Training and Research visa (subclass 402)

Features

This visa allows you to:

  • take part in structured workplace-based training to enhance your skills in your current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise (Occupational Trainee stream)
  • participate in a professional development training program in Australia after being invited to do so Professional Development stream
  • observe or participate in an Australian research project after being invited to do so (Research stream).

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are one of the following:

  • an occupational trainee (Occupational Trainee stream)
  • a professional, manager or government official (Professional Development stream)
  • a professional academic (Research stream)

You must meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.​

About this visa

The Training and Research visa (subclass 402) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training, observe or participate in research as a visiting academic, or participate in a professional development program.

This is not a work visa.

This visa has three streams:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.
  • Professional Development stream: for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training program in Australia. The program must have been arranged by an employer outside Australia and usually lasts up to 18 months.
  • Research stream: for professional academics invited to visit Australia to observe or participate in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution.

To apply in the Occupational Trainee or Research stream: you and anyone included in your application can be in or outside Australia when you apply:

Applying in Australia: If you are inside Australia you must lodge your application in Australia.

Applying outside Australia: If you are outside Australia you must lodge your application outside Australia.

You may be in or outside Australia at time of grant regardless of where the visa has been lodged.

To apply in the Professional Development stream: you must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted. Your sponsor can lodge the application on your behalf.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia at any time after your visa is granted, if you are outside Australia at the time of visa grant
  • stay in Australia for the duration of the training, research position or program
  • do the training or activity specified in your visa application
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first.

Before you apply

You must have a valid passport from an eligible country to apply for this visa. This is a sponsored visa. Before you can apply for the visa, your sponsoring organisation must have applied for or been approved as a sponsor:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: your sponsor nominates you for this visa, unless your sponsor is a Commonwealth agency (in which case no nomination is required).
  • Professional Development stream: your approved sponsor organises a professional development program with an employer from outside Australia, who invites you to participate.
  • Research stream: your sponsor invites you to observe or participate in an Australian research project.

The following visas are now closed to new applications:

If you already hold one of these visas, it will still be valid until the date you were given when it was granted.

Sports trainees who previously used the Sport visa (subclass 421) should now apply for the Training and Research visa under the Occupational Trainee stream.

Your passport

You must have a valid passport from an eligible country to apply for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to the processing office.

Definitions

Australian government agency

An Australian government agency is an agency of the Australian Government or of an Australian state or territory government.

Occupational training to be provided by the Commonwealth

Occupational training to be provided by the Commonwealth includes occupational training to be provided by:

  • a body corporate incorporated for a public purpose under an Act or regulations made under an Act
  • an authority or a body (other than a body corporate) established for a public purpose under an Act or regulations made under an Act.

Foreign government agency

A foreign government agency is one of the following:

  • an organisation conducted under the official auspices of a foreign national government and operating in Australia, including provincial, territory or state governments of that country, foreign tourist and media bureaus, trade offices and other foreign government entities
  • a foreign diplomatic or consular mission with a presence in Australia
  • a recognised international multilateral organisation in which at least three national governments participate, such as the United Nations or the World Bank.

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.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are sponsored by one of the following:
    • a training and research sponsor who has lodged their sponsorship application or had it approved
    • an approved professional development sponsor
    • an approved visiting academic sponsor or occupational trainee sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012)
  • meet the requirements of the visa for the stream in which you are applying
  • have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia
  • have adequate financial support for yourself and accompanying family members while in Australia
  • have adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia
  • meet health and character requirements.
  • are at least 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances).

Financial support

You may be asked to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself and your accompanying family members while in Australia.

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 have adequate health insurance 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.

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

If you are not entitled to Medicare benefits, you can ask for an exemption from Australia’s Medicare levy in your end-of-year tax return.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to 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. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

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 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.

Occupational Trainee stream

To be granted this visa in the Occupational Trainee stream, you must intend to participate in occupational training for which:

  • you were identified in an approved nomination by an Australian organisation (other than a Commonwealth agency)
  • you were invited (if the training is being provided by a Commonwealth agency).

The training

The occupational training must be for at least 30 hours a week, of which at least 70 per cent is in the workplace, including:

  • training or practical experience in the workplace required for you to obtain registration for employment in your occupation in Australia or in your home country
  • a structured workplace-based training program to enhance your existing skills in an eligible occupation listed in theConsolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (76 kB PDF)
  • a structured workplace-based training program to enhance your skills and promote capacity building outside Australia.

You must have the English language skills you need for the training program and be able to meet occupational health and safety standards.

