Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401)

Features

This visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

  • work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement (the Exchange stream)
  • participate in high-level sports competitions (the Sport stream)
  • do full-time religious work (the Religious Worker stream)
  • do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives (the Domestic Worker (Executive) stream).

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are sponsored by an approved sponsor
  • are nominated to undertake an approved activity
  • have the skills and experience relevant to the nominated activity.

About this visa

The Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis under one of the four streams:

  • Exchange stream: to work in a skilled position under a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement to:
    • give participants an opportunity to experience another culture
    • enhance international relations
    • broaden participants’ experience and knowledge.
  • Sport stream: to improve the quality of sport in Australia through participation in high-level competition with Australian residents to:
    • participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual or as part of a team or its support staff
    • play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season under contract
    • judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.
  • Religious Worker stream: to be a full-time religious worker, serving the religious objectives of a religious institution in Australia.
  • Domestic Worker (Executive) stream: to work full time in the household of certain senior foreign executives.

This visa involves a three stage process:

  • Sponsorship - an organisation, government agency or foreign government agency applies to become a long-stay activity sponsor
  • Nomination - the long-stay activity sponsor nominates you to undertake an activity
  • Visa - you apply for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401).

This is a temporary visa. You can be in or outside Australian when you apply for this visa:

Applying in Australia: If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.

Applying outside Australia: If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years
  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination
  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia
  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid.

Before you apply

Before you can apply for this visa:

  • an organisation or agency must apply to become an approved sponsor (see the 'Sponsors' tab for more information about how an organisation can do this)
  • the sponsor must apply to nominate you for a particular position (see the 'Nominate' tab for an explanation of how to nominate a visa applicant).

Your passport

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.

No further stay condition

You cannot apply for this visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.

Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Definitions

The following definitions are used in these pages:

  • Australian organisation: a body corporate, a partnership or an unincorporated association (other than an individual or a sole trader) that is lawfully established in Australia
  • foreign government agency:
    • an organisation conducted under the official auspices of a foreign national government and operating in Australia, including overseas tourist and media bureaus, trade offices and other foreign government entities
    • a foreign diplomatic or consular mission with a presence in Australia
    • an organisation conducted under the official auspices of an international organisation that is recognised by Australia and that is operating in Australia (such as the United Nations).
  • government agency: an agency of the Australian Government or of an Australian state or territory government
  • religious institution: an organisation that is operating lawfully in Australia, provided that:
    • the organisation’s objectives and activities reflect its character as a body instituted for the promotion of some religious object
    • the beliefs and practices of the members of the organisation constitute a religion
  • sporting organisation: an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia, or an Australian government agency or a foreign government agency, that administers or promotes sport or sporting events.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • you are sponsored and nominated by an approved sponsor for this visa
  • you have adequate financial support for you and your family while you are in Australia
  • you have adequate arrangements for health insurance while you are in Australia
  • you meet health and character requirements
  • you meet the requirements of the stream in which you are applying for this visa
  • you genuinely intend to remain temporarily in Australia to do the work or activity specified in the nomination.

Financial support

While you are in Australia, you must be able to support yourself and your family members who come with you to Australia. You might be asked to provide evidence of funds, such as an employment contract, bank statements or a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position. Allowances, accommodation and other assistance from your employer can also be considered when looking at your ability to support yourself.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

You must make adequate arrangements in Australia for health insurance, for the period of your intended stay in Australia, unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country.

Attachment A in thehealth insurance standard template letter (138 kB RTF) is a guide to the level of health insurance we will accept as adequate.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to you and any dependent family members included in the application.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream:
Provide police certificates when you lodge your application for this visa.

Other streams:
If your proposed duration of stay in Australia will be for a period of 12 months or more, then police certificates should be provided when you lodge your application for this visa. For all other situations, do not arrange for police certificates until we tell you to.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all dependent family members in your application who are aged 18 years of age or older. 

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Exchange stream

You might be eligible for this visa in the Exchange stream if:

  • you are sponsored by an approved long stay activity sponsor (who has a staff exchange agreement in place with an overseas organisation) or an approved exchange sponsor
  • you have been nominated by an approved long stay activity sponsor who is a party to an exchange agreement or an approved exchange sponsor to fill a skilled position
  • you have the necessary skills and/or experience for the nominated skilled position
  • the exchange benefits both you and the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who will be working in the reciprocating organisation overseas
  • the staff exchange arrangement between your sponsor and the overseas organisation is still in place.

Sport stream

You might be eligible for this visa in the Sport stream if:

  • you are sponsored by a sporting organisation that has been approved as a long stay activity sponsor or a sport sponsor
  • you are nominated to:
    • participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual, as part of a team or as a team’s support staff (support staff includes people assisting a competitor, a team, or an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is known internationally and who has a record of participation in international events)
    • play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season (you must have a contract and an established reputation in your field of sport)
    • judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.

If the nominated activity requires a formal agreement to be in place between you and your sponsor, the agreement must still be in place.

You are not eligible for this visa if you are a Taiwanese national claiming to represent Taiwan, China or the Republic of China as a participant in a sporting event in Australia.

