The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Australia. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings or discussions
  • Contract-related activities
  • Attending a conference, trade fair or seminar as an unpaid participant

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • Passport valid for at least six months from date of visa application
  • Documents verifying purpose of trip, including an invitation letter from the inviting business
  • Proof of sufficient funds abroad (such as bank statements or credit card limits)

Maximum Period Stay

Business visitor visas may be valid for entry for up to 12 months. A maximum stay of three months at a time is allowed. Multiple entries of up to three months are allowed within the visa's 12-month validity period.

Work Permit Types

The most common work visa types in Australia are the Temporary Skills Shortage (Subclass 482) Visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Subclass 400) Visa.

Maximum Period Stay

The subclass 400 visa may be issued for 3-6 months, while the Subclass 482 visa may be issued for 2-4 years, depending on the stream used.