Occupational opportunities for Australian citizens or permanent residents must not be adversely affected if the visa is granted.

Payment

If this is not a volunteer position, you must be paid a salary or wages in accordance with Australian laws and practices. If there is no award covering the position, you must receive at least the minimum federal award rate.

If this is a volunteer position, you and your sponsor must complete the following forms. Your sponsor lodges them with the nomination:

  • Form 1283 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—visa applicant (48 KB PDF)
  • Form 1284 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—sponsor (48 KB PDF).

When a student can apply for this visa

If you hold a Student visa in Australia or the last substantive visa you held was a Student visa, you might be able to apply for this visa if you intend to do workplace-based training closely related to your principal course.

You must also be able to show one of the following:

  • you have completed the principal course at the diploma level or higher and you would complete the occupational training within 12 months, or
  • you have completed the principal course and you must complete a period of practical employment to obtain registration in a profession as a prerequisite for the practice of this occupation.

Professional Development stream

To be granted this visa in the Professional Development stream, you must apply under one of the following arrangements (you will need a letter of offer):

  • you are employed by an eligible registered business
  • you are invited or employed by a foreign government agency, including provincial, territory or state governments of foreign countries
  • you are invited or employed by an international multilateral organisation.

You must:

  • be sponsored by an approved professional development sponsor who is already party to a professional development agreement
  • have managerial or other professional skills relevant to the professional development program (your current manager must write a letter on company letterhead detailing your current position and duties)
  • have the level of English language proficiency needed for the professional development program
  • have a genuine intention to complete the professional development program
  • be able to pay any costs you are liable to pay under the professional development agreement.

Your sponsor must write a letter to support your claims about your professional or managerial skills and your English language proficiency.

Research stream

To be granted this visa in the Research stream, you must have been invited to observe or participate in an Australian research project, usually for a period of up to 12 months:

  • at the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution
  • in collaboration with other academics employed by the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution.

You must:

  • be employed or have been employed as an academic at a tertiary or research institution and hold or have held a senior academic title
  • have the qualifications and experience required for the position
  • have a significant record of achievement in your field
  • not be paid for your participation, other than a contribution towards living and travel expenses.

Your invitation

If you are currently working, you will need a statement from your home institution confirming the invitation to visit an Australian tertiary or research institution and stating that you have leave from your usual academic appointment.

You will need a letter of invitation from the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution:

  • written by the person with overall administrative authority in the institution (such as the registrar, chief executive officer or equivalent central administrative authority)
  • showing an agreement to be your approved sponsor, and to sponsor any dependent family members who come with you
  • including the period of the invitation, the details of the position, the job title, a duty statement and any proposed payments.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

Including family in your application

You cannot bring your family if you apply for this visa under the Professional Development stream.

You can bring your family members to Australia if you apply for this visa under the Occupational Trainee or Research stream.

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.

If you already hold this visa, a Visiting Academic visa (subclass 419), or an Occupational Trainee visa (subclass 442), your family can apply separately to join you in Australia by lodging an application for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402). They must include a letter from your sponsor in their application. The letter confirms that your sponsor has agreed to sponsor your family members.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

To apply in the Occupational Trainee or Research stream, you and anyone included in your application can be in or outside Australia.

To apply in the Professional Development stream, you must be outside Australia. Your sponsor can lodge the application on your behalf.

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 in person, by courier or by post

You can apply for this visa using the following form:

  • Form 1402 Application for a Training and Research visa (304 kB PDF).

You should apply for your visa as early as two to three months before you plan to travel.

Applying in Australia:

Lodge your completed application form with all the required documents and pay the visa application charge at:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: the Hobart office in Tasmania- attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Professional Development stream: the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Research stream: the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

If you are in Australia, you can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The Hobart office in Tasmania will also accept lodgement by email for applications in the Research stream only.

To apply in the Professional Development stream, you must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided. Your sponsor can lodge the application on your behalf in Australia.

Applying outside Australia:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: lodge your completed application form with all the required documents and pay the visa application charge at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Professional Development stream: lodge your completed application form with all the required documents and pay the visa application charge at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Research stream: for information about where and how to lodge your application and supporting documents and pay the visa application charge, contact one of the immigration offices outside Australia.

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.

In Australia:
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be able to get 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 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:

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 circumstances

You must 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:

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.

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

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 should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Complete this checklist and attach it, with your documents, to the front of your application when you lodge it.

Forms

  • Form 1402 Application for a Training and Research visa (406 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

Your sponsor

  • Sponsor approval letter or receipt for lodgement of the sponsorship application.
  • A written statement from the sponsor that they will meet the sponsorship obligations for you and all dependent family members included in your application.

