Migration Newsflash: Proposed changes to Temporary Activity Visa

Migration Newsflash – Changes to Temporary Visa

The changes are scheduled to come into effect from 19 November subject to final approval by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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The new framework is a simplification of the current temporary visa framework with the proposed changes including the collapse of six existing sponsor classes into one sponsor category, removing some sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities and introducing the ability to lodge applications online.

These proposed changes follow on from the Skilled Migration and Temporary Activity review by DIBP which commenced back in December 2014.

Proposed Temporary Activity visa framework

The proposed changes to the new visa framework will see temporary activities fall into 4 main visa subclasses, notably:

  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa for individuals seeking to enter Australia to undertake highly specialised, non-ongoing work, or in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interest.
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa for individuals entering Australia under a bilateral agreement, to represent a foreign government or teach a foreign language in an Australian school, to undertake full-time domestic work for a diplomat, enter as a person with statutory privileges and immunities, or participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme.
  • Training (subclass 407) visa for individuals to enter Australia to undertake occupational training or participate in classroom-based professional development activities.
  • Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa for individuals to enter Australia for a range of intended purposes including:
    • work in the entertainment industry
    • participate in a non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation
    • observe or participate as an academic in a research project
    • undertake full-time religious work
    • participate in a special programme to enhance international relations and cultural exchange
    • participate in high-level sports (including training)
    • work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement
    • participate in an Australian government endorsed event
    • work as a superyacht crew member
    • undertake full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives.

By virtue of these changes, the Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (subclass 401), the Training and Research (subclass 402), the Special Program (subclass 416), the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) and the Superyacht Crew (subclass 488) visas will be repealed.

Importantly, a single Temporary Activities sponsorship will replace the six currently existing sponsor classes (i.e. long stay activity, training and research, professional development, entertainment, special programme and superyacht crew).

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