People should continue to follow the processes associated with paper applications for those lodged before 18 November 2017.
As of 17 November 2017, the Department no longer accepts paper applications either in person of by post, including applications that were posted before 17th but received later.
Payment must be made by credit card, paypal, China Union Pay or BPAY at time of lodgement.
While health and character checks are important, they are not core criteria to determine eligibility for grant of a Partner visa. However, officers will seek to finalise applications that are both fully documented and have health and character completed before these checks expire.