Activity Visas

Temporary Activity visa framework

On 19 November 2016, the Department of Home Affairs introduced a new Temporary Activity visa framework. A major part of the change was the consolidation of six existing sponsor types into a single Temporary Activity Sponsor type. Not all of the visa types below require a registered sponsor.

The new framework created four new visa subclasses:

  • Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) – for non-ongoing work for periods of up to 6 months
  • Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) – for government programs
  • Subclass 407 Training – for workplace-based training
  • Subclass 408 Temporary Activity – for sport, religious work, and domestic workers

Each of the new visa subclasses is intended to provide for temporary entrants to complete a discrete set of activities on a short-term basis while in Australia.

Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist)

The Subclass 400 allows individuals to enter Australia to undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work. In some cases, the visa may be used to participate in activities deemed to be in Australia’s national interests.

Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations)

The Subclass 403 allows individuals to enter Australia on behalf of a foreign government in relation to bilateral agreements, to represent a foreign government or teach a foreign language at an Australian school, to complete domestic work for a diplomat, for persons acting on behalf of foreign governments, or to participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Subclass 407 Training

The Subclass 407 allows holders to undertake occupational training or classroom based professional development. There are three types of occupational training covered by the program:

  • workplace-based training required for registration
  • structured workplace-based training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
  • training that promotes capacity building overseas.

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity

The Subclass 408 visa covers the broadest range of activities and includes:

  • work in the entertainment industry
  • participation in cultural or social events at the invitation of an Australian organisation
  • participation in academic research
  • undertaking full-time religious work
  • participating in special programs to enhance international relations and cultural exchange
  • participating in staff exchange programs
  • high level sporting activities (including training)
  • participating in government events
  • working as a superyacht crew member
  • undertaking domestic work for foreign executives.

Hammond Taylor advises on sponsorship and all visas under the Activity Visa Framework. To better understand the visa framework, sponsorship obligations, and how these visas may suit your business needs contact us today.