The requirements for the Sport stream depend on the sporting activity:

  • competitors
    • you must be registered in a sporting event
  • contracted players, coaches or instructors
    • there must be a contractual arrangement in place
    • you must have an established reputation in your field of sport
    • the Australian national sporting body must provide a letter of endorsement stating that you:
      1. have the ability to play, coach or instruct at the Australian national level
      2. will benefit the sport in Australia through your participation in that sport.
  • judges or adjudicators
    • you must have a written invitation identifying the events
  • support staff
    • there must be a contractual arrangement in place between you and a competitor or sporting team.

Religious Worker stream

You might be eligible for a visa in the Religious Worker stream if you:

  • are sponsored by a religious institution that is an approved long stay activity or a religious worker sponsor
  • are nominated to do full-time religious work that directly serves the religious objectives of the religious institution (religious work includes providing spiritual leadership, conducting worship, teaching or guidance on religion, ministering in pastoral care or proselytising, and other high-level specialist work in relation to these areas)
  • have the relevant qualifications and/or experience.

This stream is not intended for people who want to simply work for a religious institution. It must be for work that specifically requires a religious worker and not merely a religious adherent.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

You might be eligible for this visa in the Domestic Worker (Executive) stream if:

  • you are sponsored by an approved long stay activity sponsor who is either:
    • a foreign government agency that is the employer of the holder of a Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) visa in the Privileges and Immunities stream who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the agency
    • a foreign organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia and is the employer of the holder of a Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the organisation.
  • you are nominated to do full-time domestic work in the private household of the identified subclass 457 or 403 visa holder
  • you are over 18 years of age
  • you have experience working as a domestic worker
  • the long stay activity sponsor has been unable to find a suitable person in Australia for the nominated position (labour market testing is required unless there are compelling reasons for employing you)
  • you are employed in accordance with the standards for wages and working conditions under relevant Australian legislation and awards.

If you apply for this visa in Australia, the last visa you held cannot have been a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream or a Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426).

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

All family members who will come with you or who will join you later in Australia must be:

  • sponsored (your sponsor must agree, in writing, to sponsor your family members)
  • listed in the nomination
  • included in your visa application (even if they will join you later in Australia)
  • able to show they have the same levels of financial support and health insurance as you.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401). You and anyone included in your application can be in or outside Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted:

In Australia:
If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.

Outside Australia:
If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

You can apply for this visa using:

  • Form 1401 Application for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (278 kB PDF)

Applications in the Exchange, Sport and Religious Worker streams

Applying in Australia:
Lodge your application at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre (Tas).

Note: Applications lodged at other Immigration offices in Australia will be forwarded to Hobart which will delay processing.

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply. Your visa application should be lodged at one of the following addresses:

Mailing your application

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
GPO Box 794
Hobart Tas. 7001

Lodging by courier

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
14th Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Lodging in person

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Ground Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Applying outside Australia:
Lodge your application at one of the immigration offices outside Australia, which will tell you how you can pay. There is also information at Method of Payment Accepted at Australian Missions.

Applications in the Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

Lodge your application at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

Email enquiry form: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre Enquiry Form - ACT

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Outside Australia:
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.

In Australia:
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for a Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

  • Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF).

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in your circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist for visa applicants

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates, where required, should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Applying outside Australia: Visa application requirements differ from country to country. Your nearest immigration office outside Australia will tell you exactly how to submit your application and what documents to provide.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

  • Complete the application form:
    • Form 1401 Application for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (391 kB PDF)
  • For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner:
    • Form 47a Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF)

Receiving assistance

Charges

  • Pay the visa application charge (see: Visa Pricing Table at Fees and Charges)
  • A group discount applies where 11 or more applications from applicants of the one sporting body, who are outside Australia at the time of application, are lodged together (see Visa Pricing Table at Fees and Charges). The base application charge is divided by the number of applicants in the sporting body. Members of the family unit included in the application are not eligible for the group discount and pay the additional application charge.

Your personal documents

Your identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • One recent passport sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of the photograph.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

Your relationships

  • Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that you have been in the relationship for at least six months (for example, joint bank account statements or billing accounts in joint names).
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all your family members aged 18 or older:
    • a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • proof that they live in your household
    • proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.

Your children

  • Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children.
  • If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:

Character requirements

If you intend to stay in Australia for longer than 12 months:
  • police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is older than 16 years of age: 
    • an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age 
    • police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.
Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself
  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

 

  • Evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia, such as:
    • a certification letter from your health insurer or broker
    • evidence that you have enrolled with Medicare if your country has a reciprocal health arrangement with Australia
    • the health insurance standard template letter (139KB RTF file) completed by your insurance provider.

 

Financial support

  • Evidence of your financial capacity to support yourself and your family while you are in Australia, such as:
    • bank statements
    • a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position
    • employment contracts
    • documents showing allowances, accommodation and stipends from your sponsor while you are in Australia.

    You need only support the family members who come with you to Australia. You do not need to show you can support any family members who do not come with you.

Your sponsor

  • Evidence that the sponsorship application has been lodged or approved, such as:
    • sponsorship application ID number
    • sponsor approval letter.
  • A written statement from the sponsor that they will meet the sponsorship obligations for all your dependent family members you include in your application.

Nomination approval status

  • Evidence that the nomination application has been lodged or approved, such as:
    • nomination application ID number
    • nomination approval letter.