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.
  • If you are currently or were previously an AusAID or Foreign Affairs supported student: a copy of the letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Personal documents for all applicants

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).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (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 each photograph.
  • Certified copies of birth certificates for you and any other person included in the application. The certificates must show the names of both parents of your dependent children.
  • A national identity card if you have one.
  • 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 your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
  • 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:
Military service
  • 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
  • Evidence of adequate health insurance for you and your family members 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
    • thehealth insurance standard template letter completed by your insurance provider (106 kB RTF).

Attachment A of the health insurance standard template letter is a guide to the level of health insurance you need.

Occupational Trainee stream

  • If you are sponsored by a Commonwealth agency: a copy of the invitation to participate in the training.
  • If you are not sponsored by a Commonwealth agency: a copy of the nomination approval letter or receipt for lodgement of the sponsorship application.
  • A copy of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV).
  • If registrations or licences are required for you to do the training: copies of registrations or licences.
  • If you hold or have held a Student visa: evidence of successful completion of the principal course.

Professional Development stream

  • A letter of offer from your sponsor inviting you to participate in the professional development program.
  • A statement from your sponsor confirming that they are satisfied:
    • that you are doing the professional development training specified in the application
    • with your level of English language proficiency for the purposes of the program
    • that you have relevant managerial or other professional skills and work experience to participate in the program.
  • A signed letter on company letterhead from your current manager detailing your current position and duties.
  • A copy of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV)
  • If not directly employed by the Government body listed in the 1402A form, the overseas Government body must provide a letter of invitation confirming that they support your participation in the program.

Research stream

  • Letter of invitation from the office of the registrar (or equivalent administrative office) of the institution or research organisation, indicating:
    • your proposed period of stay
    • the skills and qualifications required for the position
    • a duty statement listing responsibilities, including the job title and position
    • the weekly hours of activity
    • the proposed allowance, if any, from the inviting institution.
  • Evidence of your academic employment: either:
    • a statement from your home institution acknowledging the invitation, or
    • evidence that you were previously employed as an academic at a tertiary or research institution.
  • Evidence that you have a significant record of achievement in your field, including:
    • your current curriculum vitae (CV)
    • a list of published work.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Training and Research visa (subclass 402). 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

This visa is valid for the period of the position, usually up to a maximum of:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: two years
  • Professional Development stream: 18 months
  • Research stream: 12 months.

Renewing your visa

Occupational Trainee and Research streams:

If you want to stay longer when you are in Australia, you must lodge a new application for this visa, including all relevant documents. You will also have to pay the visa application charge.

If your visa was granted in the Occupational Trainee stream, you might have to provide an explanation of why you were unable to complete the training within the initial training period.

Professional Development stream:

You cannot apply or reapply for this visa while you are in Australia.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia at any time after your visa is granted, if you are outside Australia at the time of visa grant
  • stay in Australia for the nominated duration of the training, research position or program
  • do the training or activity specified in your visa application
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first.

If you hold this visa under the Occupational Trainee or Research streams, you may also bring your family with you. Your family:

  • might not be able to be in Australia without you:
    • they might need to enter Australia with you or after you
    • they might need to leave Australia with you or before you
  • must intend to remain members of your family unit.

Family members in the Occupational Trainee stream can only work for up to 40 hours a fortnight.

Family members in the Research stream might have unrestricted work rights.

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 for the duration of your stay in Australia
  • continue to meet the requirements of the visa stream in which you were granted the visa
  • leave Australia before your visa ends.

Occupational Trainee stream

You must:

  • participate fully in the occupational training (you cannot stop participating)
  • not do any work other than the approved occupational training program specified in your visa application
  • not become unemployed, leave your workplace-based training to work for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job
  • not do any other activities that could affect your participation in the occupational training
  • tell your sponsor if your personal circumstances change, such as if you cannot continue the training
  • tell your sponsor if you have any concerns about the training program.

If you decide to train with another organisation while in Australia, you will need to be sponsored by that organisation, which must lodge a nomination. When the new nomination is approved you will be able to do workplace-based occupational training for that organisation for the period left on your visa without having to apply for a new visa.

If your sponsor ceases your employment training you must notify the department and find another employer who is willing to sponsor you.

Your family members cannot work for more than 40 hours a fortnight.

Research stream

You must:

  • continue in the position for which your visa was granted
  • not do any work other than the research for the position in relation to which your visa was granted
  • engage only in activities that are consistent with the activities specified in your visa application
  • do research for the employer who sponsored you for the visa
  • not become unemployed, leave your job to work for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job
  • not receive a salary.

