Individuals and Travellers

Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​

Features

This visa is for business people intending to travel to Australia for a short business visit (for example, going to a conference, negotiation or meeting), but not intending to work in Australia. 

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia for a short business visit and you have a sponsor.

About this visa

The Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459) closed to new applications from 23 March 2013.

The work entitlements on this visa have been replaced by the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400).

Business people intending to travel to Australia for a short business visit (for example, going to a conference, negotiation or meeting), but not intending to work in Australia, might be able to apply for the Business Visitor stream of the Visitor visa (subclass 600).

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 Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459). It explains your rights and obligations.

How long your visa lasts

We explained how long your visa lasts when you were sent the Notification of Grant letter. You cannot apply to extend your visa.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to visit Australia for short-term business purposes, including business-related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences or networking.

The visa allows you to enter Australia for:

  • a maximum of three months, if you have been granted a visa for a single visit
  • a maximum of three months per visit, if you have been granted a visa for more than one visit.

Work is usually not allowed. However, you might be able to do some work — for example, if the work is highly specialised and non-ongoing (usually less than six weeks for the life of the visa).

If your visa was granted with a ‘No further stay’ condition, you cannot apply for any other visa while you are in Australia, except in exceptional circumstances.

Your obligations

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

You must not:

  • work in Australia except under very limited circumstances
  • do work in Australia that can done by an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  • perform activities other than those stated in your visa application
  • do any formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification.

Your spouse or de facto partner must not:

  • work in Australia
  • do any formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification.

You and your family must leave Australia before the visa expires.

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

The Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459) closed to new applications from 23 March 2013. You cannot apply to be a sponsor under this visa because it is no longer open to new applications. This information is for approved sponsors of current Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa holders.

Your obligations

As a sponsor, you need to:

  • ensure that people you sponsor are genuine business visitors.
  • ensure that they comply with all legislation and awards covering their employment in Australia
  • ensure that they and their family members comply with all the conditions of their visa while in Australia
  • advise your nearest Immigration office​ if the business visitor does not abide by the conditions of their visa.