Skills and experience

  • curriculum vitae/resume and/or qualifications
  • registration or licence/s to allow you to undertake the nominated activity.

Foreign Affairs student or recipient

  • If you, or any other person included in this application are currently or have been an AusAID or Foreign Affairs supported student or recipient:
    • a copy of the letter of support from the Foreign Minister.

Exchange stream

  • The staff exchange agreement between your sponsor and the reciprocating foreign organisation.

Sport stream

  • If the position is a contracted position, the contract between your sponsor and you.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

Your visa is valid for the duration of the nominated position, or up to two years, whichever is the earlier.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for the period of the nominated position, with a maximum stay of two years
  • do the work or activity specified in your nomination
  • bring eligible family members with you to Australia
  • enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

During your stay in Australia, you must:

  • maintain adequate health insurance while you are in Australia
  • continue to meet the requirements of the visa stream in which you were granted the visa
  • leave Australia when your visa ends (unless you are granted another visa)
  • only engage in work or an activity for the employer identified in the nomination (you cannot become unemployed, leave your position to do work or an activity for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job)
  • only engage in work or activity consistent with the position nominated in your visa application.

If the sponsor ceases your employment, you must do one of the following:

  • find another employer who is willing to sponsor you (your new sponsor must lodge a new nomination to cover you for the time left on your visa; you do not have to apply for a new visa if your visa is still valid and is not about to end)
  • leave Australia within 28 days or sooner if your visa ends before 28 days have passed.

Family members

Your family cannot enter Australia before you. When your visa ends, your family must leave Australia with you.

Your family must:

  • intend to remain members of your family unit.
  • maintain adequate health insurance while they are in Australia.

Your family can work or study in Australia while their visa is valid.

We will tell you if there are any other conditions they must comply with when you are granted the visa.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

Sponsors

This information is for a person who wants to sponsor someone for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401).

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO for Organisations) to check the visa details and entitlements of a person that you have sponsored.

To sponsor a person to work or undertake an activity in Australia on this visa, you must:

  • apply to be an approved long stay activity sponsor
  • be an approved Exchange, Sport or Religious Worker sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012).

Sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012

From 24 November 2012, Exchange visa (subclass 411), the Sport visa (subclass 421) and Religious Worker visa (subclass 428) were no longer open to new applicants. If you are:

  • an approved Exchange sponsor
  • an approved Sport sponsor
  • an approved Religious sponsor.

you can still use that approval to nominate people for this visa. However, when that sponsorship approval ceases, you will need to lodge a new sponsorship application as a Long Stay Activity sponsor if you want to nominate anyone else.

Who can be a sponsor?

You can sponsor someone for this visa if you are:

  • Exchange stream: an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia, a government agency or a foreign government agency operating in Australia with an agreement in place with an overseas organisation for the exchange of staff
  • Sport stream: a sporting organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia
  • Religious Worker stream: a religious institution that is lawfully operating in Australia
  • Domestic Worker (Executive) stream:
    • a foreign government agency that is the employer of the holder of a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Privileges and Immunities stream who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the agency
    • a foreign organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia and is the employer of the holder of a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the organisation.

You must also show that you:

  • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
  • have the capacity to comply with the sponsorship obligations.

Lawfully operating in Australia

Your organisation must be lawfully established and actively engaged in business activities in Australia. An organisation can include a body corporate or unincorporated body (other than an individual or a sole trader).

Good business record and abide by Australian laws

To meet this requirement:

  • there must be nothing adverse known about you or a person associated with you that could affect your suitability as a sponsor, unless it is reasonable to disregard that information
  • if you have previously sponsored overseas workers to Australia, you must have a satisfactory record of complying with Australian laws
  • the activities of your organisation or agency must not be illegal in Australia.

Further information is provided in Adverse information for sponsors.

How long the sponsorship lasts

A sponsorship lasts for up to three years.

If you are approved as a long stay activity sponsor, you can apply to vary (extend) your sponsorship before it expires to allow you to continue to nominate people. If the sponsorship period expires, you will need to reapply and be approved as a sponsor to nominate further visa applicants.

How to apply to be a sponsor

This information explains what you need to do to apply to sponsor someone for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401).

Prepare your documents

The documents you must provide are listed in the document checklist.

Some documents can take you several weeks to obtain. You should have all the required documents ready to lodge with your application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

Apply to be a long stay activity sponsor using:

  • Form 1401S Application for approval as a long stay activity sponsor (243 kB PDF)

Provide all relevant documents and pay the sponsorship application fee when you apply.

Exchange, Sport and Religious Worker streams

Applications to sponsor people to participate in staff exchange arrangements, sporting activities or religious work need to be lodged at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre (Tas). Your sponsorship application should be lodged at one of the following addresses:

Mailing your application

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
GPO Box 794
Hobart Tas. 7001

Lodging by courier

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
14th Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Lodging in person

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Ground Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Note: Applications lodged at other Immigration offices will be forwarded to Hobart which will delay processing.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

Applications to sponsor a person to do domestic work need to be lodged at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

Sponsorship decision

If your application to be a sponsor is approved, we will send you a letter with:

  • the date your sponsorship ceases 
  • your sponsorship agreement number
  • the obligations you have as a sponsor.

