This summary is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered an authoritative guide on how to obtain work authorization in Australia. The intent is to give the reader a general overview of the process only. Procedures and requirements may have changed since the writing of this article or may have been inaccurately characterized in it. For current and detailed information regarding the topics below, as well as documentary requirements, processing times, post-arrival and departure requirements, penalties for non-compliance, allowances for accompanying family members, and any other information pertaining to your specific needs, please contact your Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration professional.



Permitted Activities – Business visitors must generally limit their activities to the following:

  • attend a conference or training session,
  • to conduct business with an Australia-based organization,
  • to conduct business negotiations or
  • for an exploratory business visit


Business activities do not include acting, musical performances or commercial film making.

Type of Business Visas – The Visa type will depend on the nationality of the traveler. The following are examples of the types of business visa that are available to the business traveler.

1. ETA (Business Entrant) (Subclass 956 and 977) – Available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions.
2. eVisitor (subclass 651) – Available to passport holders from the European Union and a number of other European countries.
3. Business (Short Stay) (Subclass 456) visa – For business people who are not eligible to apply for an ETA or an eVisitor.
4. Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) (subclass 459) visa -For business people who have an approved sponsor in Australia.
5. APEC Business Travel Card – The APEC Business Travel Card streamlines travel for business people from participating economies in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region.

Basic Requirements –

1. Intention of a genuine visit for business and not for paid employment;
2. Good health and character;
3. Evidence that there are no restrictions on his or her traveling to Australia;
4. No intention to permanently reside in Australia;
5. A ticket for onward travel from Australia.

Estimated Processing Times – This varies by diplomatic post and country.

Maximum Time On Visa – This visa allows business people to make a short business visit to Australia for up to three (3) months during your visa validity period. Visas cannot be extended in country.

Typical Documents Required –
All travelers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) that includes a health and character declaration