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TEMPORARY ACTIVITY VISA (SUBCLASS 408)

This visa allows you to come to Australia to do specific types of work on a short-term, temporary basis.

In terms of basic eligibility, you must:

  • have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia
  • be supported or sponsored
  • meet additional requirements of the relevant stream
See the table below for information on specific streams.
Visa stream Duration of stay Cost  Uses of visa
Special program Up to 12 months From AUD310
  • Take part in a special program in Australia to exchange culture, knowledge and social experiences
  • Stay in Australia for usually up to 12 months with members of your family unit
Religious work Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Do full-time religious work to serve a religious institution in Australia
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of your family unit
Research activities Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Observe or take part in an Australian research project
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of your family unit
Invited for other social and cultural activity (invited participant) Up to 3 months From AUD310
  • You must have been invited to take part in a community-based event in Australia
  • You can stay in Australia for up to 3 months with members of your family unit
Sporting activities Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Play, coach, instruct or adjudicate  for an Australian team, or do high-level sports training with a sporting organisation
  • Stay for up to 2 years with members of your family unit
Entertainment activities Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Work on film, television or live productions in the entertainment industry
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of your family unit
Superyacht crew Up to 12 months From AUD310
  • Be a crew member on a superyacht in Australia
  • Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
Exchange arrangements Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Take part in a staff exchange and work in an Australian organisation
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of your family unit
Australian Government endorsed events Up to 4 years if you are the organiser From AUD310
  • It is only for participation in certain events that have been endorsed by the Australian Government
  • You need to have the endorsement of the event organiser  
Domestic work for executives Up to 2 years From AUD310
  • Do full-time domestic work in an Australian household of certain senior foreign executives
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of your family unit