If your sponsor ceases your employment or training, you must notify the department and find another employer who is willing to sponsor you.

Professional Development stream

You must:

  • participate fully in the professional development program (you cannot stop participating or change the programs)
  • not pay any of the participant costs for which your sponsor is liable under the professional development agreement.

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:

Sponsors

This information is for a person who wants to sponsor someone for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

If your application for sponsorship is approved, you will be:

  • a Training and Research sponsor (for the Occupational Trainee and Research streams)
  • a Professional Development sponsor (for the Professional Development stream).

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO for Organisations) to check the visa status and entitlements of people you have sponsored.

Sponsorship applications lodged before 24 November 2012

From 24 November 2012, the Occupational Trainee sponsor class and the Visiting Academic sponsor class have been closed to new sponsor applicants. The Training and Research sponsor class has been established in place of the closed sponsor classes. The Professional Development sponsor class is unchanged.

If your sponsorship application was lodged before that date and has been approved, you are one of the following:

  • an approved Occupational Trainee sponsor and can sponsor current Occupational Trainee visa (subclass 442) holders or Training and Research visa applicants in the Occupational Trainee stream of this visa
  • an approved Visiting Academic sponsor and can sponsor current Visiting Academic visa (subclass 419) holders or Training and Research visa applicants in the Research stream of this visa
  • an approved Professional Development sponsor and can sponsor current Professional Development visa (subclass 470) holders or Training and Research visa applicants in the Professional Development stream of this visa.

You can use your existing sponsorship approval to sponsor new Training and Research visa applicants until the sponsorship expires. Your obligations as an approved sponsor continue to apply. When that sponsorship approval ceases, you will need to lodge a new sponsorship application as a Training and Research sponsor or a Professional Development sponsor if you want to sponsor anyone else. You should apply for approval at least two to three months before your existing sponsorship expires.

Who can sponsor visa applicants?

Training and Research sponsor

As a Training and Research sponsor, you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian organisation lawfully operating in Australia, or
  • a foreign government agency, or
  • a government agency that is either:
    • intending to engage in occupational training, or
    • a tertiary or research institution
  • be lawfully operating in Australia (Australian and foreign government agencies do not have to prove this)
  • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
  • have the capacity to comply with your sponsorship obligations
  • 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 the information.

Lawfully operating in Australia

Your organisation must be lawfully established and operating in business activities in Australia. An organisation can include a body corporate or unincorporated body (other than an individual or a sole trader). A new organisation might be considered if there is clear evidence of intention to establish the business.

Australian government and foreign government agencies are not required to prove they are lawfully operating in Australia.

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 might affect your suitability as a sponsor
  • if you have previously sponsored overseas applicants 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.

Professional Development sponsor

As a Professional Development sponsor, you must:

  • be an organisation that is one of the following:
    • an Australian organisation that has operated in Australia continuously for one year immediately before applying to be a sponsor
    • an Australian organisation approved by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
    • an Australian government agency
  • be lawfully operating in Australia (Australian government agencies do not have to prove this)
  • have a good business record and abide by Australian laws
  • develop a professional development program that meets the specific criteria required for the Training and Research visa and the needs of participants from outside Australia, and have it approved by us
  • have an acceptable professional development agreement with an eligible overseas employer to conduct the professional development program
  • have the capacity to conduct the professional development program
  • have the capacity to meet your financial commitments and have paid the security bond (if requested)
  • have the capacity to comply with your sponsorship obligations
  • 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 the information.

The employer from outside Australia must:

  • have the capacity to meet their financial commitments
  • have a satisfactory record of compliance with Australia’s immigration laws.

Professional development agreement

You must establish an eligible professional development agreement with an eligible overseas employer. A professional development agreement is a binding agreement between the Australian sponsoring organisation and the overseas employer that employs or has invited the overseas participants. The agreement must fully support the proposed professional development program and include details of the program. You will not be able to have your sponsorship approved without an acceptable professional development agreement.

Lodge the professional development agreement using:

  • Form 1402A Professional Development Agreement (406 KB PDF).