If this sponsorship is not approved, we will send you a letter stating:

  • why your application was refused
  • your rights (if any) to a merits review of the decision and relevant time limits.

Sponsor obligations

You must be able to comply with the following sponsorship obligations:

  • cooperate with inspectors
  • tell us when certain events occur
  • keep records
  • provide records and information to the Minister
  • not recover from, transfer or charge certain costs to another person
  • pay costs  to locate and remove an unlawful non-citizen
  • ensure the visa holder participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity

Depending on the stream in which you are making a nomination, you may also be required to comply with the following sponsorship obligations:

  • secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation 
  • pay travel costs to enable sponsored people  to leave Australia 
  • make the same position available to Australian exchange participants.

You are responsible for meeting all your obligations, even if you have authorised someone else to act on your behalf, including a migration agent.

Cooperate with inspectors

You must cooperate with inspectors appointed under the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) who are investigating whether:

  • a sponsorship obligation is being, or has been, complied with
  • you have hired an illegal worker
  • there are other circumstances in which we could take administrative action.

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends five years after the day the approved sponsorship ceases

Cooperating with inspectors can include (but is not limited to):

  • providing access to premises 
  • producing and providing documents within the requested timeframe  
  • not preventing or attempting to prevent access to a person who has custody of, or access to, a record or documents 
  • providing officers with access to interview any person on their premises.

Keep records - For Exchange, Sport and Domestic Worker (Executive) streams only

You must keep records that show you have your complied with your sponsorship obligations. All of the records must be kept in a reproducible format and some must be capable of verification by an independent person.

You must keep a record of:

  • any notification that you were required to make to us
  • the date on which you notified us, and how and where you made the notification.

This obligation starts on the day the sponsorship is approved.

This obligation ends two years after both of the following:

  • you are no longer an approved sponsor, and
  • you are no longer sponsoring anyone.

You do not need to keep any records for more than five years.

Keep records - For Religious Worker stream only

You must keep records that show your compliance with your sponsorship obligations. All of the records must be kept in a reproducible format and some must be capable of verification by an independent person. Records that must be kept, in addition to records that must be kept under other Australian Government, and state or territory laws, include the following:

  • written requests for payment of outward travel costs for a sponsored visa holder or their family, including when the request was received 
  • how the outward travel costs were paid, how much was paid, for whom they were paid, and when they were paid.

Provide records and information to the Minister

You must provide records or information, if they are requested by a departmental officer that goes to determining whether:

  • a sponsorship obligation is being or has been complied with, and 
  • determining whether other circumstances, in which the Minister may take administrative action, exist or have existed, in the manner and timeframe requested by the department.

We may ask you in writing to provide records or information which relate to your sponsorship obligations, and any other matters that relate to your sponsorship of visa holders. You must provide the records or information requested if it is a record or information that:

  • you are required to keep under Commonwealth, state or territory law
  • you have an obligation to keep as a sponsor.

This obligation starts to apply on the day the sponsorship is approved.

This obligation ends two years after:

  • your sponsorship ceases, and
  • you no longer have a sponsored visa holder.

Tell us when certain events occur  

You must tell us in writing when certain events occur. Send the information by registered post or electronic mail to a specified address and within certain timeframes of the event occurring.

Events where a sponsor must provide information to us include:

  • a change to the information in the sponsor's application for approval as a sponsor, relating to the person's address and contact details;
  • the primary sponsored person fails to participate in the nominated occupation, program or activity
  • the primary sponsored person ceases to participate in the nominated occupation, program or activity
  • a change to the formal agreement between the primary sponsored person and the person
  • a change to the exchange agreement (for sponsors who are party to an exchange agreement)
  • the person has paid the return travel costs of a primary sponsored person or secondary sponsored person in accordance with the obligation mentioned in regulation 2.80.

This obligation starts to apply on the day the sponsorship is approved.

This obligation ends two years after:

  • your sponsorship ceases, and
  • you are no longer sponsoring anyone. 

Where to send a notice of an event or change

You must send details of these events to one of our offices in the state or territory in which the head office of your business is located.

Ensure that the visa holder participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity

You must ensure that the person you have sponsored  participates only in the  occupation, program or activity for which you nominated them. If you want to engage a visa holder for  a different occupation, program or activity, you must lodge a new nomination application. This obligation starts on the day the person you have sponsored is granted a visa. If they already hold a visa when you nominate them, your obligation starts on the day the nomination is approved.

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest):

  • the sponsored visa holder has a nomination approved for another approved sponsor
  • the sponsored visa holder is granted another  substantive visa of a different type from the one for which you sponsored them (unless that other visa is a bridging visa, criminal justice visa or enforcement visa) 
  • the sponsored visa holder  has left Australia and  the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Not recover, transfer or charge certain costs to another person

You must not take any action or seek to take any action that would result in the transfer or charging of costs (including migration agent costs) to another person, such as a sponsored visa holder or their sponsored family members. This includes costs that relate to:

  • the recruitment of the person you sponsored 
  • becoming or being a sponsor or former approved sponsor.

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends on the following two events: 
    • you cease to be an  approved sponsor
    • you  no longer have a sponsored visa holder.

