Individuals and Travellers

Training and Research visa (subclass 402)

This visa is closed to new applications.

Features

​​​​This visa allows you to:

  • take part in structured workplace-based training to enhance your skills in your current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise (Occupational Trainee stream)
  • participate in a professional development training program in Australia after being invited to do so Professional Development stream
  • observe or participate in an Australian research project after being invited to do so (Research stream).

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are one of the following:

  • an occupational trainee (Occupational Trainee stream)
  • a professional, manager or government official (Professional Development stream)
  • a professional academic (Research stream)

You must meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.​

About this visa

​​​The Training and Research visa (subclass 402) is closed to new applications from 19 November 2016.

You might be eligible to apply for Training visa (subclass 407) or Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408).

Visa holders

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

See also: Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia

This information is for people who have already been granted a Training and Research visa (subclass 402). It explains your rights and ob​ligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

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​​How long your​ visa​​ ​lasts

 

This visa is valid for the period of the position, usually up to a maximum of:

  • Occupational Trainee stream: two years
  • Professional Development stream: 18 months
  • Research stream: 12 months.

Renewing your visa

Occupational Trainee and Research streams:

If you want to stay longer when you are in Australia, you must lodge a new application for this visa, including all relevant documents. You will also have to pay the visa application charge.

If your visa was granted in the Occupational Trainee stream, you might have to provide an explanation of why you were unable to complete the training within the initial training period.

Professional Development stream:

You cannot apply or reapply for this visa while you are in Australia.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia at any time after your visa is granted, if you are outside Australia at the time of visa grant
  • stay in Australia for the nominated duration of the training, research position or program
  • do the training or activity specified in your visa application
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until you have finished participating in the program or your visa expires, whichever occurs first.

If you hold this visa under the Occupational Trainee or Research streams, you may also bring your family with you. Your family:

  • might not be able to be in Australia without you:
    • they might need to enter Australia with you or after you
    • they might need to leave Australia with you or before you
  • must intend to remain members of your family unit.

Family members in the Occupational Trainee stream can only work for up to 40 hours a fortnight.

Family members in the Research stream might have unrestricted work rights.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

During your stay in Australia, you must:

  • maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia
  • continue to meet the requirements of the visa stream in which you were granted the visa
  • leave Australia before your visa ends.

Occupational Trainee stream

You must:

  • participate fully in the occupational training (you cannot stop participating)
  • not do any work other than the approved occupational training program specified in your visa application
  • not become unemployed, leave your workplace-based training to work for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job
  • not do any other activities that could affect your participation in the occupational training
  • tell your sponsor if your personal circumstances change, such as if you cannot continue the training
  • tell your sponsor if you have any concerns about the training program.

If you decide to train with another organisation while in Australia, you will need to be sponsored by that organisation, which must lodge a nomination. When the new nomination is approved you will be able to do workplace-based occupational training for that organisation for the period left on your visa without having to apply for a new visa.

If your sponsor ceases your employment training you must notify the department and find another employer who is willing to sponsor you.

Your family members cannot work for more than 40 hours a fortnight.

Research stream

You must:

  • continue in the position for which your visa was granted
  • not do any work other than the research for the position in relation to which your visa was granted
  • engage only in activities that are consistent with the activities specified in your visa application
  • do research for the employer who sponsored you for the visa
  • not become unemployed, leave your job to work for someone else, or work for someone else in a second job
  • not receive a salary.

If your sponsor ceases your employment or training, you must notify the department and find another employer who is willing to sponsor you.

Professional Development stream

You must:

  • participate fully in the professional development program (you cannot stop participating or change the programs)
  • not pay any of the participant costs for which your sponsor is liable under the professional development agreement.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
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Sponsors

This information is for a person who sponsored someone for a Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO for Organisations) to check the visa status and entitlements of people you have sponsored.

How long the sponsorship lasts

Sponsorships are valid for up to three years.

A Professional Development sponsorship ends after three years or when the professional development agreement approval ends, whichever is the earlier.

Sponsor obligations

You must be able to comply with the following sponsorship obligations:

  • cooperate with inspectors
  • tell us when certain events occur
  • keep records
  • provide records and information to the Minister
  • not recover from, transfer or charge certain costs to another person
  • pay costs  to locate and remove an unlawful non-citizen
  • ensure the visa holder participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity.

Depending on the stream in which you are making a nomination, you may also be required to comply with the following sponsorship obligations:

  • secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation 
  • pay travel costs to enable sponsored people  to leave Australia 

You are responsible for meeting all your obligations, even if you have authorised someone else to act on your behalf, including a migration agent.

Cooperate with inspectors

You must cooperate with inspectors appointed under the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) who are investigating whether:

  • a sponsorship obligation is being, or has been, complied with
  • you have hired an illegal worker
  • there are other circumstances in which we could take administrative action.