The agreement must:

  • be established before you seek approval as a sponsor and in force at the time the sponsorship application is considered
  • specify the participating parties, which must include the Australian sponsoring organisation and the overseas employers of the people intending to participate in the program
  • specify which parties to the agreement are responsible for paying the participant’s costs, including the costs of their:
    • travel and entry to Australia
    • tuition for the professional development program
    • accommodation
    • living expenses in Australia
    • health insurance in Australia
    • return travel from Australia
  • not require the participant to pay the costs of the tuition for the program (they might be required to pay other costs)
  • state which, if any, costs are to be met by overseas participants and include a declaration from the overseas employer that only participants who are able to meet those costs will be selected for the program
  • detail the duration of the agreement and the program (the sponsorship can only stay valid for the period of agreement)
  • describe the professional development program and any other matter to be provided by the sponsor
  • detail the roles and responsibilities of each party to the agreement
  • describe the conflict resolution arrangement, including arrangements for the mediation of disputes
  • detail any arrangements for subcontracting the delivery of any part of the program
  • outline the arrangements for insurance relating to the sponsor and the recovery of costs if the sponsor, or any other provider of the program, ceases operations
  • describe the characteristics of the people to be selected for the program and how they will be selected
  • be signed and dated by an authorised representative of each party to the agreement.

Professional development program requirements

Professional development programs offered by Australian sponsoring organisations:

  • must be designed to develop the skills of the managers, professionals and/or government officials who will participate in the program
  • must provide skills and expertise relevant to the business and business background of the overseas employer
  • must be primarily (at least 55 per cent) face-to-face teaching in a classroom or similar environment
  • must detail, in a training plan or training agreement, the training modules, proposed timelines for training and a breakdown of training hours
  • usually must not last longer than 18 months
  • can include participation in a course that would lead to the award of a recognised Australian qualification.

Practical components of a professional development program for overseas participants must:

  • not adversely affect the Australian labour market
  • not exceed seven hours in any day and 35 hours in any week
  • only involve remuneration to the overseas participant that is paid by the overseas employer.

Australian sponsoring organisation

The Australian sponsoring organisation must seek approval as a Professional Development sponsor for a specific professional development program. Sponsorship approval will be valid for the period of the associated professional development agreement, up to a maximum of three years after the approval was granted.

If you want to sponsor participants from outside Australia to participate in different professional development programs, a new sponsorship will be needed for each program. Major adjustments to the structure of approved programs will also require a new sponsorship application.

There is no limit on the number of valid sponsorship approvals an organisation can hold concurrently or the number of overseas participants who can be sponsored under each sponsorship approval.

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). A new organisation might be considered if there is clear evidence of intention to establish the business.

Australian government and foreign government agencies are not required to prove this.

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
  • if you have previously sponsored overseas applicants 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.

Undertakings

You must enter into enforceable undertakings relating to your applicant and your own conduct. As a sponsor, you will also accept responsibility for any additional financial costs that might arise from the applicant’s stay in Australia. You must also agree to cooperate with the our monitoring regime.

Security bond

As a sponsor, you will normally be asked to lodge a security bond, unless the overseas party is a national from an Electronic Travel Authority country or your organisation is a Commonwealth department or agency. The bond is normally AUD15 000, but any amount can be requested. It should take the form of a bank guarantee.

The security bond covers all participants in a single professional development program and must be lodged, if requested, before the sponsorship application can be approved. It can be forfeited if there is any noncompliance with the conditions or obligations associated with the sponsorship approval, the professional development program or the visa. In such a case, you will be required to replace any forfeited security amounts within the specified time, for the duration of the professional development program.

Overseas employers

Acceptable overseas employers of participants must have a demonstrated history of business relevant to and consistent with the proposed professional development program.

The employer must be one of the following:

  • a registered business (not an individual or sole trader) outside Australia that has been actively, lawfully and continuously operating for at least one year and employs the participant
  • a foreign government agency
  • an international multilateral organisation that has been operating continuously for at least one year.

More than one overseas employer can participate in the same professional development program, provided that:

  • all the overseas employers to be involved in the program agree to the professional development agreement
  • all are listed on the sponsorship application form lodged by the Australian sponsoring organisation
  • exactly the same program is to be delivered to all the listed overseas employers.

Overseas employers that are registered businesses must employ the people they are inviting to participate in the program.

Government and international multilateral organisations are not required to employ participants, but must invite any whom they do not employ to participate in the program.

How long the sponsorship lasts

Sponsorships are valid for up to three years.

A Professional Development sponsorship ends after three years or when the professional development agreement approval ends, whichever is the earlier.

Renewing your sponsorship

You cannot renew your approval for sponsorship. You need to lodge a new application for sponsorship if:

  • your sponsorship period has expired, even if you want to sponsor people for an existing program that was approved under a previous sponsorship application
  • you are a Professional Development sponsor and you develop a new professional development program or substantially change an approved program.

