The changes are scheduled to come into effect from 19 November subject to final approval by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
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.
The proposed changes to the new visa framework will see temporary activities fall into 4 main visa subclasses, notably:
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(subclass 416), the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) and the Superyacht Crew (subclass 488) visas will be repealed.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).