Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420)

Features

This visa allows you to work in the Australian entertainment industry as:

  • a performer
  • support or production staff.

Requirements

You could get this visa if you:

  • will work in the entertainment industry in Australia
  • are nominated by an Entertainment sponsor.

About this visa

A Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420) allows you to work in Australia in the entertainment industry. You can work in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the-scenes role, such as directing, producing and other production roles.

This visa involves a three stage process:

  • Sponsorship - an Australian organisation, government agency, foreign government agency or eligible individual applies to become an Entertainment sponsor
  • Nomination - the Entertainment sponsor nominates you to undertake a position
  • Visa - you apply for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420).

This is a temporary visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the 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.

This visa is also for family members of people who already hold a Media and Film Staff visa (subclass 423).

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to work in the entertainment industry:

  • as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording
  • to support an entertainer or group of entertainers in relation to a performing contract
  • to work in a production role other than as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording, to be performed or shown in Australia (for example, directing or producing)
  • to make a documentary or a commercial.

You can:

  • 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

You must be sponsored and nominated by an approved Entertainment sponsor. Before you can apply for this visa:

  • an Australian organisation, government agency, foreign government agency or eligible individual must become an approved Entertainment sponsor
  • an approved Entertainment sponsor must nominate you for a particular .

Nomination requirements are different depending on your intended role:

  • Performer in film or television production — subsidised by government
  • Performer in film or television production — not subsidised by government
  • Performer not in film or television
  • Production roles other than as a performer
  • Support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers
  • Non-profit engagements (including support staff)
  • Documentaries and commercials made for use outside Australia.

Further information can be found on the 'Nominate' tab.

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 are onshore and 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 sponsorship, nomination and visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Visa application charge

You might not need to pay the visa application charge if you are outside Australia if you can show one of the following:

  • you will be performing or supporting a performer in one or more engagements that are for non-profit purposes
  • your sponsor is funded wholly or in part by the Australian Government and has the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

You might qualify for a bulk discount if you are outside Australia when you apply, if you are a member of an entertainment body that comprises at least 10 other applicants, and all 11 applications are lodged together.

Nomination charge

The nominator might not need to pay the nomination fee if they can show either:

  • that the nominated position relates to one or more engagements that are for non-profit purposes
  • that the organisation identified in the nomination is funded wholly or in part by the Australian Government and has the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The nominator might qualify for a bulk discount if they nominate 21 or more people in relation to the same entertainment body at the same time.

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 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • work in the entertainment industry
  • are nominated by an approved entertainment sponsor (or by someone who has applied to be an entertainment sponsor)
  • have the experience or skills needed for the nominated position
  • have enough financial support for yourself and your family while you are in Australia
  • have health insurance for yourself and your family members who come with you
  • meet health and character requirements.

For this visa you must be sponsored and nominated for a specific position by an entertainment sponsor who is either:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia
  • a government agency
  • a foreign government agency
  • an eligible individual.

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 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.

Your insurance must cover you and any members of your family who come with you to Australia.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Your family members must apply separately if you do not include them in your application for this visa. They must include a letter from your sponsor with the application. This letter confirms that the sponsor has agreed to sponsor your family members.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420).

You and anyone included in your application can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided:

  • If you are outside Australia when you apply you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
  • If you are in Australia when you apply you must be in 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 must complete the following form to apply for this visa:

  • Form 1420 Application for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (285 kB PDF).

Attach all the documents you need to provide and lodge your application at the Entertainment Visa Centre at the Parramatta office in New South Wales. Your visa application should be lodged together with the nomination application at one of the following addresses:

Mailing your application

GPO Box 9984
Sydney NSW 2001

Lodging by courier

26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

Lodging in person

9 Wentworth Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

OR

26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

Facsimile

+61 2 8861 4301

You must pay the visa application charge when you lodge your application. You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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 the 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 your 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.

The letter or email will also tell you when your visa ends.

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

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

  • Form 1420 Application for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (320 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

You might not need to pay the visa application charge if you are outside Australia when you apply and you can show one of the following:

  • you will be performing or supporting a performer in one or more engagements that are for non-profit purposes
  • your sponsor is funded wholly or in part by the Australian Government and has the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

You might qualify for a bulk discount if you are outside Australia when you apply, you are a member of an entertainment body that includes at least 10 other applicants, and all 11 applications are lodged together.

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.
Your relationships
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Your children

  • 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.
  • 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 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 (you can only do this if you are in Australia when you lodge your application)
  • 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.

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.

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 the dependent family members included in your application.

Nomination application status

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

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420). It explains your rights and obligations.

  • 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.

