The Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426) closed on 24 November 2012. You cannot apply for this visa.
You might be able to apply for the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403).
This information is for people who have already been granted a Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426). 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
The length of your Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426) will depend on your individual circumstances and those of your employer.
Your visa cannot last any longer than the length of the posting of your current employer.
What this visa lets you do
This visa allows you to:
- enter Australia temporarily
- work in the domestic duties in the household of someone who holds a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)
- enter and leave Australia while your visa is valid.
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
During your stay in Australia you must:
- maintain adequate health insurance
- continue to meet the requirements of the visa stream you were granted
- meet Australian taxation obligations if you work in Australia.
Visa holder obligations
- work only in the household of your employer
- only work doing domestic duties
- not work for another person or for yourself
- not stay in Australia if your employer leaves permanently unless the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has agreed to you staying in Australia
- seek the agreement of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade if you want to transfer your employment and enter into a new employment agreement in the household of another diplomatic visa holder.
Your sponsor’s obligations
Your sponsor is your employer. They must:
- provide at least the minimum standards for wages and working conditions under Australian law
- make sure you leave Australia when your visa ends or when your job finishes, and pay the cost of our travel back to your home country.
Report changes in circumstances
Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
- Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
- Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.