Sponsors are also required to pay certain costs associated with becoming a sponsor and not pass these costs, in any form, onto another person. These include:

  • cost of sponsorship and nomination charges
  • migration agent costs associated with the lodgement of sponsorship and nomination applications
  • administrative costs and any sundry costs an employer incurs when they conduct recruitment exercises, including:
    • recruitment agent fees
    • migration agent fees
    • the cost of job advertising
    • screening of candidates, short listing, interviews and reference checks
    • salaries of recruitment or human resource staff
    • the cost of outsourcing background checks, police checks and psychological testing where they relate to an employer determining an applicant’s suitability for the position
    • training of new staff
    • responding to queries for prospective candidates, and advising unsuccessful applicants
    • travel costs for the sponsor to interview and/or meet the applicant either overseas or in Australia.   

Pay travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia - For Religious Worker stream only 

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the sponsored person you have sponsored and their sponsored family members to leave Australia. They must ask you in writing for you to pay the costs. We can also make a written request ask on their behalf.

The costs will be considered reasonable and necessary if they include all of the following:

  • travel from the sponsored  persons’ usual place of residence in Australia to their place of departure from Australia 
  • travel from Australia to the country (for which the sponsored visa holder holds a passport) and intends to travel to
  • economy class air travel or, where that is not available, a reasonable equivalent.

Travel costs must be paid within 30 days of receiving the request.

You will only be required to pay return travel costs once. If a sponsored person returns to Australia (whilst holding the visa for which you sponsored them) after you have paid their return travel costs, you will not be required to pay their return travel costs again.

This obligation starts on the day:

  • the visa is granted (if the sponsored person did not already hold a visa when your nomination of them was approved), or
  • your nomination is approved (if the person already held a visa in this subclass when your nomination is approved).

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest):

  • another sponsor has their nomination application for the sponsored person approved
  • the person you sponsored is granted another visa other than a subclass 457 visa, a bridging visa, a criminal justice visa, or an enforcement visa
  • the person you sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Pay travel costs to enable domestic workers to enter and leave Australia - For Domestic Worker (Executive) Stream only

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the sponsored person and their sponsored family members to travel to and to leave Australia. 

The costs will be considered reasonable and necessary if they include all of the following:

  • the sponsored person’s travel to Australia
  • travel to the sponsored person’s place of residence in Australia from the place of arrival in Australia
  • travel from the sponsored person’s place of residence in Australia to the place of departure from Australia 
  • travel from Australia to the country from which the sponsored person came to Australia 
  • are for economy class air travel or, where unavailable, a reasonable equivalent.

This obligation starts on the day:

  • the visa is granted (if the person does not already hold a 427 visa or 401 visa in the domestic worker (executive) stream, or
  • your nomination is approved.

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest):

  • another sponsor has their nomination application for the same person approved
  • the person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass to the one they last held
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect. 

Pay costs to locate and remove an unlawful non-citizen

In the event a primary sponsored person (or any of their sponsored family members) becomes an unlawful non-citizen, you may be required to pay the costs incurred by the Commonwealth in locating and/or removing the primary or secondary sponsored persons from Australia.

You may be liable to pay the Commonwealth the difference between the actual costs incurred by the Commonwealth (up to a maximum of AUD10 000) less any amount which may have already been paid under the obligation to pay travel costs to enable sponsored persons to leave Australia (see ‘Obligation to pay travel costs’ above).

This obligation starts on the day the person you sponsored becomes an unlawful non-citizen. It ends five years after they leave Australia.  This means that the department might, up to five years after the person you have sponsored has left Australia, give you a letter requiring payment of the costs that the Commonwealth paid to locate and remove the person you sponsored prior to their departure from Australia.

Secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation - For Sport and Religious Worker Streams only

If you sponsor someone to work for you as a volunteer without a salary or wages, you must secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation in Australia for them and any family they bring with them.

If the accommodation becomes unavailable, you must find alternative accommodation for them.

A ‘reasonable standard of accommodation’ means that the accommodation must:

  • meet all relevant state or territory and local government regulations regarding fire, health and safety
  • offer 24-hour access
  • provide meals or a self-catering kitchen
  • be clean and well-maintained
  • have a lounge area
  • have adequate laundry facilities or a laundry service
  • provide power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration
  • have an adequate ratio of guests to bathroom facilities
  • have uncrowded sleeping areas
  • provide appropriate gender segregated areas and bathroom facilities
  • allow adequate privacy and secure storage for personal items.

This obligation starts on the day:

  • your nomination of the sponsored person is approved, or
  • the day the visa is granted (if the person you have sponsored does not already hold this visa or a Religious Worker (Subclass 428) or Sport (Subclass 421) visa when you nominate them).

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is earliest):

  • another sponsor has their nomination application for the same person approved
  • the person you have sponsored is granted a further visa of a different type from the one for which you sponsored them (unless that other visa is a bridging visa, criminal justice visa or enforcement visa) 
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the visa (and any bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Make the same position available to Australian exchange participants – for Exchange stream only

Immediately on completion of the exchange, you are required to make available to the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who is a participant in the exchange, the same position or equivalent position in Australia that was held by the Australian participant at the time the exchange was entered into.

