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There are a number of visas available for people wishing to work in Australia:

  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) visa
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Subclass 408) visa

Short Stay Activity Visa

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) visa is for persons seeking short-term entry to Australia to undertake non-ongoing highly specialised work or there are compelling circumstances affecting Australia’s interest.

This visa has two streams:

  • Highly Specialised Work stream – for persons undertaking highly specialised work in Australia in a non-ongoing role (see below). This stream does not allow for short-term employment in an ongoing position, nor for performance of generic skilled duties that can be delivered by available Australian skilled workers with similar experience and qualifications.
  • Australia’s Interest stream – to enable persons who do not satisfy the requirements of either the Highly Specialised Work or Invited Participant stream and there are ‘compelling circumstances’ affecting Australia’s interest.

“Non-ongoing” in relation to a person’s proposed participation in an event, or a person’s proposed engagement in an activity or work, means participation or engagement in the following:

  • event, activity or work is likely to be completed within continuous period of 3 months or less;
  • person has not been given an expectation of staying in Australia for a purpose relating to the event, activity or work, after the end of that period and has not made arrangements to stay in Australia, for a purpose relating to the event, activity or work, after the end of that period.

If you would like more information in relation to the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) visa visa, please contact Lisa Vorbach today on 0416 084 889 or at lisa@travellingsouth.com.au.

International Relations Visa

The Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa is a temporary visa to work in specific circumstances that improve Australia’s international relations and includes the following stream:

  • Government Agreement Stream – allows a person to work in Australia under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between the Australian Government and a government of another country.
  • Foreign Government Agency Stream – lets you come to Australia for specific activities. You could work in Australia employed by a foreign government as a foreign language teacher or as a representative of a foreign government agency.
  • Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Stream – lets a person aged 18 years or older do temporary full-time domestic work in Australia in the household of someone who holds a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995).
  • Privileges and Immunities Stream – lets you come to Australia if you have, or expect to have, privileges and immunities under relevant legislation. You can stay in Australia on this visa while you are working as an international representative.
  • Seasonal Worker Program Stream – lets you come to Australia temporarily to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program.
  • Pacific Labour Scheme Stream – lets you come to Australia to participate in the Pacific Labour Scheme program.

If you would like more information in relation to the Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa, please contact Lisa Vorbach today on 0416 084 889 or at lisa@travellingsouth.com.au.

Short Stay Specialist Visa

The Temporary Activity (Short Stay Specialist) (Subclass 408) visa is a temporary visa which allows you to come to Australia to do specific types of work on a short-term, temporary basis and includes the following stream:

  • Australian Government Endorsed Events Stream – lets you come to Australia to participate in events which are endorsed by the Australian Government.
  • Special Program Stream – lets you stay in Australia to take part in an approved special program. Special programs can include youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or “gap year school volunteering “.
  • Religious Work Stream – lets you do full-time religious work for a religious institution in Australia. You and your family who apply for the visa with you can stay here for up to 2 years.
  • Research Activities Stream – lets you observe or take part in a research project at a research or tertiary institution in Australia. You and your family who apply for the visa with you can stay here for up to 2 years.
  • Invited for other social and cultural activity (Invited Participant) Stream – lets you come to Australia if you are invited to participate in a community-based event, including sporting events. You and your family who travel on the visa with you can stay here for up to 3 months.
  • Sporting Activities Stream – allows you to play, coach, instruct or adjudicate for an Australian team, or do high level sports training with a sporting organisation. You and your family can stay in Australia for up to 2 years.
  • Entertainment Activities Stream – lets you come to Australia to work in the entertainment industry on film, television or live productions as a performer, production or support staff. You can include family members in your visa application.
  • Superyacht Crew Stream – lets you work in Australia as a crew member of a superyacht. You can stay here for up to 12 months.
  • Exchange Arrangements Stream – lets you come to Australia as part of a staff exchange with an Australian organisation. You and your family members who travel here on the visa with you can stay for up to 2 years.
  • Domestic Worker Stream – lets you come to Australia to do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives. You and members of your family unit can stay here for up to 2 years.

If you would like more information in relation to the Temporary Activity (Short Stay Specialist) (Subclass 408) visa, please contact Lisa Vorbach today on 0416 084 889 or at lisa@travellingsouth.com.au.