I am from India, now in New Zealand. I have booked a ticket in Qantas Airways:

Auckland - Melbourne Terminal 2- Melbourne Terminal 2 - New Delhi, New Delhi to Ahmadabad.

I will be staying in Melbourne for 2 Hours 35 Minutes , do I require a transit visa?

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It looks like you will need a transit visa. From Travellers eligible to transit without a visa (TWOV), among the other things you need to be from one of the eligible countries:

a citizen of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (including its colonies), United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Vatican

But it also says

[Or] an Indian official passport holder

I assume that the latter clause is for government officials .. but that is my assumption.

You should the try to apply for a transit visa at (Subclass 771) Transit visa

  • Yes, that's what "official passport" means. Jan 6, 2020 at 18:58
  • @MichaelHampton I was trying to parse the idea of what was "not" an official passport. Because aren't all genuine passports "official"? I need more sleep :D Also the OP may have such a passport.
    – Peter M
    Jan 6, 2020 at 19:00

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