The Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456) closed to new applications from 23 March 2013. The work entitlements on this visa have been replaced by the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400).
Business people intending to travel to Australia for a short business visit (for example, going to a conference, negotiation or meeting) but not intending to work in Australia, can apply for the Business Visitor stream of the Visitor visa (subclass 600).
This information is for people who have already been granted a Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456). 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
We told you how long your visa lasts when you were sent the Notification of Grant letter. You cannot apply to extend your visa.
What this visa lets you do
This visa allows you to visit Australia for short-term business purposes, including business-related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences or networking.
The visa allows you to enter Australia for:
- a maximum of three months, if you have been granted a visa for a single visit
- a maximum of three months per visit, if you have been granted a visa for more than one visit.
Work is usually not allowed. However, you might be able to do some work — for example, if the work is highly specialised and non-ongoing (usually less than six weeks for the life of the visa).
If your visa was granted with a ‘No further stay’ condition, you cannot apply for any other visa (except for a Protection visa) while you are in Australia.
You and your family must:
- comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws
- not do formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification.
Work in Australia
You must not:
- work in Australia except under very limited circumstances
- do work in Australia that can be done by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent citizen
- perform activities other than those stated in your visa application.
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.