Australian Embassy
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Working in Australia

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• Introduction
Beware of work visa scams
• Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
• Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)
• Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401)
• Training and Research visa (subclass 402)
• Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)
• Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa
• Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420)
• Applying for this visa
• Further information

 

Introduction

To work in Australia, you must have a valid Australian visa with work rights. A range of temporary and permanent skilled visas are available. The information on this page relates to the most common temporary visa applications made by Chinese applicants. Further information on all visa options is available on the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. See: www.border.gov.au

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

The next tranche of appointments to lodge a Work and Holiday visa will be available to be booked in 2016/17. Once you have successfully booked an appointment you will have to attend an AVAC in person to submit your application.

The Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa allows participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism.
In addition, the visa allows the holder to:

• stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival;
• work for the 12 month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and
• study for up to four months.

General eligibility requirements for Chinese Work and Holiday visa applicants are:

• hold a valid Chinese passport;
• are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged;
• will not be with a dependent child while in Australia;
• have enough money for support on a working holiday (at least AUD $5000);
• have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia;
• have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417);
• hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study;
• have functional English (equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher);
• meet character and health requirements; and
• are a genuine visitor.

For more detail on the requirements of the Work and Holiday visa please see the checklist below or read our Work and Holiday visa Frequently Asked Questions.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) is a temporary visa that lets you enter Australia to:

• do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
• participate in an event or events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organisation.

You can usually stay in Australia for up to three months.

You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and when the visa is decided.

This visa has replaced the work entitlements on the following visas:

• Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)
• Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459)
• Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Short Validity) (subclass 977)
• Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Long Validity) (subclass 956)
• eVisitor visa (subclass 651).

If you already hold one of these visas, it will still be valid until the date you were given when it was granted.

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you used in your application and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) visa

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

The Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa will allow you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in a staff exchange arrangement, or to undertake sporting activities or religious work under one of the following three streams:

• Sport
• Religious Worker
• Exchange.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa

Training and Research visa (subclass 402)

The Training and Research (Subclass 402) visa will allow 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 in English on the department’s website.
See: Training and Research visa (Subclass 402) visa

Please note that the Research Stream is intended for academics overseas to come to Australia to participate or observe in an Australian research project and collaborate with Australian academics.

An “academic” is considered to be a person who is employed or was formerly employed as an academic at a tertiary institution or research institution and has a significant record of achievement in his or her field.

This may include a person who holds a title of:
• professor, including emeritus, adjunct professorships
• assistant/associate professor
• senior lecturer
• lecturer or
• the equivalent of any such senior rank as an academic at a tertiary or research institution.

It does not include less senior positions such as Research Assistant.

The Research Stream visa is NOT suitable for PhD or Masters students who wish to come to Australia to undertake research.

Such applicants may however be eligible for the Occupational Trainee Stream visa. Among other requirements, the sponsor would need to provide details of the research to be conducted in Australia and how it relates to their studies in China. A letter from the applicant’s education provider in China, stating that the research is a requirement for the applicant’s course, would also be required.

The Occupational Trainee Stream visa has a three-stage process (sponsorship, nomination and visa application) and all the three stages are processed in Australia at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)’s Hobart Office.

More information on this visa is available in English on the department’s website.

See: Training and Research visa (Subclass 402) visa 

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)

The Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa will allow 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 in English on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa

Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years. Employers may nominate a number of positions for different occupations.

You may apply under one of the following two streams:

• Labour Agreement
• Standard Business Sponsor.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa

Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (subclass 420)

The Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa 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.

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

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa

Applying for this visa

The following information is designed to assist you in preparing and submitting your application:

• Checklists (including application forms)

- Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400)
- Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 401)
- Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402)
- Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa (Subclass 403)
 

Lodging a Visa Application in China (including important information about where to submit your application)
Visa Application Charges and Payment Options (including important information about paying by Postal Money Order)
Processing Times
Visa Labels
• Please refer to the General Information page for detailed information on:

  - Health Requirement and Medical Examinations 
  - Health Insurance
  - Clients aged 75 years or older
  - Parents of Australian citizens/permanent residents
  - Character Requirement and Penal Clearance Certificates
  - Appointing a Migration Agent or Authorised Recipient 
  - Supporting Documents
  - Document Fraud
  - Verification Checks
  - Decision Notification
  - Visa Labels
  - Contacting Us
  - Providing Feedback

Further Information

For information on visas not featured on this website, and for more information on those that are, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website. See: www.border.gov.au

 

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Page last updated 06 November 2015