Australia is a nation that loves sport. Sport has helped shape our national identity and has an elevated place in Australia’s official and popular culture. Australia, with a reputation as a ‘paradise of sport’ welcomes hundreds of sports people and officials each year. Whether you are a rugby union player from the United Kingdom or a netball coach from Uganda, Australia has visas to suite your situation.
There are different visas to choose from depending on what you plan to do during your sporting visit to Australia.
Visa Subclass 600
Are you visiting Australia to attend business meetings, participate in conferences, trade fairs or seminars related to your sporting activities? The Visitor Visa Subclass 600 – Business Stream may be appropriate for you. This visa is also suitable if you intend to visit Australia to undertake duties as part of an official government-to-government visit.
If you are intending to come to Australia for less than three months to undertake limited sports training then you may qualify for the Visitor Visa Subclass 600 – Tourist Stream. The Tourist Stream Visitor visa permits you to undertake study/training for up to three months.
Depending on your country of citizenship and the purpose of your visit, the eVisitor Subclass 651 or an ETA Subclass 601 are the other visitor visa options you may use to enter Australia.
Holders of a Visitor visa are not permitted to perform paid work in Australia. Visitors are restricted to recreational, training or business activities (as outlined above).
Visa Subclass 400
If you have been invited to participate in a sporting event to be held in Australia, you may be eligible for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa Subclass 400 – Invited Participants.
Your participation in the sporting event must be short term and non-ongoing and the inviting organisation must be operating lawfully in Australia and be directly responsible for the event or have a formal role in preparing or conducting it.
As an invited participant, you cannot accept any salary, wages or other remuneration, apart from:
- appearance fees
- prize money
- reimbursement for your reasonable expenses of doing the activity
- payments from your overseas employer.
The Subclass 400 visa will generally be approved for 12 months with a total stay period of no more than three months at a time. This means that you can enter Australia multiple times over the 12 months to participate in events for maximum period of three months on each entry.
Visa Subclass 401
If you are coming to Australia to:
- participate in a specific event or series of events as an individual or as part of a team or its support staff;
- play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season under contract;
- judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.
The Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) Visa Subclass 401 – Sports Stream is for you. The Subclass 401 visa is a multiple entry visa, with a maximum stay period of two years. During your stay in Australia, you may perform the work or participate in the sporting activity specified in the application. The visa permits you to bring eligible family members with you to Australia.
The Subclass 401 visa requires you to be sponsored by a sporting organisation that has been approved as a long stay activity sponsor and the requirements for the visa will depend on the sporting activity you intend to engage in.
Whether you’re a Player, Team Official, Umpire or Official delegate; Expat International can get you off the bench and onto the field. Contact our professional visa team today to discover how Expat can keep you playing the game.
The Australian government have announced that there will be no Visa Application Charge (VAC) for participants of the 2015 Netball World Cup. The Netball World Cup will run from the 7th to the 16th of August. The VAC free subclasses are Subclass 400 and Subclass 600.