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Australia 408

Stay

Up to 2 years

Cost

From AUD310

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications: 17 days
  • 90% of applications: 58 days

With this visa you can

  • work on film, television or live productions in the entertainment industry 
  • Stay in Australia for up to 2 years with members of the family unit
  • Apply for the visa in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance

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You must

  • have a agreement or other proof of your engagement
  • have access to enough money to support yourself and any dependents who travel with you during your stay in Australia
  • apply online

With this visa, you can

  • work in the entertainment industry in Australia as a actor, production or support staff
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you wish while your visa is valid
  • include members of the family unit in your visa related documents

Entertainment activity categories

You apply for this visa under one of these categories:

  • performing during a film or television production subsidised by government
  • performing during a film or television production not subsidised by government
  • performing other than in film or television
  • working in a production role other than as a artist
  • working as support staff for an performer or group of performer
  • working as a performer or support staff for a non-profit engagement
  • working on a documentary or industrial for an overseas market

Examples of eligible work

Eligible work could include:

  • performing in a television or film production
  • making a celebrity cameo form
  • a contestant or worker on a reality TV program who receives a salary
  • stand-up comedian
  • international singer or their support staff
  • live theatre actor or support staff
  • singer 
  • traditional musician
  • internet video recitalist
  • cultural performer
  • documentary anchor
  • celebrity appearance in a commercial
  • non-performing production or technical crew members
  • press officer or other media personnel covering an occasion
  • choreographer giving a dance short course that include a ticketed public closing performance

Other visas that might suit you

Consider a different Temporary Activity stream or a different visa if you are planning to work as:

  • an entertainer attending a promotional event only, without performing – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa
  • an artist creating visual art or holding exhibitions of their work – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa
  • an author at a writer’s festival presenting work in front of an audience – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa
  • a dance choreographer conducting a dance workshop that includes a closing non-ticketed performance – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa
  • a journalist or other media personnel covering events for a non-Australian audience – see Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)
  • a competitor in a non-sporting competition for dance, music or online gaming – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa
  • a contestant of a reality show not receiving a salary – see the Invited Participant stream of this visa or Visitor visas

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. We grant the length of stay based on the activity we agree you to do on the visa.

The maximum live for this visa stream is 2 years.

The visa is granted with multiple entries. You can go away and re-enter Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The visa starts on the date we grant it.

If we grant the visa, we will let you know how long you can live.

Stay longer

You can’t live in Australia longer by extending this visa. Explore your visa options.

Include family

You can:

  • include members of the family unit in your application when you apply, or
  • add family members to your application at any time before we make a decision

Family members who apply for the visa with you want to also meet our health and character requirements.

If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, relations who are not coming to Australia may also have to meet our health requirements.

Subsequent entrants

If we grant you the visa, your relations could be ready to apply to join you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant.

Cost

The visa costs AUD310 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each relation who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

Visa Application Charge concession

If your sponsor/supporter organisation is included by the Minister during a legislative instrument, you may be eligible for a Visa Application Charge concession. The organisation must be:

  • any registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
  • any foreign government agency, embassy or consulate
  • any state, territory or Commonwealth government agency; or
  • Another administration that has been listed by name within the instrument as they are managing an occasion that receives significant government funding.

You will not receive a concession if you are also contracted to other organisations that aren’t listed within the instrument for other events during your stay.

Check with your sponsor if you would possibly be eligible for a visa request charge concession. If you are, ask them for proof of this to submit with your application.

We might not process your application if you invite for a concession but don’t provide evidence you are qualified for one. 

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you register for the visa and when we make a decision on your application.

Processing times

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you don’t fill it in accurately
  • you don’t include all the papers we require, or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your visa form if you don’t pay the correct visa application payment. We will inform you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Your obligations

You and your relatives must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.

Learn more about conditions for this visa.

Your activities must not harm the work, training or job conditions of Australian citizens or permanent residents.

You must not change the times and places of schedules specified in the application. If you want to do so, you must inform the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs for permission before you make any alteration.

You need to take permission from the Temporary Specialist Entry Centre to make any changes to your itinerary. This includes new events, changes in times or new venues. Send an email to entertainment.visas@homeaffairs.gov.au or let us know in ImmiAccount.

If your sponsor, supporting company or individual stops your activity or employment, you should do one of the following:

  • if entitled, apply for a new visa; or
  • leave Australia within 28 days of stopping work for your sponsor/supporter, or earlier if your visa is expiring

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.

Visa label

We will online link your visa to your passport. You will not get a tag in your passport.

If we grant you a visa, we will send you a grant notification letter containing the visa grant number. You can use this number to track your digital visa record.

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You need a supporter

You don’t need a sponsor to register for this visa if you:

  • apply outside Australia, and
  • intend to live in Australia for less than 3 months

You should have a supporter to apply for this visa. 

You need a sponsor

You need a sponsor to apply for this visa if you:

  • apply in Australia, or
  • apply outside Australia and intend to live for more than three months

Have a contract or other proof of your activity in Australia

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You must have a contract for your performance or work in Australia. 

If you are here for a non-profit commitments, whether as a performer or production staff, you must be able to show us proof of this.

If you are here to make an ads or documentary for an overseas market, you must be able to show us verification of this such as a distribution contract.

Be able to support yourself and any dependents

You must have access to enough money during your stay in Australia to support yourself and any dependent family members who travel to Australia with you

Intend to work in an eligible entertainment activity category

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You apply for this visa under one of these categories:

  • performing in a film or television production subsidised by government
  • performing in a film or television production not subsidised by government
  • performing other than in film or television
  • working as production staff
  • working as support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers
  • working as a performer or support staff for a non-profit engagement
  • working on a documentary or commercial for an overseas market

See what the eligibility requirements are for each category.

Performing in a film or television production subsidised by government

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Apply under this category if you are performing during a production subsidised wholly or partially by an Australian federal, state or territory government, including as:

  • a main actor or major support actor in a television or film production
  • a celebrity making a cameo appearance
  • a reality-show host

Your sponsor or supporter must discuss with the relevant union or unions before engaging you. They must also get an Arts certificate from the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Performer in a film or television production not subsidised by government

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Register under this category if you are performing in a production that is not subsidised in whole or partly by a government in Australia, including as:

  • main performer or major support performer in a television or film production
  • celebrity making a cameo appearance
  • reality-show host

Your sponsor or supporter must consult with the relevant union or unions before engaging you. They must also obtain an Arts certificate from the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Performer other than in film or on television

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Apply under this category if you are performing in a production other than a film or television production, such as:

  • a live theatre show
  • stage comedy
  • a classical music performance
  • an online marketing or entertainment video 

Your sponsor or supporter must consult with the relevant union or unions before engaging you.

Production staff

Apply under this category if you are a production or technical crew member such as:

  • a director
  • camera or lighting crew
  • sound crew

Your sponsor or supporter must consult with the relevant union or unions before engaging you.

Support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers

Apply under this category if you have been contracted to assist a performer with a performance or provide a personal service such as:

  • provide backing music or vocals
  • provide acting or voice coaching
  • hairstyling, dressing or makeup services

Your sponsor or supporter must consult with the relevant union or unions before engaging you.

Performer in or support staff for a non-profit production

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Apply under this category if you are performing in or supporting a actor in a non-profit production.

The engagement can’t provide any commercial interest. Any profits made must be given to a non-commercial organisation, charity or patron.

Working on a documentary or commercial for an overseas market

Apply under this category if you are working on a documentary or commercial for an abroad market that is not planned to be shown in Australia.

A documentary is a realistic presentation of a real event, period or person’s life in a television, film, online video or radio program. Light entertainment and reality TBV can be considered documentaries if they portray factual events or people. A drama series about fictional characters would not be considered a documentary.

You might work as:

  • television or film crew
  • an actor
  • a presenter
  • production or support staff
  • a still photographer

If the documentary or business-related will be shown in Australia, apply for this visa under one of the other entertainment activity categories such as:

  • production staff
  • performer in a film or television production subsidised by government
  • performer in a film or television production not subsidised by government

Meet the health requirement

You and any relatives who register for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

If you register for this visa from outside Australia, family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health necessity.