How long your visa lasts

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

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to work in the entertainment industry:

  • as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording
  • to support an entertainer or group of entertainers in relation to a performing contract
  • to work in a production role other than as a performer in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording, to be performed or shown in Australia (for example, directing or producing)
  • to make a documentary or a commercial.

You can:

  • 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.

You must:

  • maintain adequate health insurance while you are in Australia
  • 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 an activity consistent with the nominated position in your visa application
  • ask permission from the Entertainment Visa Centre (NSW) to make any changes to your itinerary, including new events, changes in times or new venues

If the sponsor ceases your employment or activity, you must either:

  • find another employer who is willing to sponsor you for this visa (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 apply for another visa unless you have a 'no further stay' condition.

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.

There could be other conditions on your entry and stay in Australia that will be explained to you when you are granted the visa.

Report changes in circumstances

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

Sponsors

This information is for a person who wants to sponsor someone for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420) to work temporarily in the entertainment industry in Australia.

Who can be a sponsor

To sponsor someone for this visa you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully established and operating in Australia, such as a business, a body corporate or an unincorporated body (other than an individual or a sole trader)
  • an agency of the Australian Government or an Australian state or territory government
  • a foreign government agency operating in Australia
  • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia.

If you are an Australian organisation, you must be able to show that you have a good business record in Australia. This means:

  • unless it is reasonable to disregard the information, 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 workers to Australia, you must have a satisfactory record of complying with your sponsorship obligations and with all Australian laws
  • the activities of your organisation or agency must not be illegal in Australia.

You must also be able to comply with your sponsorship obligations.

Foreign government agencies include:

  • organisations 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
  • foreign diplomatic or consular missions operating in Australia
  • organisations conducted under the official auspices of an international organisation, recognised and operating in Australia, such as the United Nations.

For further information please see Adverse information for sponsors

How long the sponsorship lasts

A sponsorship lasts for up to three years.

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

How to apply to become a sponsor

This information explains what you need to do to apply to sponsor someone for this visa.

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 an Entertainment sponsor with the following form:

  • Form 1420S Application for approval as an entertainment sponsor (238 kB PDF).

Attach all the documents you need to provide and lodge your application at the Entertainment Visa Centre at the Parramatta office in New South Wales. Your sponsorship application should be lodged at one of the following addresses:

Mailing your application

GPO Box 9984
Sydney NSW 2001

Lodging by courier

26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

Lodging in person

9 Wentworth Street
Parramatta NSW 2150

OR

26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

Facsimile

+61 2 8861 4301

You must 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.

More information

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

Report changes in your circumstances

You must contact the Entertainment Visa Centre to report any changes in circumstances that could affect the processing of your application.

When you write to us, you must include:

  • the name of your organisation
  • your ABN or other identifier
  • your sponsorship application ID number.

This information helps us locate your application quickly.

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 application 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 following sponsorship obligations.

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

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 ends

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 that show you have your complied with your sponsorship obligations. All 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.

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 are no longer sponsoring anyone.

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:

  • the primary sponsored person fails to participate in the nominated activity;
  • the cessation of a primary sponsored person's participation in a film or television production;
  • the primary sponsored person, apart from performers in a film or television production, ceases prior to the cessation date approved at nomination;
  • the sponsor ceases to hold a licence that was required for the nomination to be approved;
  • a change to the information in the sponsor's application for approval as a sponsor, relating to the person's  address and contact details; and
  • if the sponsor is an Australian organisation, the legal entity ceases to exist.

This obligation starts to apply on the day your 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 organisation 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.

This obligation 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

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 when you nominate them or nomination was not required for that visa type).

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 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.

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:

  • 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
  • exchanging information with other Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies, including the Department of Employment, the Fair Work Ombudsman, and the Australian Taxation Office.

Your compliance with the sponsorship obligations might be investigated by Immigration inspectors who have investigative powers under the Migration Act 1958, including Fair Work Inspectors, and Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors. 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.
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    Document checklist

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

    Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

    Forms

    • Form 1420S Application for approval as an entertainment sponsor (177 kB PDF).

    Charges

    • Pay the sponsorship application charge.

    Documents for individuals applying to be a sponsor

    • Evidence that you are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who normally lives in Australia:
      • birth certificate, passport, citizenship certificate
      • documents to show you usually live in Australia (such as evidence of employment or utility bills).

    Documents about your organisation

    Lawfully operating in Australia

    • Certificate of registration for tax purposes showing your Australian Business Number (ABN).
    • If you operate under a trading name: Business Name Extract
    • If you are a company: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) current and 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.
    • 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
      • lease agreement relating to 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 for any person who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

    Ability to comply with obligations

    • Documents to demonstrate that you can comply with your sponsorship obligations:
      • bank statements (provide at least six months 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 (for example, 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.