This obligation starts on the day your nomination of the sponsored person is approved.

This obligation ends 30 days after completion of the exchange.

Monitoring of sponsors and visa holders

You must comply with your obligations as a sponsor. We monitor your compliance with the sponsorship obligations and whether your visa holders are upholding their visa conditions.

We monitor you while you are a sponsor and for up to five years after you cease being a sponsor. We do this routinely and in response to information provided to us, and in three main ways:

  • exchanging information with other Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies, including the Department of Employment, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and the Australian Taxation Office.
  • writing to you to ask for information in accordance with the obligation to provide records and information
  • site visits, usually to the sponsored business premises, with or without notice

Your compliance with the sponsorship obligations might be investigated by Immigration inspectors who have investigative powers under the Migration Act 1958. Failure to cooperate with inspectors is a breach of the sponsorship obligations.

Sanctions for not meeting your sponsor obligations

If you do not meet your obligations, we could take one or more of the following actions:

Administrative

  • you could be barred from sponsoring more people for a specified time
  • you could be barred from applying for approval to be a sponsor, in relation to this visa or another one
  • all of your existing approvals as a sponsor could be cancelled.

Enforceable undertaking

You could be invited to enter into an enforceable undertaking.  Enforceable undertakings require you to promise, in writing, to undertake to complete certain actions to demonstrate that the failures have been rectified and won’t happen again.

Civil

  • we can issue an infringement notice of up to AUD10200 for a body corporate and AUD2040 for an individual for each failure.
  • we can apply to a court for a civil penalty order of up to AUD51 000 for a corporation and AUD10200 for an individual for each failure.

Other circumstances in which administrative action might be taken

In addition, you could also have sanctions imposed if:

  • you provide false or misleading information to us or the Migration Review Tribunal
  • you no longer satisfy the criteria for approval as a sponsor or for variation of a term of that approval
  • you have been found by a court or competent authority to have contravened a Commonwealth, state or territory law
  • the person you have sponsored breaks a law relating to the licensing, registration or membership needed to work in the nominated position.

Document checklist for sponsors

You need to provide documents to support your application to become a sponsor. We could ask you for more information, but we can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge the application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

You must provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

  • Form 1401S Application for approval as a long stay activity sponsor (242 kB PDF)

Charges

Documents about your business

Lawfully and actively operating in Australia

  • Certificate of registration for tax purposes showing your Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • If you operate under a trading name: business names extract.
  • If you are a company: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) historical company extract (registration with ASIC).
  • If you are an operation under a trust structure:
    • relevant pages of the trust deed (pages listing parties to the trust and the signature page)
    • an ASIC historical company extract (where the trustee is a company).
  • If you are an operation under a franchise: relevant pages of the franchise agreement (pages listing parties in the franchise agreement and the signature page).
  • If you are a not-for-profit organisation: a tax exemption certificate.

Start-up business

Provide these documents only if your business has been operating less than 12 months.

  • Evidence of active operation and ability to comply with sponsorship undertakings, such as:
    • detailed business plan
    • contract of sale relating to the purchase of the business
    • lease agreement relating to the business premises
    • contracts to provide services
    • evidence of employment of staff
    • Business Activity Statements for each complete quarter from commencement of operations to date of lodgement
    • business banking statements covering the period of operation.

Compliance with Australian laws

  • Information relating to your employment arrangements for the past 12 months of any person who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Ability to comply with obligations

  • Documents to demonstrate that you satisfy sponsorship requirements:
    • bank statements (provide at least six months’ worth of your most recent bank statements)
    • tax returns for the most recently concluded year
    • profit and loss statements and balance sheets for the most recently concluded financial year
    • a letter of support from a qualified accountant (CPA, CA, Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) registered), or reputable financial institution that clearly summarises the organisation’s ability to meet its financial responsibilities.

Adverse information

  • Any information relating to action that has been taken against the organisation or eligible individual by any Australian state or territory government agency in the preceding 12 months, even if it did not result in a criminal or civil penalty being imposed. This should include any breach notices or infringement notices issued to the business.

Further information is provided in Adverse information for sponsors.

Exchange stream

  • If you intend to sponsor people under the Exchange stream: evidence that your organisation has an exchange agreement in place with a reciprocating organisation overseas for the exchange of staff.

Sport stream

  • If you intend to sponsor people under the Sport stream: evidence that your organisation promotes sport or is affiliated with sport in Australia.

Religious Worker stream

  • If you intend to sponsor people under the Religious Worker stream:
    • a copy of the income tax exemption charity endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office
    • a statement providing the numbers of members of the congregation and details of the activities of the organisation
    • a copy of the memorandum and articles of association, constitution, rules or charter
    • letter from the local council stating the address where the organisation is located is an approved place of worship.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

Nominate

This information is for someone that wants to nominate a person for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401).

To nominate a visa applicant for a Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401), you must have applied for approval as, or have been approved as:

  • a long stay activity sponsor
  • an exchange sponsor, sport sponsor or religious worker sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012).

Your nomination application cannot be approved until your sponsorship is approved.

Nomination requirements differ, depending on the intended nomination type:

  • Staff exchange
  • Sporting activity
  • Religious Work
  • Domestic Work (Executive).

