start with employment/unemployment details since birth! This means from birth to your first period of employment, you will need to list ‘unemployed’ and explain how you supported yourself during this period. 

Question 48

This question stumps a lot of people – especially if they have a large network of people inside Australia. For the purposes of the Form 80, you only need to provide details of one other person contact in Australia (even if you know 100).

  1. Read each question very carefully. You may not need to answer every single question on this form (depending on your circumstances). Some questions require information from certain time periods. For example, you should be providing travel details for the last 10 years, and employment details since birth. Be clear on what the question is asking of you.
  2. No gaps. There should be no gaps in the information you provide. If there is a gap, then an explanation should be provided. 
  3. Use Part T of the Form 80 to provide additional information. You may need more space to complete the form than what some of the questions offer. If that’s the case, use Part T to add the additional information. Otherwise, you can also create your own ‘annexure’ to the Form 80 and attach it.
  4. Quality Check. This means double and triple checking the information you provide on the Form 80. Make sure you have completed all relevant questions and sections. Once that’s done, cross check the Form 80 against any other forms you are providing in support of your partner visa. 
  5. Don’t forget to sign the Form 80. An electronic signature will suffice, saving you from printing and signing the Form 80. 

When its comes to forms, the Form 80 is just one of a number of different forms you may need to know about if you are lodging a Partner Visa. To find out about the other forms needed then check out my guide to getting the forms right

Remember that if you need help and guidance on any aspect of your Partner Visa then send us an enquiry today, or book a free introductory session with me to learn more about how we can help you.


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Rofia Mavaddat - LL.B - Registered Migration Agent [MARN 1467678]

Rofia was born in Perth, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Law and has been a Registered Migration Agent since 2014. Rofia chose to specialise in Partner Visas because of a deep-seated belief in the power of love and family unity. She has seen firsthand the joy and fulfillment that comes from reuniting couples and keeping families together. Her work in this area allows her to witness and be a part of the beautiful stories of love and togetherness - what could be more rewarding? 

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