Temporary Activity Visa

Temporary Activity Visa

The Temporary Activity Visa lets you carry out one of the following activities in Australia on a temporary basis.

  • Undertake full-time domestic work for certain senior foreign executives
  • Take part in high-level sports (including training)
  • Work in the entertainment industry
  • Contribute in a special programme to boost international relations and cultural exchange
  • Participate in cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation
  • Work or watch as an academic in a research project
  • Take part in an Australian Government endorsed event
  • Work as a Religious Worker
  • Get employment as a super yacht crew member
  • Get to work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement


Benefits Of Temporary Activity Visa
  • You can enter and leave Australia as many as time as you want till your visa is valid
  • Stay in Australia rightfully for the period of nominated position (with maximum stay of 2 years)
  • Participate in work or activity specified in your application
  • Bring eligible family members with you to Australia


Important Things To Know Before Applying The Visa

If you are applying for the visa in Australia, you should have the sponsorship of an approved temporary activities sponsor or sponsor who passes the sponsorship test.


Visa Applicants Requirements
  • When applying from outside Australia, you must plans to stay in Australia for 3 months or less and have the provision of an organisation or individual undertaking events or activities in Australia who has passed the support test.
  • You must be sponsored by an approved sponsor who have passed the sponsorship test
  • You must have sufficient financial support and health insurance to cover the costs for you and your family for the duration of stay in Australia
  • You must have fulfilled the criteria of the activity you have been participating under this visa


Sponsorship Requirements

You can only sponsor someone for this visa if you are:

  • An Australian organisation (a business, a corporate or incorporate body or a non-profit organisation operating legitimately in Australia)
  • A government agency or a state or territory government established legally in Australia
  • A foreign government agency (foreign tourists and media bureaus, consular or diplomatic mission and trade offices) lawfully operating a business in Australia
  • An organisation, a foreign government agency or a government agency endorsing sports or sports events legally in Australia
  • A religious foundation recognised as a charity by the Australian Tax office
  • Registered in another country but have a legal business in Australia
  • Captain or proprietor of super yacht or the organisation that operates a super yacht.


Health & Character Requirements
  • Proof of health or health examinations
  • Police certificates that show you have no criminal records


Financial Background

You must have evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application. This includes:

  • Bank Statements or a letter from the financial institutions
  • Employment contract
  • Allowances, accommodation and the other assistance from the sponsored employer in Australia


Health Insurance

You must be covered by Medicare health scheme if your country does not have a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.


English Language Requirement

You must demonstrate your functional English proficiency with

  • Overall band score of 4.5 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or
  • 32 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or
  • 30 in PTE (Pearson Test of English)


Other Relevant Matters

The delegate may also consider information that may be either beneficial or unfavourable to the applicant, such as:

  • The applicant’s circumstances in their home country. This may include their personal circumstances such as their current employment, family situation, future prospects, and general circumstances of their country, e.g. civil unrest, economic strife or famine;
  • Whether the position has been created to secure the person’s stay in Australia. Delegates should assess whether family members, the applicant’s community etc. have created the position to fit the attributes of the particular person;
  • The personal attributes and vocational or employment background of the applicant and their ability to undertake the position. Factors to consider are the applicant’s current occupation, current skill level and whether they have undertaken the same or similar work in Australia or overseas
  • The applicant’s proficiency in English is consistent with their supported activities (although applicants are not required to undertake English language testing, however if they are to work in Australia that at least a rudimentary knowledge of English should be expected).


Visa Validity Period

The validity of the Temporary Activity Visa depends on the activity you been approved for:

  • For Invited Participant activity and the Australian Government Endorsed activity, the visa can be valid up to 4 years.
  • For rest of the activities, the visa can be valid up to 2 years.


Family Members

You can include your family members in your application:

  • However, if you are sponsored and intend to stay in Australia for more than 3 months, you must have a written statement on hand from your sponsor agreeing to sponsor your family members.
  • If you want further assistance on this subclass or determine your eligibility, book a consultation with our migration expert today!

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FAQs About Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408)

The Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408) is designed for individuals who wish to come to Australia for specific, short-term purposes such as work, study, research, or participating in cultural or social activities.

Individuals with a valid reason for visiting Australia, such as participation in events, specialised work, or research, may be eligible for the Subclass 408 visa. The eligibility criteria vary based on the specific activity and stream you are applying for.

There are several streams available under the Subclass 408 visa, including:

  • Entertainment Activities: For individuals participating in entertainment events, performances, or productions
  • Invited Participant: For individuals invited by an Australian organisation or government agency to participate in specific events.
  • Research Activities: For those engaging in academic research or collaborating with Australian research institutions
  • Religious Work: For religious workers who wish to engage in religious activities or work for a religious institution.
  • Special Program: For individuals participating in government-approved programs or projects

To apply for the Subclass 408 visa, you need to submit an online application through the official Australian Department of Home Affairs website. Make sure to provide all required documentation, including details about your activity, sponsorship, and health insurance.

The documents you’ll need may include:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of your specific activity or event
  • Invitation letters, if applicable
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Character and health clearances
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Relevant educational or work documents

Note: Please refer official immigration website for the latest update requirements.

Yes, depending on the stream you’re applying under. Some streams allow limited work rights, while others are solely for participation in specific activities.

Processing times vary based on factors such as the stream you’re applying under, your individual circumstances, and the volume of applications. It’s recommended to apply well in advance of your intended travel date.

In some streams, family members can be included as secondary applicants. They must meet eligibility criteria and provide the necessary documentation to be included in your application.

Depending on the stream and circumstances, you might be able to extend your stay by applying for a new Subclass 408 visa before your current visa expires.

In many cases, a health examination is required, especially if you intend to stay in Australia for more than six months or are coming from a high-risk tuberculosis country. You’ll receive instructions on how to complete this examination as part of your application process.

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