What is a remaining relative?

A remaining relative is a person who is a near relative of a person usually resident in Australia who is Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. Near relatives are brothers, sisters, parents, half brothers, half sisters and adopted family in the aforementioned category.  If the visa applicant is married, the spouse has no brothers, sisters, children, parents who live elsewhere other than the relatives in Australia on a permanent lawful basis.