Staff exchange

This nomination type is for skilled workers to take part in a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement with an overseas organisation.

To nominate someone you must:

  • be an approved long stay activity sponsor (who has a staff exchange agreement in place with an overseas organisation) or an approved exchange sponsor
  • nominate the position and the person who you want to work in the nominated position.

The position you nominate must be a skilled position and the person you nominate must have the skills and experience to undertake the duties of the nominated position.

The exchange must benefit both the nominated person and the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who will be working in the reciprocating organisation overseas.

When the exchange is finished, you must allow your Australian worker to fill the same position or an equivalent position to the one they held when the exchange started. The Australian worker is the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who participated in the exchange.

Sporting activity

This nomination type is for sports persons to participate in sporting activities and/or to engage in competition with Australian residents.

To nominate someone you must:

  • be an approved long stay activity sponsor (who is a sporting organisation) or an approved sport sponsor
  • nominate the position and the person who you want to nominate to work in the nominated position.

The requirements depend on the sporting activity:

  • competitors (and support staff)
  • contracted players, coaches or instructors
  • judges and adjudicators.

Competitors

This category is for persons to participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual, as part of a team or as a team’s support staff (support staff includes people assisting a competitor, a team, or an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is known internationally and who has a record of participation in international events).

The nominated person must be registered in a sporting event

The visa holder or applicant must not be playing, coaching or instructing for an Australian sporting team or sporting organisation. If you want to nominate a person to play, coach or instruct for an Australian sporting team or sporting organisation, see Contracted player, coach or instructor below.

Support staff for a competitor

If you want to nominate a person who has been or will be employed under contract to assist a sports person or a team in one or more specific events, there must be a contractual agreement between that person and the competitor or team.

Support staff can include managers, coaches and instructors as well as personal attendants such as masseurs.

Contracted players, coaches or instructors

This category is for persons to play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season.

You must have:

  • a contractual arrangement in place with the nominated person
  • endorsement from the Australian national sporting body supporting the position and confirming that:
    • the nominated person has the ability to play, coach or instruct at the Australian national level
    • will benefit the sport in Australia through their participation in that sport.

Judges and adjudicators

This category is for persons to judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.

The nominated person must have appropriate experience and skills to perform the role.

You must have:

  • a written invitation identifying the events.

Religious Work

This nomination type is for religious workers to undertake full-time religious work that directly serves the religious objectives of a religious institution in Australia.

Religious work includes providing spiritual leadership, conducting worship, teaching or guidance on religion, ministering in pastoral care or proselytising, and other high-level specialist work in relation to these areas.

To nominate someone you must:

  • be an approved long stay activity sponsor (who is a religious institution) or an approved religious worker sponsor
  • nominate the position and the person who you want to nominate to work in the nominated position.

The nominated person must have the qualifications and/or experience to undertake the duties of the nominated position.

This nomination type is not intended for people who want to simply work for a religious institution. It must be for work that specifically requires a religious worker and not just a religious adherent.

Domestic Work (Executive)

This nomination type is for domestic workers to undertake full-time domestic work in the household of certain eligible senior foreign executives.

To nominate someone you must:

  • be an approved long stay activity sponsor who is either:
    • a foreign government agency that is the employer of the holder of a subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations)) visa in the Privileges and Immunities stream who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the agency
    • a foreign organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia and is the employer of the holder of a Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visa who is the national managing director, deputy national managing director or state manager of an Australian office of the organisation.
  • nominate the position and the person who you want to nominate to work in the nominated position
  • be unable to find a suitable person in Australia for the nominated position (labour market testing is required unless there are compelling reasons for employing the person)
  • employ the identified person in accordance with the standards for wages and working conditions under relevant Australian legislation and awards.

The person you nominate must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have experience working as a domestic worker.

The number of workers granted a visa for employment in the household of a person holding a subclass 403 or subclass 457 visa must not exceed three, including the person you are nominating.

How to nominate someone for this visa

The nomination identifies the:

  • nominated person and any accompanying family members
  • stream under which the nominated person will be applying
  • work or activity to be undertaken by the nominated person in Australia and the location(s) where this will be carried out
  • skills, experience and background of the nominated person and how they relate to the position or activity
  • proposed employers of the nominated person in Australia, including their location and contact details.

If you are not the proposed employer, you will need to indicate in your application the relationship between you (as the sponsor and nominator) and the proposed employer.

Lodge the nomination form

Complete the following form:

  • Form 1401N Nomination for a long stay activity position (279 kB PDF)

Exchange, Sport or Religious Worker streams

  • Lodge your application at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre (Tas).
  • Provide all relevant documents and pay the nomination application charge when you apply.

Your nomination application should be lodged at one of the following addresses:

Mailing your application

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
GPO Box 794
Hobart Tas. 7001

Lodging by courier

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
14th Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Lodging in person

Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Ground Floor, 188 Collins St
Hobart Tas. 7000

Note: Applications lodged at other Immigration offices will be forwarded to Hobart which will delay processing.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

  • Lodge your application at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.
  • Provide all relevant documents and pay the nomination application charge when you apply.

