Increasing amounts of the Department of Home Affairs' services no longer involve the physical exchange of paper forms and letters and alternatively encourage the use of online immigration services.
Australian visas are recorded electronically and the Australian Government no longer requires visa holders to have an Australian visa label in their passport. Most non-citizens of Australia who now travel to and reside in Australia do not have visa labels in their passports.
Online visa verification provides more timely and secure information as to the entitlements of a visa holder.
Some visa holders may continue to present with a printed visa label affixed to their passport.
Policy reference: SS Guide 9.1 What Is a Visa?