The Australian Migration Act and its associated regulations meticulously define visa conditions, categorizing them into “mandatory” and “discretionary” under the provisions of Schedule 2 and Schedule 8. Specifically, Regulation 2.05 delineates these conditions for each visa subclass, identifying those that are obligatory upon the visa holder and those that may be applied at discretion. Further complexity is added with Regulation 2.40A, introduced in April 2015, which mandates specific conditions for Special Purpose Visas, making them compulsory without room for discretionary application. This regulation underscores the nuanced nature of visa conditions, indicating that not all are encompassed within Schedule 8. This omission includes certain conditions like the “first entry date” for migrant visas, illustrating the layered and detailed approach to visa regulation and the importance of understanding these subtleties for compliance and legal navigation within the Australian immigration framework.