How long the nomination lasts

Each activity you nominate will have its approval cease on the earliest of:

  • the day on which we receive written notification of your withdrawal of the nomination
  • 12 months after the day on which the nomination is approved
  • 3 months after the day on which your approval as a sponsor ceases if the nomination approval is given to you
  • the day on which your approval as a sponsor is cancelled if the nomination approval is given to you
  • the day on which the visa was granted on the basis of the nomination.

Document checklist for nomination

You need to provide documents to support your application to nominate someone for this visa. We could ask you for more information, but we can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge the application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

You must provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your nomination is complete.

Forms

  • Form 1401N Nomination for a long stay activity position (226 kB PDF).

Charges

Sponsorship approval status

  • Evidence that the sponsorship application has been lodged or approved, such as:
    • sponsorship application ID number
    • sponsor approval letter.

Exchange stream

  • Letters of support from your organisation and the reciprocating overseas organisation. The letters must:
    • state the purpose of the exchange
    • state the name of the person being nominated, their duties and the period of the exchange
    • state the name of the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who will be working in the proposed skilled position, the duties to be performed and the period of the exchange outside Australia
    • state the reciprocating overseas organisation
    • confirm that the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident will have the same position as previously held, or an equivalent position available on completion of the exchange
    • describe how the exchange agreement will benefit both the nominated primary applicant and the Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.

Sport stream

Nominating a competitor or group

  • A letter of invitation.
  • Registration showing that the nominated person’s entry to the event has been accepted.
  • If you are nominating a group of sportspeople who have entered a sporting event: list all the sportspeople and any family members who come with them. The list must state each person’s:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • activity or position
    • country of citizenship and passport number
    • family relationships to other members of the group.

Nominating an assistant to competitors in sporting events

  • A copy of the contractual agreement between the assistant and the:
    • sportsperson or team entered to compete in one or more sporting events, or
    • Australian citizen or permanent resident sports person who is internationally known in the field of sport, has a record of participation in international events and is entered to compete in one or more events in Australia.

Nominating a contracted player, coach or instructor

  • The contract between the sponsor and the contracted player, coach or instructor, stating:
    • the period for which the contract is valid
    • the level of remuneration
    • the duties of the position
    • any work the contracted player, coach or instructor will do for a person or organisation other than the organisation for which they have proposed to play, coach or instruct
    • the estimated number of hours per week the contracted player, coach or instructor is expected to serve the sporting organisation
    • whether dependent family members are covered by the contractual arrangement.
  • An endorsement letter from the Australian national sporting body (or peak sporting body if no national body exists) in the relevant field of sport to confirm that the nominated person:
    • has the ability to play, coach or instruct at the Australian national level
    • will benefit the sport in Australia through their participation in that sport.

Nominating a judge or adjudicator

  • A copy of the written invitation or request to engage the judge or adjudicator, identifying the events, the name of the judge or adjudicator and their role in the events.
  • Evidence or confirmation that the judge or adjudicator has the appropriate experience and skills to perform that role.

Volunteer positions

For volunteer positions: a letter from the Australian national sporting body (or peak sporting body if no national body exists) for the sport stating that the position or activity would not attract a salary or wage if performed by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Religious Worker stream

  • Evidence that:
    • the position is full-time
    • the work or activity specifically requires a religious worker and not merely a religious adherent
    • the duties directly serve the religious institution’s religious objectives
    • the nominated primary applicant has the appropriate experience and/or qualifications for the nominated position.

Domestic Worker (Executive) stream

  • Your organisation’s structure chart, showing the location within your Australian operations of the position held by the Subclass 457 or Subclass 403 visa holder.
  • Evidence that you have been unable to find a suitable person in Australia, unless there are compelling reasons for employing the domestic worker. You must show that you have advertised the vacancy, for example:
    • a national listing with a job placement provider for at least of four weeks during the eight weeks before lodging a nomination, or have a waiver of this requirement from a job placement service provider
    • an advertisement in a Saturday and a weekday edition of both a metropolitan and a national daily newspaper (a total of four separate advertisements)
    • if the business is outside major metropolitan areas, an advertisement in both the Saturday edition and a weekday edition of both a major local or regional and a national daily newspaper (a total of four separate advertisements)
    • an advertisement through other appropriate means (for example, in trade or professional journals), private employment agencies or union consultations.

Advertisements in local community language newspapers can also be appropriate.

Advertisements must accurately reflect the duties of the position, the salary and other benefits offered. They must be prominently displayed to attract as big a response as possible. You will need to provide with your application copies of all advertisements you have lodged and evidence that they have appeared in the past six months.

  • If there are compelling reasons for employing the domestic worker: a statement detailing those reasons.
  • The employment agreement.

Details of the nominated position

  • Details of the nominated position:
    • job title and position
    • location of the position
    • duty statement and responsibilities
    • statement of essential skills and qualifications required for the position
    • employment experience required for the position (including number of years experience required)
    • weekly hours of employment or activity.
  • Details of remuneration package, if applicable.

Details of the nominated person and their family

  • The following details of the person you are nominating for this visa:
    • name
    • date of birth
    • passport number
    • current address
    • contact details
    • skills and experience.
  • The following details of all family members of the person you are nominating:
    • names
    • dates of birth
    • relationship to the primary applicant
    • passport numbers
    • current addresses
    • contact details.

Estimate the cost of your visa

The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

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