This visa lets you come to Australia if you are invited to participate in a community-based event, including sporting events. You and your family who travel on the visa with you can stay here for up to 3 months.
– Be invited to take part in the event
– Have a sponsor or supporter
With this visa
– Take part in a community-based event for a cultural or social activity such as a sporting, religious, artistic or academic event, or a conference
– Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid
– Include members of the family unit in your visa application
Examples of cultural or social events
You might be:
– An individual sportsperson or member of a sports team, or team support staff such as a manager, medic, coach, referee or official. But you are not eligible for this stream if you have been contracted to play for or coach an Australian team
– A minister conducting religious services or taking part in other religious activities as the guest of an Australian religious institution
– Working at a religious event
– An academic invited by a tertiary academic institution to lecture, hold workshops or take part in research
– A public speaker or lecturer
– Speaking, presenting or lecturing at a trade fair, expo, exhibition, conference, workshop or seminar
– An entertainer attending specific promotional events, but not performing
– An artist making visual art or exhibiting your work
– An author, presenting your work to an audience at a writers festival
– A choreographer conducting a dance workshop that includes an unticketed closing performance
If you are a competitor in a non-sporting competition such as a dance competition, music competition, online gaming competition or student competition, you might also consider a Visitor visa.
Other visa options
Depending on your reasons for travel, another stream of this visa or a different visa might be more suitable.
The Entertainment stream must be used if you are:
– An entertainer or performer working in the Australian Entertainment industry
– Production crew for a competition being filmed in Australia
– A journalist or other media personnel covering an event for an Australian audience
The Sports stream might be more suitable if you are:
– A sportsperson contracted to play for or coach an Australian sporting team
– A sports trainee taking part in a high-level structured sports training program of more than 3 months
The Religious Work stream might be better for you if you are doing full-time religious work.
The Research stream might be better for you if you are invited by a tertiary academic institution to take part in research for more than 3 months.
The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa might be more suitable if you are:
– A journalist or other media covering an event, where coverage is not intended for an Australian audience
– Someone else working at the event,such as a project manager or specialised construction worker
A Visitor visa might be more suitable if you are:
– Attending or taking part in a trade fair, expo, exhibition, religious or cultural event, conference, workshop or seminar, but you are not entertaining or being paid to contribute
– an amateur sportsperson training or taking part in a recreational match
– an unpaid volunteer supporting an amateur sportsperson or team
How long you can stay
This is a temporary visa. The Home Affairs grant the length of stay based on the activity they approve you to do on the visa.
The maximum stay for this visa stream is 3 months.
The visa is granted with multiple entry. You can leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
If you are overseas when the visa is granted, the visa stay period starts on the day that you enter Australia. If you are in Australia, the visa starts on the day that it is granted.
Your visa grant letter will tell you how long you can stay.
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. Explore your visa options.
– Include members of the family unit in your application when you apply, or
– Add family members to your application at any time before the Home Affairs make a decision
Family members who apply for the visa with you must also meet the health and character requirements.
If the Home Affairs grant you the visa, your family members might be able to apply to join you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant.
The visa costs AUD310 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each family member 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.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when the Home Affairs decide on your application.
Your application might take longer to process if:
– You don’t fill it in correctly
– You don’t include all the documents the Home Affairs need, or they need more information from you
– It takes time to verify your information
The Home Affairs can’t process your application if you don’t pay the correct visa application charge. They will let you know if this is the case.
You and your family must meet all visa conditions and follow Australian laws.
Your activities must not harm the work, training or job conditions of Australian citizens or permanent residents.
If your sponsor, supporting organisation or individual stops your activity or employment, you must either:
– Apply for a new visa if eligible, or
– Leave Australia within 28 days of stopping work for your sponsor or supporter, or before your visa expires if that happens sooner
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.
The Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
If the Home Affairs grant you a visa, they will send you a grant notification letter containing the visa grant number. You can use this number to access your digital visa record.
Be invited to take part in a social or cultural community activity
You must be invited to travel to Australia temporarily by an Australian organisation to take part in a social or cultural activity associated with a community-based event.
Have a supporter or sponsor
You need a supporter
You don’t need a sponsor to apply for this visa if you:
– Apply outside Australia, and
– Intend to stay for less then 3 months
You must have a supporter to apply for this visa.
You need a sponsor
You need a sponsor to apply for this visa if you in apply in Australia.
Be able to support yourself and any dependants
You must have access to enough money during your stay in Australia to support yourself and any dependent family members who travel with you.
Meet health requirement
You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health requirement.
Meet character requirement
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet the character requirement.
Have adequate health insurance
You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Medical insurance helps limit your financial 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 necessary treatment, including transport.
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 the temporary visa program to maintain ongoing residency in Australia.
The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement helps the Home Affairs to make sure that you use temporary visas correctly.
The Home Affairs generally do not let temporary residents extend their stay in Australia beyond 4 years by applying for this visa.
The Home Affairs must be satisfied that you have a genuine intention to stay here temporarily.
When assessing your application, they will consider:
– Your situation
– Your immigration history
– Compliance with visa conditions
– If you are under 18 years old, the intention of your parent, legal guardian or partner
– Any other relevant matter
Have paid back debt to the Australian Government
If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.
Sign the Australian values statement
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must acknowledge the Australian values statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you apply for the visa.
Declare you have not paid for visa sponsorship
You must declare whether you have ever engaged in conduct that could constitute a breach of the prohibition on paying for visa sponsorship when you apply for the visa.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.