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Temporary Work Visa Processing Times

The table below details the processing time targets for service standards for work visas.

We aim to process 75 per cent of applications within the timeframes detailed below. It should be noted that individual actual processing times will vary depending on a range of factors.
See: Processing Time Service Standards

Visa Application Lodged in Australia Lodged outside Australia
  Low Risk High Risk Low Risk High Risk
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)
(subclass 400)
n/a n/a 5 working days 1 month
Temporary Work (Skilled)
(subclass 457)
2 months 3 months 2 months 3 months
Other Temporary Work Visas
(subclass 401, 403, 405, 410, 416, 418, 420, 422)
2 months 3 months 2 months 3 months

Definition – low/high risk

The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.
See: ETA Eligible Passports

More information on working in Australia is available on the department's website.
See: Workers