Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408)

For short-term employment or activities, such as attending sporting or cultural events, people can visit Australia using the Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408). Depending on the activities, the validity of this visa can range from a few days to four years. Candidates must have sponsorship from an Australian company or person hosting the event. For individuals who want to take part in special and transient events held in Australia, this visa is perfect.

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The Temporary Activity Visa allows you to engage in various activities in Australia on a short-term basis.

  • Work full-time in domestic roles for senior foreign executives
  • Engage in high-level sports activities, including training sessions
  • Participate in the entertainment industry
  • Contribute to special programs aimed at enhancing international relations and cultural exchanges
  • Take part in cultural or social events at the invitation of an Australian organization
  • Conduct academic research or observe
  • Attend events endorsed by the Australian Government
  • Serve as a religious worker
  • Join the crew of a super yacht
  • Work in skilled positions as part of staff exchange programs

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Advantages of the Temporary Activity Visa

  • Freedom to enter and exit Australia multiple times during the visa period
  • Legally reside in Australia for the duration of your approved role (up to two years)
  • Engage in specific work or activities as stated in your visa application
  • Bring eligible family members along to Australia


Key Points to Consider Before Applying for the Visa

If you are applying for the visa in Australia, ensure you have backing from an approved temporary activities sponsor.

Visa Applicant Requirements

  • When applying from outside Australia, your intended stay must be 3 months or less with backing from an event or activity organizer who meets support criteria.
  • You need an approved sponsor who meets the sponsorship criteria
  • Sufficient financial resources and health insurance to cover your and your family’s needs during your stay
  • Meet the specific requirements of the activity under this visa


Visa Sponsorship Criteria

If you want to sponsor someone for a visa, ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • You are an Australian organization such as a business, a non-profit or a corporate body that is officially operating within Australia
  • You are a government agency or a state or territory authority officially established in Australia
  • You are a foreign government agency like tourist boards, media houses, consulates, or trade missions that are legally conducting operations in Australia
  • You are an entity or agency connected to promoting sports or sports events officially in Australia
  • You are a religious organization recognized as charitable by the Australian Tax Office
  • You are registered in another country but have a legitimate business presence in Australia
  • You are the captain or owner of a super yacht or represent an organization that manages a super yacht


Health and Character Verification

  • Required medical checks or health certifications
  • Police clearance certificates confirming no criminal history


Financial Documentation

For your visa application, you need to show proof of financial stability. This should include:

  • Bank statements or a confirmation letter from your bank
  • Your employment agreement
  • Details of any support such as housing or allowances from your Australian employer


Health Coverage

It’s essential to have health insurance through Medicare if India and Australia do not have a mutual health care agreement.

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Proof of English Proficiency

You must prove that you have basic English skills with:

  • A minimum score of 4.5 in IELTS
  • 32 in TOEFL
  • 30 in PTE


Additional Considerations

The officer may review information that could impact the applicant either positively or negatively, such as:

  • The applicant’s life in their native country, including their job, family conditions, future opportunities, and the overall situation like social unrest or economic issues;
  • Whether the job was created just to facilitate the applicant’s stay in Australia. It should be checked if relatives or the applicant’s community have tailored the position to suit this specific individual;
  • The applicant’s personal qualities and professional background, their capacity to perform the job. Consider their present occupation, skills level, and past job experiences either in Australia or abroad;
  • The applicant’s command of English aligns with their intended role (while there is no mandatory English test, a basic understanding of English is expected if they are to work in Australia).


Visa Duration

The length of the Temporary Activity Visa is based on the approved activity:

  • For Invited Participant and Australian Government Endorsed activities, the visa may last up to 4 years.
  • For other activities, the visa may last up to 2 years.


Involving Family

You may add your family members to your application:

  • If you are sponsored and plan to stay in Australia longer than 3 months, ensure you have an agreement from your sponsor to support your family members as well.
  • For more help on this visa subclass or to check your eligibility, schedule a session with our migration specialist today!

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