    Nominate

    This information is for someone who wants to nominate a person for a Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420).

    You can nominate someone to work in the entertainment industry if you have either:

    • been approved as an entertainment sponsor
    • lodged an application to become an entertainment sponsor.

    The nomination should identify the:

    • nominated person and any accompanying family members
    • nominated role
    • work or activity to be done by the nominated person in Australia and the locations where it will be carried out
    • skills, experience and background of the nominated person and how they relate to the position or activity
    • proposed employer(s) of the nominated person in Australia, including their location and contact details.

    Nomination requirements differ, depending on the intended role in the entertainment industry:

    • Performer in film or television production — subsidised by government
    • Performer in film or television production — not subsidised by government
    • Performer not in film or television
    • Production roles other than as a performer
    • Support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers
    • Non-profit engagements (including support staff)
    • Documentaries and commercials made for use outside Australia.

    Performer in a film or television production – subsidised by government

    This nomination type is for performers to take part in a film or television production that is subsidised in whole or in part by a government in Australia, including lead actors and major support actors in television or film productions, celebrities making cameo appearances and reality show hosts.

    To nominate someone, you must:

    • engage the nominated person under a performing contract
    • engage them to perform in a leading, major supporting or cameo role or satisfy ethnic or other special requirements of the production
    • hold any necessary licences for the work to which the nomination relates
    • have consulted with relevant Australian unions
    • have a certificate issued by the Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General's Department confirming that the relevant Australian content criteria have been met.

    You will have to provide documents to prove that these requirements are met.

    Arts certificate (Australian content)

    Your application must be supported by a certificate issued by the Minister for the Arts confirming that the relevant Australian content criteria have been met.

    All enquiries should be directed to:

    Foreign Actors Certification Scheme
    Desk officer
    Tel: +61 2 6210 2846
    Fax: +61 2 6210 2904
    Email: foreignactors@pmc.gov.au

    Information is also available at the website of the Minister for the Arts.

    Consult with unions

    You must consult with relevant Australian unions about engaging the nominated person in Australia before you lodge the nomination.

    Musicians and conductors

    Consult the Musicians Union of Australia for nominations for performing musicians and conductors. The union also covers nominations where the application involves vocalists who are part of a band or other musical group and vocalists who are also instrumentalists of any kind.

    All other applications

    Consult the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in connection with all other applications.

    Performer in film or television – not subsidised by government

    This nomination type is for performers who are taking part in a film or television production that is not subsidised in whole or in part by a government in Australia, including lead actors and major support actors in television or film productions, celebrities making cameo appearances and reality show hosts.

    To nominate someone, you must:

    • engage the nominated person under a performing contract
    • engage the person to perform in a leading, major supporting or cameo role or satisfy ethnic or other special requirements of the production
    • hold any necessary licences for the work to which the nomination relates
    • have consulted with relevant Australian unions
    • have a certificate issued by the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General's Department in relation to Australian participation and foreign investment.

    You will have to provide documents to prove these requirements are met.

    Arts certificate (Australian participation and foreign investment)

    Your application must be supported by a certificate issued by the Ministry for the Arts confirming that:

    • Australian citizens or residents have been given a reasonable opportunity to participate in all levels of production
    • the foreign investment in the production, or the private investment guaranteed against the foreign returns by a distributor, is greater than the amount to be expended on entertainers sponsored for entry.

    The certificate can be provided after the applications are lodged, but a decision cannot be made until we receive it.

    All enquiries should be directed to:

    Foreign Actors Certification Scheme
    Desk officer
    Tel: +61 2 6210 2846
    Fax: +61 2 6210 2904
    Email: foreignactors@pmc.gov.au

    Information is also available at the website for the Ministry for the Arts.

    Consult with unions

    You must consult with relevant Australian unions about engaging the nominated person in Australia before you lodge the nomination.

    Musicians and conductors

    Consult the Musicians Union of Australia for nominations for performing musicians and conductors. The union also covers nominations where the application involves vocalists who are part of a band or other musical group and vocalists who are also instrumentalists of any kind.

    All other applications

    Consult the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance in connection with all other applications.

    Performer not in film or television

    This nomination type is for performers who are taking part in a production that is not related to a film or television production, such as international music acts, live theatre performances, stage comedians, classical music performers, singers and actors for viral videos (for example, for marketing or entertainment purposes).

