From 23 March 2013 this visa is no longer open to new applicants.
If you wish to visit Australia for short term business purposes, you will need to apply for the new ETA (subclass 601) or the eVisitor (subclass 651) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) under the Business Visitor stream.
ETA (subclass 601)
eVisitor (subclass 651)
Visitor Visa (subclass 600)
If you wish to travel to Australia for short term non-ongoing highly specialised work, you will need to apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400).
See: Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)
Business (Short Stay) Visa (Subclass 456)
About this visa
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 The work entitlements on this visa have been replaced by the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400).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).
For visa holders
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 status and entitlements.
How long your visa lasts
The department 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 generally not allowed. However, you may be able to do some work—for example, if the work is highly specialised and non-ongoing (generally 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 remain in Australia.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You must not do work in Australia that an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident could do.
You and your family are not able to do formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification.
You and your family must leave Australia before the visa expires.
Report changes in circumstances
You must tell the department if your circumstances change.
You can use the following forms: