A Special Purpose visa is a temporary visa for people with a prescribed status or who are declared by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to hold a Special Purpose Visa, to enter and stay in Australia.
What this visa lets you do
The visa allows you to do your normal work while in Australia. It ceases once you cease to have a prescribed status or the visa is cancelled.
Who could get this visa
You cannot apply for this visa. It is granted when you enter Australia if you are:
- a member of the Royal Family (that is, the Queen’s immediate family) or their personal staff or media representative or a person accompanying them as a member of their official party
- an official guest of the Australian Government or their spouse, de facto partner, or dependent child
- a member of the military or civilian component of the armed forces of a country that has a Status of Forces Agreement with Australia, or his or her accompanying spouse, de factor partner or dependent relative
- a member of the armed forces of a specified Asia-Pacific country, who is travelling to Australia, or is in Australia, as part of your duty, or their accompanying spouse, de facto partner or dependent relative
- a member of the armed forces of a Commonwealth country, who is travelling to Australia, or is in Australia, as part of your duty, or their accompanying spouse, de facto partner or dependent relative
- a person who forms part of the complement of a ship of the regular armed forces of a foreign government and who is on board the ship
- an airline crew member
- an airline positioning crew member.
There is no application charge for this visa.
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.