Australia's New Working Visa

Australia will soon have four new work visas in place of  the existing Temporary Work Visas and Training and Research visas. The Australian Federal Government intends to have the new framework for temporary work visas in place in November after the approval of the new legislation by the Governor General.

Subclass 400 Temporary Work Visa (Short Stay Specialist):

This visa will allow workers:

  • To undertake short-term, specialized work with a fixed duration

  • To participate in activities related to Australia’s interests

This visa would be for people who:

  • come to Australia on a temporary basis

  • undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work

Subclass 403 Temporary Work Visa (International Relations):

This visa will allow workers:

  • to enter Australia in relation to a bilateral agreement

  • to represent a foreign government, as a person with statutory privilege and immunities

  • to participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme, among other activities.

This visa would be for people who:

  • want to come to Australia on a temporary basis

  • teach a foreign language in an Australian school

  • undertake full-time domestic work for a diplomat

Subclass 407 Training Visa:

This visa will allow workers:

  • to undertake occupational training

  • to participate in classroom-based professional development activities.

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa:

This visa will allow temporary workers:

  • to enter Australia to participate in a non-ongoing cultural or social activity at the invitation of an Australian organization

  • to observe or participate as an academic in research project

  • to work in a skilled position under a staff

  • to exchange arrangement and participate in an Australian-government-endorsed event, among other activities.

This visa would be for people who:

  • work in the entertainment industry

  • undertake full-time religious work

  • participate in a special programme to enhance international relations and cultural exchange

  • participate in high-level sports (including training)

  • work as a superyacht crew member

  • undertake full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives

The new visas will come into effect on 19th November, new applications of previous working visa including Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa, Subclass 402 Training and Research visa, Subclass 416 Special Program visa, Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa and Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa will not be accepted by the Department of Immigration. According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities would help reduce red tape for business, industry and individuals. For visa applicants, new framework is easier to apply for.




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