|Stream||75 per cent of applications processed||90 per cent of applications processed|
|Seasonal Worker Programme||15 days||23 days|
|All other streams||Unavailable due to low volume of applications.||Unavailable due to low volume of applications.|
Last updated 17 May 2017 (for month ending 30 April 2017)
Processing times vary.
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You might be able to get this visa if you:
- have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia
- have adequate financial support for you and your family while you are in Australia
- have adequate arrangements for health insurance for you and your family while you are in Australia
- meet health and character requirements
- meet the requirements of the stream under which you are applying for the visa
- if you are in Australia when you apply for the visa, you must hold a qualifying visa.
This visa is not for representatives of foreign governments or foreign government agencies who are accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), such as diplomats, United Nations agency executives and consular officials.
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold a current temporary
substantive visa, but not any one of the following:
- Temporary Work (international Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream unless you are applying for a further subclass 403 visa in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream; or
- Transit visa (subclass 771); or
- a Special Purpose visa.
You need to have the financial capacity to support you and your family while you are in Australia. You could be asked to provide evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application. Check the Document Checklist Tool below to find out what evidence you may be asked to provide.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The health examinations will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in other countries during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a
reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
You must have
adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare.
This applies to you and any dependent family members listed in the application.
If you are not entitled to Medicare benefits, you can ask for an exemption from Australia’s Medicare levy in your end-of-year tax return
You must meet certain character requirements. If you are applying for a stay in Australia of longer than 12 months, you must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application who are 16 years of age or older. You must provide a certified English translation with all documents that are not in English.
Debts to the Australian Government
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
This applies to you and any dependent family members listed in your application who are 18 years of age or older.
This is a temporary visa.
What this visa lets you do
This visa allows you to:
- enter Australia temporarily
- do the work or activity specified in your visa application
- enter and leave Australia while your visa is valid.
- work for your sponsor (Seasonal Worker Program stream only)
- anywhere in Australia if you work in horticulture
- in limited locations in tourism (accommodation), sugar cane farming, cotton farming or aquaculture.
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You might not need to pay the visa application charge if any of the following apply:
- you hold a valid diplomatic, official or service passport and have a Third Person Note from your government
- you have been accorded, or expect to be accorded, privileges and immunities and be recommended by the Foreign Minister for the grant of a visa
- you are in a class of persons specified by the Minister in a legislative instrument, such as a Fulbright scholar coming to Australia as part of your scholarship.
You must provide evidence to show that your application is exempt from the visa application charge.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.
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Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.
If you apply under the
Government Agreement, Foreign Government Agency or Privileges and Immunities streams you can be either in or outside Australia at the time of lodgement and grant.
If you apply under
Domestic Worker stream outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted. If you apply under this stream in Australia you must be in Australia at time of grant. Domestic worker applicants can only apply for this visa in Australia if they already hold a substantive subclass 403 visa.
If you apply under
Seasonal Worker Program stream you must be outside Australia at the time of lodgement and grant.
Government Agreement stream:
Your visa is valid for a maximum of two years, or a shorter period approved by your Foreign Ministry or government agency or the Australian signatory to the bilateral agreement.
Foreign Government Agency stream:
Your visa is valid for a maximum of four years, or a shorter period approved by your Foreign Ministry or government agency.
Privileges and Immunities stream:
Your visa is valid for the period of your status as an international representative with privileges and immunities.
Domestic Worker stream:
Your visa is valid for the duration of your employer’s posting to Australia.
Seasonal Worker Program stream:
Your visa will be valid until a specified date, usually it will be the length of your employment in Australia, and any additional time for you to travel to and from the place you are employed.
Your family members must
apply separately if you do not include them in your application for this visa.
You cannot bring your family if you apply under the
Domestic Worker stream or the
Seasonal Worker Program stream
If you want to stay longer once you are in Australia (except for the Seasonal Worker Program stream visa holders), you might be able to do so by completing a new visa application, providing appropriate evidence, and paying the visa application charge.
With appropriate approval and support the Domestic Worker stream applicants can apply for another 403 visa within the same stream.
Workplace rights in Australia
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
During your stay in Australia, you and your family must:
- maintain adequate health insurance
- continue to meet the requirements of the visa stream in which you were granted the visa
- continue to work in the activity for which the visa was granted.
If you applied under the Seasonal Worker Program steam you must:
- continue to be employed by your sponsor
- only do the work in the industry covered by the visa
- cannot work for yourself or anyone other than the sponsor.
Employers (Domestic Worker stream)
Who can employ a domestic worker
Diplomatic visa holders who want to employ domestic workers from outside Australia to work in their households in Australia on a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) must meet these
- ensure the domestic worker is employed only to perform domestic duties in your private household
- tell the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade when your domestic worker first arrives in Australia and when they finally leave
- ensure you employ pay your domestic worker in Australian workplace conditions as well as applicable state and territory legislation.
- ensure that the domestic worker leaves Australia when they finish working for you.
Sponsors (Seasonal Worker Program stream)
From 19 May 2017 you must be a Temporary Activities sponsor if you want to sponsor an applicant for a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) under the Seasonal Worker Program stream, a Training visa (subclass 407) or a Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408).
Long Stay Activity, Training and Research, Professional Development, Entertainment, Special Program and Superyacht Crew sponsorships
cannot be used to sponsor any new visa applicants from 19 May 2017.
Visa applications lodged before 19 May 2017 using one of the above Sponsorships will not be affected by this change.
To become a Temporary Activities sponsor you must lodge your application online through your ImmiAccount.
Who can sponsor a seasonal worker
For the Seasonal Worker Program, the
sponsor must be an approved employer recruiting seasonal workers for the horticulture, tourism (accommodation), aquaculture, sugar cane or cotton industries.
How long the sponsorship lasts
The temporary activities sponsorship lasts for five years.
If you are approved as a temporary activities sponsor, you can apply to vary (extend) your sponsorship before it expires to allow you to continue to sponsor people. If the sponsorship period expires, you will need to reapply and be approved as a sponsor, to sponsor further visa applicants.
Sponsorship applications lodged before 19 November 2016
You are responsible for meeting all your obligations, even if you have someone else authorised to act on your behalf, including a migration agent.
Monitoring of sponsors and visa holders
You must comply with your obligations as a sponsor. We
monitor your compliance with the sponsorship obligations and whether your visa holders are upholding their visa conditions.
Your compliance with the sponsorship obligations might be investigated by Immigration inspectors who have investigative powers under the Migration Act 1958. Failure to cooperate with inspectors is a breach of the sponsorship obligations.
Sanctions for not meeting your sponsor obligations