    To nominate someone, you must show that:

    • the nominated position is for an entertainer to perform in a production not related to film or television
    • the nominated person has a performing contract
    • there is an itinerary specifying the dates and venues for all performances
    • the activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry by employing more Australian citizens and permanent residents than if the position were filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you hold any necessary licences for the work to which the nomination relates
    • you have consulted with relevant Australian unions.

    You will have to provide documents to prove that these requirements are met.

    Consult with unions

    You must consult with relevant Australian unions about engaging the nominated person in Australia before you lodge the nomination.

    Musicians and conductors

    Consult the Musicians Union of Australia for nominations for performing musicians and conductors. The union also covers nominations where the application involves vocalists who are part of a band or other musical group and vocalists who are also instrumentalists of any kind.

    All other applications

    Consult the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in connection with all other applications.

    Production roles other than as a performer

    This nomination type is for non-performing production and technical crew (such as directors, camera and lighting crew, sound crew, and on-screen presenters for a documentary or commercial that will be shown in Australia) under employment contract for a production.

    To nominate someone, you must show that:

    • the nominated position is for a person to direct, produce or take some other part (other than as a performer) in a theatre, film, television or radio production, or a concert or recording to be performed or shown in Australia
    • the nominated person has a contract of engagement
    • there is an itinerary specifying the dates and venues for all performances
    • the activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry by employing more Australian citizens and permanent residents than if the position were filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you hold any necessary licences for the work to which the nomination relates
    • you have consulted with relevant Australian unions.

    Consult with unions

    You must consult with relevant Australian unions about engaging the nominated person in Australia before you lodge the nomination.

    Musicians and conductors

    Consult the Musicians Union of Australia for nominations for performing musicians and conductors. The union also covers nominations where the application involves vocalists who are part of a band or other musical group and vocalists who are also instrumentalists of any kind.

    All other applications

    Consult the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in connection with all other applications.

    Support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers

    This nomination type is for people under employment contract to a performer, including support personnel such as backing musicians/vocalists and non-performing support personnel such as acting/voice coaches, hairdressers, dressers and make-up-artists.

    To nominate someone, you must show that:

    • the nominated position is to support or assist an entertainer or group of entertainers (whether by assisting a performance or by providing personal services) in relation to a performing contract for one or more specific engagements
    • there is an itinerary specifying the dates and venues for all performances
    • the activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry by employing more Australian citizens and permanent residents than if the position were filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you hold any necessary licences for the work to which the nomination relates
    • you have consulted with relevant Australian unions.

    Consult with unions

    You must consult with relevant Australian unions about engaging the nominated person in Australia before you lodge the nomination.

    Musicians and conductors

    Consult the Musicians Union of Australia for nominations for performing musicians and conductors. The union also covers nominations where the application involves vocalists who are part of a band or other musical group and vocalists who are also instrumentalists of any kind.

    All other applications

    Consult the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance in connection with all other applications.

    Non-profit engagements

    This nomination type is for entertainers, or people supporting an entertainer (or group of entertainers), in non-profit engagements.

    To nominate someone, you must show that the position is for either:

    • an entertainer to perform in one or more engagements for non-profit purposes
    • a person to support or assist an entertainer or group of entertainers (whether by assisting a performance or by personal services) in relation to one or more specific engagements that are for non-profit purposes.

    You must show that:

    • the engagement(s) is for non-profit purposes
    • there is an itinerary that lists the dates and venues for all performances.

    Non-profit engagements

    For an engagement to be considered ‘non-profit’, you may need to prove that the engagement does not serve commercial interests and address issues of likely profit, whether the profit is provided to non-commercial organisations or charities, a patron, etc.

    Non-profit organisations

    Non-profit organisations are often associated with engagements for non-commercial purposes.

    Organisations should show that their non-profit status has been accepted by the Australian Taxation Office or a state or territory government agency such as the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

    The organisation must meet Australian taxation obligations.

    Documentaries and commercials made for use outside Australia

    This nomination type is for television or film crew (including actors, presenters, production and support staff and still photographers) who are involved in the production of a documentary program or commercial that is for an overseas market and is not intended to be shown in Australia.

    If you are planning to stay for less than three months to make a documentary or commercial that will not be shown in Australia, the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) might be appropriate.

    If the documentary or commercial will be shown in Australia, you can apply for this visa under one of the following nomination types:

    • Production roles other than a performer
    • Performer in a film or television production – subsidised by government
    • Performer in a film or television production – not subsidised by government.

    What is a documentary?

    A documentary program is a factual presentation of a real event, era or person’s life in a television, film, online video or radio program. This includes many light entertainment and reality television programs, provided they factually portray real events or people. The fictional portrayal of characters in a drama series, for example, would not be considered a documentary.

