Temporary Activites Visa - Subclass 408

Subclass 408 visa

The subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa is designed to allow foreign nationals to visit Australia to participate in certain events and activities which are endorsed by the Australian government.



Visa streams

This visa has 10 streams:

  • Australian Government Endorsed Events: this is for people wishing to participate in an event endorsed by the Australian government. Most recently this stream has been used to provide people in Australia an opportunity to keep working during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
  • Special Program: this stream allows applicants the chance to stay in Australia for up to 12 month to participate in a cultural, knowledge sharing or social experience related program
  • Religious work: this stream allows religious workers to come to Australia and work for a religious organisation in Australia for up to 2 years on a full time basis. This work must be related to serving the religious aims of the organisation rather than simply administrative tasks and you must have relevant training.
  • Research activities: this stream is for people looking to observe or take part in a research project at a research institution or tertiary institution in Australia and is valid for up to 2 years.
  • Invited participant: this stream lets you come to Australia to participate in a community based event including sports for a period of up to 3 months.
  • Sporting activities: this stream allows you to coach, instruct or adjudicate for an Australian team or high level sports training organisation for up to 2 years
  • Entertainment activities: this is the appropriate stream for people to come to Australia to work in the entertainment industry on film, television or live productions as a performer, production or support staff for up to 2 years
  • Superyatch crew: this stream allows applicants to be a crew member of a superyatch and stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • Exchange arrangements: through this stream, a foreign company and an Australian company can exchange staff for up to two years
  • Domestic work for executives: this stream allows applicants to undertake full-time domestic work for a senior foreign executive for up to 2 years.

Many of these streams requires applicants to have a sponsoring organisation willing to host and or train the applicant during their time in Australia. Usually this will be an Australian company or government department.


How we can help

We can assist organisations with the Australian Training and Professional Development Visa Subclass 408 in a number of ways:


1. Assessing the appropriate stream for the application.

2. Researching and contacting suitable sponsors for company/foreign government backed applicants.

3. Acting as a liaison between foreign companies and Australian companies.

4. Assisting in the creation of immigration compliant training plans.

5. Assisting both the applicant and Australian organization in processing the relevant Home Affairs paper work.




Why Australia?

Australia is among one of the few OECD countries to avoid the Global Financial Crisis and navigate the Covid-19 crisis without a breakdown in the national health system. The country has a modern and progressive government and regulatory system. Despite its size, it is also has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world and its cities are regularly ranked among the best in the world for livability.


Combined with its use of English, undertaking a Temporary Activity Visa in Australia will allow participants to live and participate  in an environment where English is commonplace while also becoming familiar with Australian and general western cultural practices. Particular areas of interest for this visa include include:


- Public officers

- Foreign academics

- Company exchanges

- Entertainers

- Religious workerst


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