Applying to be a sponsor

This information explains what you need to do to apply to sponsor someone for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

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 in person, by courier or by post

To apply for sponsorship approval, use the following form:

  • Form 1402S Application for approval as a training and research sponsor or a professional development sponsor (221 KB PDF).

Professional Development sponsor: As well as the sponsorship form, you must also lodge the professional development agreement using:

  • Form 1402A Professional Development Agreement (118 KB PDF).

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the sponsorship application charge when you apply. You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Lodge completed application forms with all the required documents and pay the application charge at:

  • Training and Research sponsor—Occupational Trainee stream: the Hobart Office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Training and Research sponsor—Research stream: the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre
  • Professional Development sponsor—Professional Development stream: the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

After you apply

In some cases, you might be asked to provide additional information to enable a decision to be made.

Sponsorship decision

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

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

You must keep this letter because it will be needed for the visa applications of the people you are sponsoring.

  • Professional Development stream: attach a copy of the letter to the participants’ visa applications when you lodge them
  • Occupational Trainee and Research streams: give a copy of the letter to everyone you will sponsor so they can attach it to their visa applications, or a copy of the receipt showing that your sponsorship application has been lodged (your sponsorship application does not have to be approved for people to lodge a visa application).

If your application is not approved, we will send you a letter or email stating:

  • why the application was refused
  • your rights (if any) to 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

You must keep records to show how you have complied with your obligation to tell the department when certain events occur. All records must be reproducible and some must be capable of verification by an independent person.

You must keep a record of:

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

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends two years after:
    • you cease to be an approved sponsor, and
    • you are no longer sponsoring anyone.

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

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. 

Research stream

If you are sponsoring someone under the Research stream, you must also notify the department:

  • when the person you have sponsored stops doing research for you
  • as soon as you know the date on which they will stop doing research for you
  • about any change in the final date on which they will stop doing research for you.

Professional Development stream

If you are sponsoring someone under the Professional Development stream, you must also notify the department if:

  • your capacity or a subcontractor's capacity to deliver the approved professional development program has changed
  • you cease to exist as a legal entity or your legal structure changes (for example, if a new director is appointed, a new partner joins a partnership, or a new member is appointed to the managing committee of the organisation)
  • you become insolvent, as defined in the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and the Corporations Act 2001
  • the person you have sponsored does not attend the professional development program and you did not authorise their absence
  • if you are a company, a partner of a partnership, or a member of a managing committee of an unincorporated association, any of the following occur:
    • an administrator is appointed for the sponsoring organisation
    • the organisation resolves by special resolution to be wound up voluntarily
    • a court has ordered that the organisation be wound up in insolvency
    • a court has appointed an official liquidator to be the provisional liquidator of the organisation
    • a court has approved a compromise or arrangement proposed by the organisation
    • the property of the organisation becomes subject to a receiver or other controller
    • procedures are initiated for the deregistration of the organisation.

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.

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 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 (Professional Development stream and volunteers under the Occupational Trainee stream only)

You must meet this obligation only if you sponsor someone:

  • under the Professional Development stream
  • as a volunteer without a salary or wages under the Occupational Trainee stream.

If you sponsor someone under these streams, 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 you 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 is approved, or
  • the day the visa is granted (if the person you have sponsored does not already hold this visa).

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 substantive visa of a different subclass to the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Ensure sponsored applicant participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity (Occupational Trainee stream only)

This obligation applies to you only if you have sponsored someone under the Occupational Trainee stream.

You must ensure that the person you have sponsored for this visa participates only in the position or activity for which you nominated them. If you want them to do workplace-based training in a different position, you must nominate them for that position and lodge a new nomination application.

This obligation starts on the day the person you have sponsored for the position is granted a visa. If they already hold a visa, your obligation starts on the day the nomination is approved.

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

  • on which another sponsor has their nomination for the same person approved
  • on which person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass from the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Pay travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia (Professional Development stream only)

This obligation applies to you only if you have sponsored someone under the Professional Development stream.

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the person you have sponsored to leave Australia. The person must ask in writing. The department can also 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 the place of departure from Australia
  • travel from Australia to the country (for which the person holds a passport) specified in the request
  • economy class air travel or, where unavailable, a reasonable equivalent.

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

This obligation starts:

  •  on the day the visa is granted (if the person does not already hold a visa in this subclass).

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

  • the person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass to the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa is no longer valid.

Nominate

This information is for an approved sponsor who wants to nominate someone for the Occupational Trainee stream of the Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

The nomination process identifies the:

  • details of the proposed workplace-based training
  • position to be filled
  • skills, qualifications and experience required for the position
  • person who has been nominated to take part in the activity.