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends five years after the day the approved sponsorship ceases

Cooperating with inspectors can include (but is not limited to):

  • providing access to premises 
  • producing and providing documents within the requested timeframe  
  • not preventing or attempting to prevent access to a person who has custody of, or access to, a record or documents 
  • providing officers with access to interview any person on their premises.

Keep records

You must keep records to show how you have complied with your obligation to tell the department when certain events occur. All records must be reproducible and some must be capable of verification by an independent person.

You must keep a record of:

  • a notification that you were required to make to the department
  • the date on which you notified the department, and how and where you made the notification.

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends two years after:
    • you cease to be an approved sponsor, and
    • you are no longer sponsoring anyone.

You do not need to keep any records for more than five years.

Provide records and information to the Minister

You must provide records or information, if they are requested by a departmental officer that goes to determining whether:

  • a sponsorship obligation is being or has been complied with, and 
  • determining whether other circumstances, in which the Minister may take administrative action, exist or have existed, in the manner and timeframe requested by the department.

We may ask you in writing to provide records or information which relate to your sponsorship obligations, and any other matters that relate to your sponsorship of visa holders. You must provide the records or information requested if it is a record or information that:

  • you are required to keep under Commonwealth, state or territory law
  • you have an obligation to keep as a sponsor.

This obligation starts to apply on the day the sponsorship is approved.

This obligation ends two years after:

  • your sponsorship ceases, and
  • you no longer have a sponsored visa holder.

Tell us when certain events occur  

You must tell us in writing when certain events occur. Send the information by registered post or electronic mail to a specified address and within certain timeframes of the event occurring.

Events where a sponsor must provide information to us include:

  • a change to the information in the sponsor's application for approval as a sponsor, relating to the person's address and contact details;
  • the primary sponsored person fails to participate in the nominated occupation, program or activity
  • the primary sponsored person ceases to participate in the nominated occupation, program or activity
  • a change to the formal agreement between the primary sponsored person and the person
  • the person has paid the return travel costs of a primary sponsored person or secondary sponsored person in accordance with the obligation mentioned in regulation 2.80.

This obligation starts to apply on the day the sponsorship is approved.

This obligation ends two years after:

  • your sponsorship ceases, and
  • you are no longer sponsoring anyone. 
Research stream

If you are sponsoring someone under the Research stream, you must also notify the department:

  • when the person you have sponsored stops doing research for you
  • as soon as you know the date on which they will stop doing research for you
  • about any change in the final date on which they will stop doing research for you.
Professional Development stream

If you are sponsoring someone under the Professional Development stream, you must also notify the department if:

  • your capacity or a subcontractor's capacity to deliver the approved professional development program has changed
  • you cease to exist as a legal entity or your legal structure changes (for example, if a new director is appointed, a new partner joins a partnership, or a new member is appointed to the managing committee of the organisation)
  • you become insolvent, as defined in the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and the Corporations Act 2001
  • the person you have sponsored does not attend the professional development program and you did not authorise their absence
  • if you are a company, a partner of a partnership, or a member of a managing committee of an unincorporated association, any of the following occur:
    • an administrator is appointed for the sponsoring organisation
    • the organisation resolves by special resolution to be wound up voluntarily
    • a court has ordered that the organisation be wound up in insolvency
    • a court has appointed an official liquidator to be the provisional liquidator of the organisation
    • a court has approved a compromise or arrangement proposed by the organisation
    • the property of the organisation becomes subject to a receiver or other controller
    • procedures are initiated for the deregistration of the organisation.

Where to send a notice of an event or change

You must send details of these events by email or to one of our state or territory offices listed below.

By email (preferred): sponsor.notifications@border.gov.au

By registered post:

  • Australian Capital Territory
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 717
    Canberra ACT 2601

  • New South Wales
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 9984
    Sydney NSW 2001

  • Queensland
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 9984
    Brisbane Qld 4001

  • Northern Territory
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 864
    Darwin NT 0801

  • South Australia
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 2399
    Adelaide SA 5001

  • Tasmania
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 794
    Hobart Tas. 7001

  • Victoria
    Sponsor Monitoring
    GPO Box 241
    Melbourne Vic. 3001

  • Western Australia
    Sponsor Monitoring
    Locked Bag 7
    Northbridge WA 6865

Not recover, transfer or charge certain costs to another person

You must not take any action or seek to take any action that would result in the transfer or charging of costs (including migration agent costs) to another person, such as a sponsored visa holder or their sponsored family members. This includes costs that relate to:

  • the recruitment of the person you sponsored 
  • becoming or being a sponsor or former approved sponsor.

