Individuals and Travellers

Government Agreement visa (subclass 406)

​This visa is closed to new applications. ​


This visa is for people to enter Australia under the terms of a bilateral agreement between Australia and another country or to direct the operations of one of the following organisations:

  • the British Council
  • the Alliance Francaise
  • the Goethe-Institut
  • the Italian Cultural Institute.


You might be able to get this visa only if  you are entering Australia to either:

  • undertake work or an activity in accordance with the terms and conditions of an agreement between a Commonwealth or state/territory government and a government of another country
  • direct the operations of one of the organisations.

About this visa

The Government Agreement visa (subclass 406) closed to new applications on 24 November 2012. You cannot apply for this visa.

You might be able to apply for the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403).

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 Government Agreement visa (subclass 406). It explains your rights and obligations.

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

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to enter Australia either:

  • under the terms of a bilateral agreement between Australia and another country
  • to direct the operations of one of the following organisations:
    • the British Council
    • the Alliance Française
    • the Goethe-Institut
    • the Italian Cultural Institute.

You can:

  • enter Australia at any time
  • do the work or activity specified in the relevant government agreement
  • direct the operations of a listed company, if applicable
  • bring your family with you to Australia
  • enter and leave Australia while your visa is valid.

Your obligations

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 you have been granted
  • meet Australian taxation obligations if you work in Australia.

While you are in Australia you must:

  • not stop working or stop doing the activity that was listed in your visa application
  • not work in a position or engage in an activity that is inconsistent with the reason for which your visa was granted
  • only work for the employer listed in your application
  • not work for yourself.

Any member of your family who was included in your visa application must:

  • continue to be part of your family unit
  • enter Australia at the same time, or after you
  • leave Australia at the same time, or before you.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Document Checklist Tool

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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.