Occupational training programs should be for a minimum period of 30 hours a week. At least 70 per cent of this training is required to be workplace-based.

Who can nominate an applicant

You can nominate someone for the Occupational Trainee stream of this visa if you are one of the following:

  • an approved Training and Research sponsor
  • you have already lodged an application to become an approved Training and Research sponsor
  • you are an approved Occupational Trainee sponsor.

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

Nomination applications lodged before 24 November 2012

If you nominated someone before 24 November 2012 and that person did not apply for their visa by that date, the following apply:

  • If you nominated them under the Occupational Trainee visa, you must nominate them again by lodging a new nomination under the Occupational Trainee stream of the Training and Research visa.
  • If you nominated them under the Visiting Academic visa (subclass 419), your nomination cannot be used because the Research stream of the Training and Research visa does not require nomination. They can apply for a visa under that stream.

Commonwealth agencies

Commonwealth agencies do not need to lodge a nomination form. Instead, the agency must provide a letter:

  • stating that it agrees to be the sponsor of the applicant who is to do the occupational training and, if applicable, their family members
  • detailing the type, location and duration of the training.

A copy of this letter must be included with the sponsored applicant's visa application.

Agencies of Australian state or territory governments must use the nomination form.

Remuneration

Unless they are undertaking a volunteer position, occupational trainees must be paid in accordance with Australia’s industrial relation laws if they are employees of an organisation. A copy of the training contract or agreement, detailing their remuneration, must be included with the nomination.

You must provide evidence of the employment arrangement showing one of the following:

  • a direct employment relationship
  • that you intend to supply the services of the nominated person to another organisation under a contract or as part of a service
  • another employment arrangement.

If the nominee will not be paid, the sponsoring organisation and the nominee must complete the following forms, which the sponsor must submit with the nomination:

  • Form 1283 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—visa applicant (48 KB PDF)
  • Form 1284 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—sponsor (88 KB PDF).

Nomination types

Nomination requirements differ depending on the workplace-based training that the visa applicant will be doing in Australia.

Three types of occupational training are covered by this visa:

  • workplace-based occupational training required for registration
  • structured workplace-based training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation
  • structured workplace-based training for capacity building outside Australia.

Occupational training required for registration

Occupational training eligible under this nomination type is workplace-based training or practical experience that:

  • is needed for the nominee to obtain registration, membership or licensing in their identified occupation to do workplace-based training in Australia or their home country
  • involves mandatory registration, membership or licensing requirements for the nominee to be employed in their identified occupation
  • is of a duration necessary for the nominee to meet the registration, membership or licensing requirements in their identified occupation, taking into account their prior experience
  • is workplace-based.

The nominee must have appropriate qualifications, experience and English language skills to do the occupational training.

Support from a regulatory body

The organisation or body that is responsible for the registration of professionals for the identified occupation must support the nomination by providing a letter that:

  • names the nominee
  • advises that the training is necessary for that person to obtain mandatory registration to work in the identified occupation.

The regulatory body can be in Australia or in the nominee's home country.

If necessary, we might contact the regulatory body to confirm the registration requirement and whether the proposed duration of training is required.

Health practitioners

Health practitioners who are treating patients as part of their occupational training are required to have conditional or provisional registration from the relevant national, state or territory regulatory body. Nominations for health practitioners must include a letter from the relevant registration authority advising that the nominee has conditional or provisional registration for the training. Because this can take some time, there might be delays in processing the nominee’s visa application if they have not already applied for such a letter.

Structured training program

The training program must be structured to meet the specific training needs of the nominee in order to enhance their skills. A structured program should include:

  • an outline of the objectives of the training program and the type of work activities involved
  • details of the curriculum and the specific training tasks to be done throughout the program
  • the location of the training activities, including details of the various components, which can be at different locations
  • details of the training duration and timeframes for the various training tasks
  • a skills audit (including of English language skills) that assesses the person’s existing skills and identifies their training needs
  • details of all supervisors, trainers and/or assessors, including their qualifications and/or experience
  • the planned learning outcomes and how they will be monitored and assessed.

Structured training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation

Occupational training eligible under this nomination type is training that:

  • involves a structured workplace-based training program
  • is specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominee
  • is of a duration that meets the specific training needs of the nominee
  • is related to an occupation listed in theConsolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (76 KB PDF)
  • involves a nominee who has recent and suitable prior experience (this can include employment experience or study experience) that:
    • is the equivalent of at least 12 months full-time experience in the occupation
    • has occurred in the 24 months immediately before the nomination is lodged.

