Australian Visas: Fact sheet for Organisations
This is a general guide to assist organisations on the most common temporary visa options for those travelling to Australia to support temporary work, training, study and business activities in Australia. While this is an overview, you should visit the Department of Home Affairs website for current and comprehensive information. At the bottom of the page are some examples of scenarios and suitable visas.
Information on lodgement and visa processes is also provided in our Frequently Asked Questions.
This visa is for people travelling to Australia for a short business visit to undertake a ‘business visitor activity’ and is generally granted for a stay period of up to 3 months.
A business visitor activity includes:
· making a general business or employment enquiry
· investigating, negotiating, entering into, or reviewing a business contract
· an activity carried out as part of an official government to government visit
· participation in a conference, trade fair or seminar in Australia
Study and training
The Business Visitor Stream allows holders to undertake studies or training for up to 3 months. The activities must not have adverse consequences for employment or training opportunities for Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
Not permitted on this visa
· Working for or providing services to a business or organisation based in Australia
· Selling goods or services directly to the public
· Paid speakers or presenters for ticketed events
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) Business Visitor Stream
This visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to do work which is
· Short-term (normally up to 3 months, can be up to 6 months in limited circumstances)
· Highly specialised (skilled)
· Non-ongoing (likely to be within a continuous period of 6 months or less)
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)
This visa allows applicants to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in one or more specified activities at the invitation of an organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia. Activities include:
· Invited participant: for people who are invited for stays up to 3 months by an organisation operating in Australia to participate in a specific cultural or social event or events. For example, conferences, sporting, religious and other community events.
· Entertainer: to work in the entertainment industry in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the-scenes role, such as directing, producing and other production roles.
o Invited to participate or observe in an Australian research project
o to undertake a research activity at an Australian tertiary or research institution related to your field of study.
· Religious worker: to be a full-time religious worker, serving the religious objectives of a religious institution in Australia.
· Special program: to participate in an approved special program that provides opportunities for youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community benefits.
o play, coach, instruct or adjudicate under contract to an Australian sporting club or organisation
o participate in a high-level sports training program.
· Exchange: to work in a skilled position under a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement to:
o give participants an opportunity to experience another culture
o enhance international relations
o broaden participants’ experience and knowledge.
· Superyacht crew: to be employed as a superyacht crew member on board a superyacht in Australia.
· Domestic worker (executive): to work full time in the household of certain senior foreign executives.
· Australian Government endorsed event: to participate in a government endorsed major event.
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa
This visa, referred to as the TSS visa, enables employers to address temporary labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor in one of three streams: Short-term, Medium-term and Labour Agreement stream. Occupations in these streams must be included on the relevant eligible skilled occupation list.
Applicants must have the skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business for an approved occupation.
The length of stay is one to four years depending on the nominated occupation, the visa stream and an applicant’s circumstances.
Applicants might get this visa, as an overseas worker, if they:
· have been nominated for a position by an approved sponsor and that nomination has been approved
· meet any required skills and qualifications requirements including completing any skills assessments required
· meet English language requirements
· if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, a Bridging Visa A, B or C
· have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to the last visa
· meet health and character requirements
· meet the requirements of the stream in which they apply.
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa
The Training visa enables approved sponsors to bring occupational trainees, professionals, managers and government officials to Australia for up to two years to take part in an approved workplace-based or professional development (classroom-based) training program. Training may be approved for one of the following purposes (training types):
· Occupational training for registration
· Occupational training to improve skills in an eligible occupation
· Occupational training for capacity building overseas. This includes overseas qualification, government support or professional development.
· be nominated for an approved training type (unless the sponsor is a Commonwealth Government Agency)
· be invited (if the sponsor is a Commonwealth Government Agency)
· usually be at least 18 years of age
· meet English language requirements
· meet health and character requirements.
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Training (subclass 407) visa
The Work and Holiday program encourages cultural exchange and ties between Australia and eligible partner countries, including Vietnam. The program provides a limited number of young people with the opportunity to holiday in Australia and undertake short term work.
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.
This visa allows an applicant to stay in Australia to study full-time in a recognised education institution. Before an applicant applies for this visa, they must have:
· been accepted to study full-time at an educational institution in Australia
· organised appropriate welfare arrangements for their intended stay in Australia if they are under 18 years of age.
With limited exceptions, applicants must be enrolled in a course of study that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Review more information and eligibility requirements on the Student (subclass 500) visa
Scenarios and visas that may be suitable, include the below examples. These are for illustration purposes only - they are not ‘eligibility criteria’. Note that each application is assessed on the circumstances and evidence presented in that application.
Visitor (subclass 600) visa, Business Visitor stream
· Business people attending meetings or seminars, including members of an official government delegation
· Amateur sportsperson competing in a short organised tournament
· Reviewing a business contract (including property investment)
· Adult chaperones for an organised study tour for minors
Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa
· Religious leader invited to perform ceremonies by an Australian-based organisation
· Speaker, presenter or exhibitor invited and paid to participate in an event
· Performer or entertainer
· Review the Home Affairs website as this subclass has a variety of streams
Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa
· Internal auditor
· Specialised equipment installer
Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa
· ICT specialist engaged on a one-year contract
Training (subclass 407) visa
· Pharmacist undertaking 12 months of practical experience to obtain registration
Student (subclass 500) visa
· An overseas student enrolled in a school, college, or university course.
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