Australian Government Endorsed Event Stream
This stream allows individuals to come to Australia to participate in events which are endorsed by the Australian Government. The list of endorsed events is subject to constant changes, and will generally cover events of national importance, such as international sporting events. In this stream, subclass 408 visas will usually be arranged by a government agency, or another national or international body involved with the relevant event.
The so-called “COVID visa” is a Subclass 408 visa applied under the Australian Government Endorsed Event stream.
You do not need a temporary activities sponsor to apply in this stream.