    To nominate someone, you must show that:

    • the nominated position is part of a television or film crew (including actors, presenters, production and support staff and still photographers) to make a documentary or commercial for an overseas audience
    • the nominated person has suitable experience and qualifications to perform the duties
    • there is no suitable person in Australia who is capable of doing, and available to do, the work
    • the proposed work will not be contrary to the interests of Australia
    • it is not intended that the documentary or commercial will be shown in Australia.

    Lodge your nomination

    Nominate someone to work in the entertainment industry using the following form:

    • Form 1420N Nomination for an entertainment position (289 kB PDF file).

    Attach all the documents you need to provide and lodge your application at the Entertainment Visa Centre at the Parramatta office in New South Wales. Your nomination application should be lodged together with the visa application at one of the following addresses:

    Mailing your application

    GPO Box 9984
    Sydney NSW 2001

    Lodging by courier

    26 Lee Street
    Sydney NSW 2000

    Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

    Lodging in person

    9 Wentworth Street
    Parramatta NSW 2150

    OR

    26 Lee Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Note: Applications lodged at this address will be forwarded to the Parramatta office for processing.

    Facsimile

    +61 2 8861 4301

    The documents you must provide are listed in the Document checklist for nomination.

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

    Document checklist for nomination

    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.

    The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

    Forms

    • Form 1420N Nomination for an entertainment position (317 kB PDF).

    Charges

    • Pay the nomination application charge.

    You might not need to pay the nomination fee if you can show either:

    • that the nominated position relates to one or more engagements that are for non-profit purposes
    • that the organisation identified in the nomination is funded wholly or in part by the Australian Government and has the approval of the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    You might qualify for a bulk discount if you nominate 21 or more people in relation to the same entertainment body at the same time.

    Non-profit engagements

    • Show why the engagement does not serve commercial interests (detail likely profit, whether the profit is provided to non-commercial organisations or charities or a patron, and entry fees).

    Organisation funded by the Australian Government

    • Letter from a government agency confirming that the sponsoring organisation is receiving funding.
    • Letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirming approval by the Secretary.

    Sponsorship application status

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

    Nominating performers

    All performers

    • A performing contract for the nominated person’s performances in Australia.
    • Any licences required for the nominated work.
    • Evidence that the relevant union has been consulted (for example, a copy of your email/letter to the relevant union)

    In addition - if not performing in film or television

    • An itinerary of the engagements specifying dates and venues of performances.
    • Evidence to show that the nominated activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry.

    In addition - if performing in film or television

    Nominating directors, producers or other non-performers

    • A contract for the engagement(s) in Australia.
    • An itinerary of the engagements specifying dates and venues of performances.
    • Any licences required for the nominated work.
    • Evidence that relevant unions have been consulted.
    • Evidence to show that the nominated activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry.

    Nominating support staff (for commercial purposes)

    • A contract between the support staff and the employer for their employment in Australia.
    • An itinerary of the engagements specifying dates and venues of performances.
    • Any licences required for the nominated work.
    • Evidence that relevant unions have been consulted (for example, a copy of your email or letter to the union).
    • Evidence to show that the nominated activity will bring a net employment benefit to the Australian entertainment industry.

    Non-profit engagements (including support staff)

    • Evidence that any engagements are for non-profit purposes.
    • An itinerary of the engagements specifying dates and venues of performances.
    • A letter of invitation from the Entertainment sponsor confirming that they will meet expenses that will be incurred by the applicant during their stay in Australia. This may include accommodation, food, travel costs, and incidentals.

    Documentary program or commercial for use outside Australia

    • Evidence to show that the person being nominated will make a documentary program or commercial for use outside Australia, not intended to be shown in Australia (distribution contracts etc.).
    • Evidence to show that there is no suitable person who is capable of doing, and available to do, the nominated role.
    • Evidence to show that the nominated activity will not be contrary to the interests of Australia.

    Details of the nominated position

    • List the following details about the position nominated (if not provided in the nomination application form):
      • 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 of experience required)
      • weekly hours of employment or activity
      • details of any allowances.

    Details of the nominated person and their family

    • Details of the person you are nominating for this visa (if not provided in the nomination application form):
      • name
      • date of birth
      • passport number
      • current address
      • contact details
      • skills and experience.
    • Details of all family members of the person you are nominating (if not provided in the nomination application form):
      • names
      • dates of birth
      • relationship to the primary applicant
      • passport numbers
      • current addresses
      • contact details.

    Estimate the cost of your visa

    Will the primary applicant be in Australia when the application is lodged?
    * Price will be displayed in Australian dollars unless changed.
    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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