Meet the character requirement

You and relatives aged 16 years and over whom register for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

We may also ask that other relatives meet the conditions.

Have adequate health insurance

You are personally liable for all of your healthcare costs while you’re in Australia. Medical insurance helps limit your economic liability.

You must have adequate health cover for the whole of your stay to be granted this visa. Your cover should cover you for medically essential treatment, including transport.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.

See more about health insurance for overseas visitors. 

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements. 

Be a genuine temporary entrant

You can’t use our temporary visa program to preserve ongoing residency in Australia.

The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement helps us to make sure that you use temporary visas accurately.

We normally do not let temporary residents extend their live in Australia beyond 4 years by applying for this visa.

We must be pleased that you have a real intention to live here temporarily.

When assessing your application, we will consider:

  • your situation
  • your immigration history
  • previous compliance with visa conditions
  • any other applicable matter

Have paid back debt to the Australian government

If you owe the Australian Government currency, you must have paid it back or have an official arrangement to pay it back.

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you want to acknowledge the Australian Values Statement that verify you will respect the Australian way of life and follow Australian laws when you register for the visa.​

Declare you have not paid for visa sponsorship

You have to state that whether you have ever busy in conduct that could constitute a breach of the prohibition on paying for visa sponsorship when you register for the visa.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You may not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Before you register

You must have an eligible sponsor or supporter. Let us know if you are getting help with your application.

Get help with your application

You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you would like to, see the way to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can assist you fill out forms or offer you general help together with your application. But you would like to allow us to know if you want someone to:

Receive your correspondence

  • offer immigration assistance and act for you

Step 2

Gather your important papers

Provide evidence to maintain your visa request, including sponsor or supporter documents.

Provide accurate information

Provide correct information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Identity documents

Give the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide:

  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name

Important Documents that show a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by

Sponsor documents

If you have a sponsor, provide the following with your application:

  • a sponsorship application ID number or sponsorship transaction reference number (TRN) or a sponsor approval letter or receipt for lodging the sponsorship application
  • a written statement from your sponsor that they will meet the sponsorship obligation for you and all dependent family members included in your request

You must also provide evidence that your sponsor is:

  • an Australian organisation lawfully established and operating in Australia
  • an Australian Commonwealth, state or territory government agency
  • a foreign government agency operating in Australia

Also give proof your sponsor holds any licences they want to undertake the production.

Non-profit engagement category applicants

If you are engaged to do or support a non-profit production, provide evidence:

  • your sponsor’s non-profit status is accepted by the Australian Taxation Office or a state or territory government agency, such as NSW Fair Trading
  • your sponsor meets their Australian taxation obligations

Supporter documents

If you have a supporter, provide:

  • a letter of invitation that includes an itinerary outlining the dates and venues of all performances
  • a written statement that they support any dependent family members you include in your application

You must also give proof that your supporter is:

  • an Australian organisation lawfully established and operating in Australia
  • an Australian Commonwealth, state or territory government organization
  • a foreign government agency operating in Australia
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident or qualified New Zealand citizen

Also give proof your supporter holds any licences they need to undertake the production.

Non-profit engagement category applicants

If you are busy to execute or support a non-profit production, provide evidence:

  • your supporter’s non-profit status is accepted by the Australian Taxation Office or a state or territory government agency, such as NSW Fair Trading
  • your supporter meets their Australian taxation obligations

Consultation with unions

If you are register fewer than one of the following categories, give evidence that your sponsor or supporter has consulted with the relevant union or unions before engaging you:

  • performing in a film or television production subsidised by government
  • performing in a film or television production not subsidised by government
  • performing other than in film or television
  • working as production staff
  • working as support staff for an entertainer or group of entertainers

Arts certificate

If you are performing in a film or television production, provide evidence that your sponsor or supporter has obtained an Arts certificate from the Department of Communications and the Arts,

Visa Application Charge concession documents

If your sponsor/supporter organisation is included by the Minister in a legislative instrument, you may be entitled for a Visa Application Charge concession. You will need to give verification that the administration is:

  • any registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
  • any foreign government agency, embassy or consulate
  • any state, territory or Commonwealth government agency; or
  • Another organisation that has been listed by name in the instrument as they are managing an event that receives significant government funding.

You will not receive a concession if you are also contracted to other organisations that are not listed in the instrument for other events during your stay.

We may not process your request if you ask for a concession but don’t give proof you are qualified for one.  

Financial documents

Show us you can support yourself and anyone who comes to Australia on the visa with you by providing:

  • an employment contract or bank statements, or
  • evidence of your financial position from your bank or financial institution

We can also consider allowances, lodgings and other help from your employer.

Character documents

We will tell you if and when you need to get a police certificate.

Tell us you are getting help

To nominate someone to:

  • receive your correspondence, use Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient 
  • provide immigration advice, use Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you but not provide immigration assistance, let us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you). Upload your written notification in ImmiAccount

See more about getting help with your application.

Partner documents

Provide your partner’s:

  • identity papers
  • character paers
  • marriage official document
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable

For de facto relationships provide either:

  • verification that your relationship is registered by an Australian State or Territory
  • sufficient documents to show you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months before you apply

For both married and de facto applicants you must provide evidence that you are in a authentic and continuing relationship. Evidence can include but is not limited to:

  • joint bank account statements
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show your partner has lived at the same address as you

Dependents under 18 documents

For every dependent 18 years old or younger who is applying with you, provide:

  • copy of birth certificates or the relatives book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children
  • copy of the adoption paper, if appropriate. 
Parental responsibility documents
You must get consent for any applicant under 18 years of age to migrate to Australia from anyone who:
  • has a legal right to decide where the child lives and
  • is not coming to Australia with the child
They must complete either:
  • Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years
  • a statutory statement giving their consent for the child to visit Australia on this visa
Alternatively, you can show us:
  • an Australian court order that allows your child to migrate to Australia, or
  • that the laws of your home country allow them to migrate
Include:
  • an identity paper that explain the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a passport or driver’s licence
  • adoption papers or other court documents if applicable
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Dependants over 18 documents
To include your child who is over 18 in your visa application, they must be:
  • over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or
  • over 23 years of age and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner
If your child is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence they are dependent on you due to disability. Provide:
  • identity documents
  • documents about their other relationships, if applicable
  • character documents
You must also provide proof the child is dependent on you.
  • proof of your relationship with the dependant such as a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • a completed Form 47a Details of a child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (307KB PDF)
  • proof of financial dependency such as bank statements, money transfers and rent receipts
  • if the child is aged 23 or is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you must also provide a report from a qualified medical practitioner that states they are dependent on you or your partner due to the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions
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Prepare your documents
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Translate
Have all non-English documents translated into English.
Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.
Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:
  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating
These details must be in English.
Note: You do not need to have any documents certified.
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Scan or photograph
Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in color.
The scans and photos must be clear.
If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.
Step 3
Apply for the visa
You must apply for this visa online. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply.
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Provide accurate information
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.
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Apply online
  1. Create or log in to ImmiAccount.
  2. Attach documents.
  3. Submit family applications together.
  4. Pay the application fee.
We will not process your application until you pay the fee.
You have to pay the fee and attach documents for all family members who apply.
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Step 4
After you apply
We will let you know when we have received your visa application. See what you can and must do after register.
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Status updates
We can’t give updates on applications within the standard processing time.
You can check if we need more information from you in ImmiAccount.
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Travel
If you’re in Australia, you do not need to tell us if you would like to travel outside Australia while we process your application. this is often because you’ll be outside Australia once we make a choice .
But if you allow Australia, confirm you’ve got a legitimate visa to return. Learn about visa expiry.
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Health exams
If you didn’t have health examinations before you applied, we will let you know if you need them. Check ImmiAccount.
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Biometrics
We may asked for biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.
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Attach more information
