Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
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Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:
||have hair that covers the eyes
||wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below:).
If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should make an appointment with the Australian Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.
If you have a temporary decoration, such as mehndi, you should advise the Australian Visa Application Centre when booking your appointment to determine whether a scan will be possible.
If you refuse to submit your biometric data, your visa application cannot be processed and you will be referred to the Australian mission.
Applicants who are under 15 years of age, persons incapable of providing consent, or those physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will only need to provide a facial photograph.
If an applicant is incapable or less than 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian will be asked to give consent and be present when biometrics is collected.