Individuals and Travellers

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) document checklist

You must provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.​

You must provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.​​​

Forms

Receiving assistance

Complete these forms only if you are lodging a paper application:

Charges

Your personal documents

Your identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate showing both parents' names. If you do not have a birth certificate and are unable to get one, you must provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
    • family book showing both parents' names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • court-issued documents that verify your identity.
  • A national identity card if you have one.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

  • If you are unable to provide any of these documents, you must provide other acceptable evidence that you are who you claim to be.

Your relationships

  • Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that you have been in the relationship for at least six months (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.

Your children

  • Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children.
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all your family members aged 18 or older (such as evidence of current studies):
    • a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • proof that they live in your household
    • proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.
  • If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application, you will need documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:

Financial support

  • Evidence of your financial capacity to support yourself and your family while you are in Australia, such as:
    • bank statements
    • a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position
    • employment contracts
    • documents showing allowances, accommodation and stipends from your sponsor while you are in Australia.
    You need only to support the family members who come with you to Australia. You do not need to show you can support any family members who do not come with you.

Health and character documents

  • If you are required to undergo health examinations, you must organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application and include your health identifier (HAP ID) when completing your visa application form.
  • If you have confirmed that you do not need to undergo health examinations by using My Health Declarations, please indicate on your online application form that you have organised your health examinations when lodging your visa application (as you are considered to have met this requirement).
  • Evidence that everyone included in your application has adequate health insurance in Australia. Provide any one of the following:
    • a signed letter from a health insurance provider (140KB DOC)
    • a Medicare card or receipt of enrolment with Medicare
    • evidence of adequate health insurance (including travel insurance)
    • if you are from a country with a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia and will be eligible for Medicare when you arrive here, evidence of adequate health insurance (including travel insurance) to cover you until you enrol in Medicare
    • evidence that you hold a passport from the Republic of Ireland.
  • Evidence that everyone included in the visa application has applied for an Australian Federal Police National Police Check if they are at least 16 years of age and have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age.

    The AFP National Police Check Application Form is available from the Australian Federal Police website - either an online form or paper form. Visa applicants should tick Code 33 in Section 8 of the form. Fingerprints are not required.

    You will be issued with a 'National Police Check' certificate which will have 'Complete Disclosure' in the heading if your AFP police check application is successful.

  • Police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age. Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.
    • See Character requirements - How to obtain police certificates
    • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Government Agreement stream

  • Evidence that you meet the terms and conditions of the relevant agreement and that your stay in Australia has been agreed to by both the Australian and foreign signatories to the agreement.
  • If not stated in the agreement: evidence that the Australian signatory is satisfied that you will be employed or engaged in accordance with Australian labour laws and practices.
  • Evidence that the Australian signatory is satisfied that you will be employed or engaged in accordance with Australian labour laws and practices
  • Copies of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV) and, if required, a copy of registrations or licences required for your employment or engagement.

Foreign Government Agency stream

  • A letter of support from your government ministry or agency, covering you and family members coming with you to Australia.
  • If not included in the letter of support: a statement from your government ministry or agency that your employment in Australia would benefit Australia.
  • If you are applying as a foreign language teacher: a letter of support from the Australian school.
  • A copy of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copies of any registrations or licences required for your employment or engagement.

Privileges and Immunities stream

  • Written statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) recommending that you and any family members coming with you to Australia be granted the visa.
  • A copy of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copies of any registrations or licences required for your employment or engagement.

Domestic Worker (diplomatic or consular) stream

  • An Employer's declaration signed by your employer.
  • An Employee's declaration signed by you.
  • A letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • A copy of your qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copies of any registrations or licences required for your employment or engagement.
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