The nominee must have appropriate English language skills to do the occupational training.

Workplace-based training for capacity building outside Australia

Occupational training eligible under this nomination type is training that:

  • is a structured training program specifically tailored to the nominated trainee
  • is not available in the nominee’s home country
  • is workplace-based
  • will give the nominee additional or enhanced skills in their identified occupation
  • is one of the following:
    • supported by an Australian government agency or by a foreign government agency (where the foreign government is the government of the nominee’s home country)
    • practical experience, research or observation is required to complete a qualification from a foreign educational institution (training for this purpose must be for six months or less)
    • involves a nominee who is a current or recent student of a foreign educational institution and is doing research in Australia that is closely related to their current or recent enrolled course (the person must have graduated within the previous 12 months)
  • involves a nominee who intends to return to their home country after successfully completing the training.

The nominee must have appropriate English language skills to do the training.

Government support

Australian government agencies that provide support can do so at the Commonwealth, state or territory level. Foreign government agencies that provide support can only do so at an equivalent level of government. For example, a foreign national, state, territory or provincial agency can provide support, but an agency at the local council level of government cannot.

Required for qualifications outside Australia

A student from outside Australia might be eligible if the occupational training is practical experience, research or observation necessary for them to obtain a qualification outside Australia. This type of training can be approved only for a period of no more than six months.

Research related to studies outside Australia

A person doing short-term research in Australia might be eligible for nomination if they are currently enrolled as a student outside Australia or if they are a recent student from outside Australia who graduated in the 12 months before the nomination. The training must be research that is closely related to their current or recent course and must give them enhanced skills.

How to nominate a visa applicant

This information explains what you need to do to nominate someone for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402) in the Occupational Trainee stream.

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 all the required documents ready when you lodge your application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application in person, by courier or by post

To nominate someone for this visa, use the following form:

  • Form 1402N Nomination for an occupational trainee position (219 KB PDF).

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the nomination charge when you apply.

Lodge your completed application form with the required documents and pay the visa application charge at the Hobart Office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

How long the nomination lasts

Your nomination lasts for up to 12 months.

After you apply

In some cases, you might be asked to provide additional information to enable a decision to be made.

Nomination decision

If your nomination is approved, we will send you a letter with:

  • your nomination identification number
  • the date your nomination ceases.

You must keep this letter because it will be needed for the visa applications of the people you are nominating.

If your nomination is not approved, we will send you a letter stating:

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

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 you to. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Complete the checklist and attach it, with your documents, to the front of your application when you lodge it.

Forms

  • Form 1402N Nomination for occupational trainee position (220 KB PDF)
  • If the nominee will not be paid to attend the training:
    • Form 1283 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—visa applicant (48 KB PDF)
    • Form 1284 Acknowledgement of unpaid placement—sponsor (88 KB PDF).

Receiving assistance

Complete these forms only if you are lodging a paper application.

  • If someone gives you advice or lodges your application for you:
    • Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (the agent or exempt person completes the form and you must sign it)
  • If you would like someone to receive correspondence from us on your behalf:
    • Form 956A Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (the recipient completes the form and you must sign it).

Charges

Pay the nomination charge.

Nomination charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Sponsorship approval status

  • Evidence that the sponsorship application has been lodged or approved, such as the sponsor approval letter or a receipt for lodgement of the sponsorship application.

General training arrangements

  • A copy of the training contract or agreement.
  • Details of all periods and places of training, including on-the-job training, classroom-based training and supervised work activities.

Occupational training required for registration

  • A letter from the regulatory body for the identified occupation in Australia or the home country:
    • stating that the nominated training is necessary for the nominee to obtain mandatory registration to work in the occupation
    • naming the person being nominated to do the training.
  • For health practitioners who are treating patients as part of their occupational training: a letter from the relevant registration authority or regulatory body, stating that the nominee has conditional registration for the training.
  • A copy of the nominee's relevant qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV).

Structured training to enhance skills in an eligible occupation

  • A copy of the nominee's relevant qualifications and CV.
  • A copy of the structured workplace-based training program.

Workplace-based training for capacity building overseas

  • A copy of the nominee's relevant qualifications and CV.
  • A copy of the structured workplace-based training program.
  • One of the following:
    • a letter of support from a government agency in Australia or in the nominee’s home country, stating that the training promotes international capacity building.
    • a letter from the nominee’s education provider in their home country, stating that the practical experience, research or observation is a requirement for the nominee’s course
    • details of the research to be conducted in Australia and how it relates to the nominee’s studies or qualifications.

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.

Last reviewed Monday 28 July 2014

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