If you did not attach all documents when you applied, attach them as soon as possible in ImmiAccount.
We may also be ask you to give more details.
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Stay lawful
If you’re in Australia, confirm you stay lawful by holding a legitimate visa while we process your application. If you were in Australia once you applied for this visa, you’ll be granted: • a Bridging visa A (BVA) if you held a substantive visa once you applied • a Bridging visa C (BVC) if you probably did not hold a substantive visa once you applied If your current visa expires before we decide your application, the bridging visa will inherit effect. you’ll stay in Australia on the bridging visa while we process your visa application. you cannot re-enter Australia on a BVA or BVC – there’s no right of return on these visas and that they will cease on departure.
Learn more about visa expiry.
Check what conditions may register to your bridging visa or the visa you’ve got applied for with our condition checker.
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Add family
You can add members of the family unit to your application before we decide on your visa.
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Subsequent entrants
If we grant you the visa, your relatives may be able to register to connect you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant. you ought to declare any relations you would possibly wish to incorporate on your visa once you apply, albeit they do not decide to travel with you to Australia at that point .
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Newborn child
Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.
Mistakes on your application
Let us know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application.
Complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer and attach it in ImmiAccount.
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Help with your application
Let us know if you no longer want someone to:
  • receive your correspondence – complete Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient
  • provide immigration advice – complete Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance
  • act for you – let us know in writing by uploading your advice in ImmiAccount
See more about withdrawing your nomination.
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Tell us if things change
Tell us if things change after you submit your application but before we have made a decision.
Things you need to let us know about after you have applied include:
  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your matrimonial or de facto status
  • the birth of a child
  • you want to withdraw your visa form
See how to tell us if your situation changes.
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Step 5
Visa outcome
You can be in or outside Australia when we decide on your visa application. We will let you know our decision in writing.
If we grant your visa, we will tell you:
  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions, if applicable
Keep a copy of the decision.
If we refuse your visa, we will tell you:
  • why we refused the visa
  • whether you have a right to a review of the decision
We will not refund the application fee if we refuse your application.
Coming to Australia
Before you travel
Check your travel documents
You must have:
  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • a valid passport or other travel document
At the border
Completing an Incoming Passenger Card
All people arriving Australia must complete the Incoming Passenger Card. You will be given this card onboard.
Leaving the airport faster
We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.
In Australia
What you can do when you have this visa
  • work in the entertainment industry in Australia as a performer, production or support staff
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid
  • include members of the family unit in your application
To see your specific conditions and work entitlements use VEVO.
What you must do on this visa
You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.
See your conditions in VEVO.
Learn more about visa conditions and how they work.
Changes to your itinerary
You have to take written permission from the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs to make changes to the listing of functions, times and venues submitted with application.
Contact the Temporary Specialist Entry Centre to request changes to your itinerary, including adding new events, or changing times or venues at entertainment.visas@homeaffairs.gov.au.
Tell us if things change
Things you need to let us know about include:
  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child
See how to tell us if there is a change in your situation.
See how long you can stay
To see when you must leave, use VEVO.
Staying longer
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer.
See your options.
Travelling on your visa
You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
Time spent outside Australia does not extend the visa.
See your conditions in VEVO.
Proving you have a visa
To prove you have a visa and show your conditions to someone, use VEVO.
You can request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 – Request for international movement records (280KB PDF).
Working
To see your conditions for work, use VEVO.
If you have permission to work, you are protected by Australian workplace law. See your workplace rights and entitlements.
Bring family
Family members you declared on your visa application who did not apply for the visa with you might be eligible to apply for a subsequent entrant visa.
Apply for a subsequent entrant visa using the Temporary Activity, International Relations or Training Visa (Subsequent Entrant) (403,407,408) form in ImmiAccount.
Leaving Australia
Before you leave
Check your travel documents
You must have a valid passport or other travel document to leave Australia.
Ensure your visa is still valid.
See what to do if your visa has expired or is about to expire.
At the border
Departures SmartGate
We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.
After you leave
Getting your superannuation
You are likely to have some money in a superannuation fund if you worked in Australia and you are:
  • aged 18 years or older
  • paid AUD450 or more before tax in a month
See how to access your super.
Proving you have been to Australia
To prove you have been to Australia, request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records .
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