408 Temporary Activity Visa

Subclass 408 is a temporary visa that allows individuals to carry out specific types of work on a short-term basis. This visa does not require nomination, but for applicants who seek to stay longer than 3 months on this visa, the Australian employers need to be approved as temporary activity sponsors. The prescribed types of work include:

  1. Invited Participation in an event
  2. Sport
  3. Religious Work
  4. Domestic Work (Executive)
  5. Superyacht Crew
  6. Research
  7. Staff Exchange
  8. “Special Program”
  9. Entertainment
  10. Australian Government Endorsed Event

Different criteria apply depending on the types of work to be undertaken. The aforementioned permissible work has been expounded upon hereunder. 

All applicants must maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay and have adequate means of support to fund their Australian travels. 

 

Domestic Worker for Executives Stream  

This stream is exclusively for persons employed as domestic workers for the residences of senior executives of overseas organisations or foreign government agencies. This is a concession made by the Australian government, as domestic workers are generally not issued temporary residency visas.  

Only experienced domestic workers over the age of 18 are eligible to apply, and the visa can be granted for up to 2 years.

 

Superyacht Crew Stream  

Applicants may apply for this stream as crew members of a superyacht to stay in Australia for a period up to 12 months. To be eligible, the crew members must be at least 18 years old, and the captain, owner or operator must be a temporary activity sponsor.

A superyacht is defined as a high value luxury sailing ship or motor vessel which is:

  1. 24 metres or longer in length;
  2. Not carrying cargo; and
  3. Used for sport or pleasure.

 

Research Stream  

The stream is open to:

  • Accomplished academics invited to participate in a research project by an Australian tertiary or research institute; and
  • Students or recent graduates seeking to undertake a research activity at an Australian tertiary or research institution.

The eligible activities must be aimed at contributing to a research project or undertake research activities at request of an Australian tertiary or research institution.

It is important that the research project is related to the field of the applicant. Furthermore, there can be secondary applicants, and subclass 408 visas can be granted up to 2 years in this stream.

 

Staff Exchange Stream  

Where a reciprocal staff exchange program is in place between an Australian entity and a foreign entity, the foreign worker may be entitled to apply with his or her family members for a Subclass 408 visa to stay in Australia for up to 2 years. This stream is restricted to full time and skilled positions.

The legislative intention for Subclass 408 visas is to facilitate the exchange program, and is not to act as a substitute for the Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa. 

 

Special Program Stream  

This stream permits applicants to participate in one of the 4 approved special programs:

  • School language assistants program, or “SLAP”
  • School to school interchange program, or “SSIP”
  • Approved cultural exchange program
  • Cultural enrichment or community benefit program with an approved organisation or organisations. 

This stream is aimed at activities which provide for cultural exchange or community benefit. The special program stream is not intended for activities primarily aimed at study, workplace-based training or employment, for which subclasses 500, 407 and 482 are better suited respectively.

 

Q: What is a School to School Interchange Program?

Generally speaking, SSIP arrangements involve reciprocal arrangements between a school in Australia and an overseas school, whereby each may invite from the other a student, generally one transitioning from secondary school to tertiary education, to act as an assistant at the other institution for up to 12 months. Such arrangements may informally be known as a “gap year” by the participating institution.   

 

Q: What is a School Language Assistant Program?

A SLAP permits a young overseas prospective teaching professional to remain in Australia to obtain initial experience in assisting qualified Australian language teachers in language and cultural matters. 

Participants are expected to possess less than a years experience and to merely support a full-time qualified Australian language teacher. 

Much like a SSIP, it is generally anticipated that this program runs for no more than 12 months in duration. 

 

Application Charges  

Subclass 408 visa application fees are as follows:

  • Base application charge: $405
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $405
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is under 18: $105

It is to be noted that no application fee needs to be paid by persons who are sponsored by certain government and non-profit organisations, or are to participate in particular government-endorsed events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic event. In other instances, a reduced concessional fee applies to persons who are sponsored by specified industry entities.

 

Visa Conditions

Due to the broad range of instances where the Subclass 408 is appropriate, the specific conditions applicable to each visa will depend on the circumstances of the applicant and the steam under which the visa was applied for. In some cases, these conditions can further vary between applications within the same stream. A summary of these conditions is outlined below. 

In relation to the main applicant, the following must be imposed:

  • 8107: Approved employment only.
  • 8303: The holder must not become involved in activities disruptive to, or violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.

In relation to the main applicant who are entertainers, the following must be imposed:

  • 8109: The holder must not change details of times and places of engagements specified in the application to be undertaken in Australia during the visa period, without the prior permission in writing of the Secretary.

In relation to the main applicant, the following may be imposed:

  • 8106: The holder must engage in work in Australia only if the work is relevant to the conduct of the business, or performance of the tasks, specified in the visa application.
  • 8114: The holder must not work in Australia otherwise than as a member of the crew of a superyacht.
  • 8301: After entry to Australia, the holder must satisfy relevant public interest criteria before the visa ceases.
  • 8501: The holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.
  • 8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa.
  • 8503: The holder will not, after entering Australia, be entitled to be granted a substantive visa, other than a protection visa, while the holder remains in Australia.
  • 8516: The holder must continue to be a person who would satisfy the primary or secondary criteria, as the case requires, for the grant of the visa.
  • 8525: The holder must leave Australia by a specified means of transport on a specified day or within a specified period.
  • 8526: The holder must notify the Secretary in writing, not earlier than 7 days before the day the visa ceases to be in effect, and not later than that day, of the holder’s place of residence in Australia by posting the notification to the Central Office of Immigration in the Australian Capital Territory.

In relation to a secondary applicant, the following must be imposed:

  • 8303: The holder must not become involved in activities disruptive to, or violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.

In relation to a secondary applicant, the following may be imposed:

  • 8106: The holder must engage in work in Australia only if the work is relevant to the conduct of the business, or performance of the tasks, specified in the visa application.
  • 8301: After entry to Australia, the holder must satisfy relevant public interest criteria before the visa ceases.
  • 8501: The holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.
  • 8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa
  • 8503: The holder will not, after entering Australia, be entitled to be granted a substantive visa, other than a protection visa, while the holder remains in Australia.
  • 8516: The holder must continue to be a person who would satisfy the primary or secondary criteria, as the case requires, for the grant of the visa.
  • 8522: The holder must leave Australia not later than the time of departure of the person who has satisfied the primary criteria and of whose family unit the holder is a member.
  • 8525: The holder must leave Australia by a specified means of transport on a specified day or within a specified period.
  • 8526: The holder must notify the Secretary in writing, not earlier than 7 days before the day the visa ceases to be in effect, and not later than that day, of the holder’s place of residence in Australia by posting the notification to the Central Office of Immigration in the Australian Capital Territory.

 

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