Temporary Work Visa


From 24 November 2012 the following visa subclasses were closed to new applicants:

  • Government Agreement (Subclass 406) visa
  • Exchange (Subclass 411) visa
  • Foreign Government Agency (Subclass 415) visa
  • Visiting Academic (Subclass 419) visa
  • Sport (Subclass 421) visa
  • Medical Practitioner (Subclass 422) visa
  • Media and Film Staff (Subclass 423) visa
  • Domestic Worker (Temporary) - Diplomatic or Consular (Subclass 426) visa
  • Domestic Worker (Temporary) - Executive (Subclass 427) visa
  • Religious Worker (Subclass 428) visa
  • Occupational Trainee (Subclass 442) visa
  • Professional Development (Subclass 470) visa.

Applicants who were previously eligible for the visas listed above may be eligible for one of the following five visa subclasses:

  • Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa
  • Training and Research (Subclass 402) visa
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa
  • Temporary Work (Entertainment)(Subclass 420) visa
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa.

There were also changes from 24 November 2012 to the way the following visas operate:

  • Entertainment (Subclass 420) visa
  • Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa.

Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (subclass 401) visa

The Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in a staff exchange arrangementor to undertake sporting activities, full-time religious work or full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives under one of the following four streams:

  • Exchange
  • Sport
  • Religious Worker
  • Domestic Worker (Executive).

More information on eligibility for this visa is available.
See: Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa

Training and Research (subclass 402) visa

The Training and Research (Subclass 402) visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake occupational training, conduct or observe research as a visiting academic or participate in a professional development program. 

You can apply under one of the following three streams:

  • Professional Development
  • Occupational Training
  • Research.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available.
See: Training and Research visa (Subclass 402) visa

Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa

The Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

  • represent a foreign government (where you do not have official status)
  • undertake work or an activity in accordance with the terms and conditions of an agreement between a Commonwealth or state/territory government and a government of another country, or
  • undertake domestic work for the holder of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (Subclass 995).

You may apply under one of the following four streams:

  • Government Agreement
  • Foreign Government Agency
  • Domestic Worker – Diplomatic or Consular
  • Privileges and Immunities.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available.
See: Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa

Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa

From 24 November 2012 changes to this visa were minimal. The name of the Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa will change to Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa. Employers are still be able to sponsor approved skilled workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis for up to four years.  Employers may nominate a number of positions for different occupations in exactly the same way as the Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa.

You may apply under one of the following two streams:

  • Labour Agreement
  • Standard Business Sponsor.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available.
See: Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa

Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) visa

Changes to the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa were minimal.  The Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa still allows you to come to Australia to work in film, television (including documentaries and commercials) or live productions in either a performance or behind-the scenes role, such as, directors, producers or other production personnel.

Following the repeal of the Media and Film Staff (Subclass 423) visa the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa allows for the inclusion of television or film crew, including actors, production and support staff and still-photographers, who are involved in the production of documentary programs or commercials for use outside Australia.

Journalists, correspondents or reporters representing overseas news organisations instead need to apply for the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa.
See: Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa

These changes did not affect sponsorship or nomination for the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available.
See: Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa

Last modified Wednesday 27 August 2014