This obligation:

  • starts on the day the sponsorship is approved
  • ends on the following two events: 
    • you cease to be an  approved sponsor
    • you  no longer have a sponsored visa holder.

Sponsors are also required to pay certain costs associated with becoming a sponsor and not pass these costs, in any form, onto another person. These include:

  • cost of sponsorship and nomination charges
  • migration agent costs associated with the lodgement of sponsorship and nomination applications
  • administrative costs and any sundry costs an employer incurs when they conduct recruitment exercises, including:
    • recruitment agent fees
    • migration agent fees
    • the cost of job advertising
    • screening of candidates, short listing, interviews and reference checks
    • salaries of recruitment or human resource staff
    • the cost of outsourcing background checks, police checks and psychological testing where they relate to an employer determining an applicant’s suitability for the position
    • training of new staff
    • responding to queries for prospective candidates, and advising unsuccessful applicants
    • travel costs for the sponsor to interview and/or meet the applicant either overseas or in Australia.  

Pay costs to locate and remove an unlawful non-citizen

In the event a primary sponsored person (or any of their sponsored family members) becomes an unlawful non-citizen, you may be required to pay the costs incurred by the Commonwealth in locating and/or removing the primary or secondary sponsored persons from Australia.

You may be liable to pay the Commonwealth the difference between the actual costs incurred by the Commonwealth (up to a maximum of AUD10 000) less any amount which may have already been paid under the obligation to pay travel costs to enable sponsored persons to leave Australia (see ‘Obligation to pay travel costs’ above).

This obligation starts on the day the person you sponsored becomes an unlawful non-citizen. It ends five years after they leave Australia.  This means that the department might, up to five years after the person you have sponsored has left Australia, give you a letter requiring payment of the costs that the Commonwealth paid to locate and remove the person you sponsored prior to their departure from Australia.

Secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation (Professional Development stream and volunteers under the Occupational Trainee stream only)

You must meet this obligation only if you sponsor someone:

  • under the Professional Development stream
  • as a volunteer without a salary or wages under the Occupational Trainee stream.

If you sponsor someone under these streams, you must secure an offer of a reasonable standard of accommodation in Australia for them and any family they bring with them.

If the accommodation becomes unavailable, you must find alternative accommodation for them.

A ‘reasonable standard of accommodation’ means you must:

  • meet all relevant state or territory and local government regulations regarding fire, health and safety
  • offer 24-hour access
  • provide meals or a self-catering kitchen
  • be clean and well-maintained
  • have a lounge area
  • have adequate laundry facilities or a laundry service
  • provide power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration
  • have an adequate ratio of guests to bathroom facilities
  • have uncrowded sleeping areas
  • provide appropriate gender segregated areas and bathroom facilities
  • allow adequate privacy and secure storage for personal items.

This obligation starts on the day:

  • your nomination is approved, or
  • the day the visa is granted (if the person you have sponsored does not already hold this visa).

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is earliest):

  • another sponsor has their nomination application for the same person approved
  • the  person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass to the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Ensure sponsored applicant participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity (Occupational Trainee stream only)

This obligation applies to you only if you have sponsored someone under the Occupational Trainee stream.

You must ensure that the person you have sponsored for this visa participates only in the position or activity for which you nominated them. If you want them to do workplace-based training in a different position, you must nominate them for that position and lodge a new nomination application.

This obligation starts on the day the person you have sponsored for the position is granted a visa. If they already hold a visa, your obligation starts on the day the nomination is approved.

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is earliest):

  • on which another sponsor has their nomination for the same person approved
  • on which person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass from the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa (and any subsequent bridging visa) is no longer in effect.

Pay travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia (Professional Development stream only)

This obligation applies to you only if you have sponsored someone under the Professional Development stream.

You must pay reasonable and necessary travel costs to enable the person you have sponsored to leave Australia. The person must ask in writing. The department can also ask on their behalf.

The costs will be considered reasonable and necessary if they include all of the following:

  • travel from the sponsored persons’ usual place of residence in Australia to the place of departure from Australia
  • travel from Australia to the country (for which the person holds a passport) specified in the request
  • economy class air travel or, where unavailable, a reasonable equivalent.

Travel costs must be paid within 30 days of receiving the request.

This obligation starts:

  •  on the day the visa is granted (if the person does not already hold a visa in this subclass).

This obligation ends on the day (whichever is the earliest):

  • the person you have sponsored is granted a further substantive visa of a different subclass to the one they last held, and their new visa does not require them to work for you
  • the person you have sponsored has left Australia and the relevant visa is no longer valid.

Nominate

This information is for an approved sponsor who has nominated someone for the Occupational Trainee stream of the Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

How long the nominations lasts

Your nomination lasts for up to 12 months.

Estimate the cost of your visa

The following Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.