• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 22/10/2012

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Changes to temporary work visas 

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to make further changes to temporary work visas to take effect for all visa applications lodged on or after 24 November 2012.

This amendment is in line with the Government’s ongoing commitment to a reduction of temporary work visas by 50 percent by the end of 2012 and an overall reduction of 50 percent in the number of all visa subclasses by the end of 2015.


The change will see the introduction of 3 new temporary work visas subclasses to replace an existing 9 visa subclasses currently in place. This Migration Newsflash outlines the new visa subclasses.

Importantly, businesses that are already approved sponsors prior to 24 November 2012 under any of the existing streams that the new visas will replace, will not need to apply for a new sponsorship provided this is otherwise still in effect.


Key insights

  • The Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay) Activity visa will replace the Exchange, Sport and Religious Worker visas currently in place.
  • The Subclass 402 Training and Research visa will replace the Occupational Trainee, Visiting Academic and Professional Development visas.
  • The Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa will replace the Government Agreement, Foreign Government Agency and Domestic Worker visas.