Visa to Work in Australia

Visa to Work in Australia

visa to work in australia

If you want to spend time to work in Australia, you will need a proper visa to work in Australia which provides you adequate working rights. Depending on how long you want to stay in Australia, there are different visa options you can consider. Please note, it is likely that your occupation will need to be on the Skilled Occupation List.

In this article, we will introduce a list of visas that will allow you to work in Australia.


Subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa

Subclass 417 visa is a temporary visa for young people between 18 to 30 years old (except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18-35) who want to holiday and work in Australia. This temporary visa aims to encourage cultural exchange between Australia and eligible countries. The countries include Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther Ireland.

Subclass 462 Working Holiday Visa

Subclass 462 visa is for people with passports from Argentina, Austria, Chile, China People’s Republic of, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Uruguay, United States of America and Vietnam.’

In order to apply for this visa, the applicant needs to meet the education requirements, provide a letter of support from the government of origin (except the U.S.) and evidence of functional English.

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa

Subclass 408 visa allows people to come to Australia to conduct specific types of work on a short-term temporary basis. This visa includes the following types:

  • Australian Government Endorsed Events
  • Special Program
  • Religious Work
  • Research Activities
  • Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity (invited participants)
  • Sporting Activities
  • Entertainment Activities
  • Superyacht Crew
  • Exchange Arrangements
  • Domestic Work for Executives

Subclass 407 Training Visa

Subclass 407 visa allows people to take part in workplace-based occupational training activities to improve their skills for their jobs, area of tertiary study, field of expertise or in a professional development training program in Australia.

Subclass 476 Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa

Subclass 476 visa allows recent engineering graduates to live, work or study in Australia for up to 18 months. The applicants must complete a degree or higher qualification from specified institutions within the past 2 years and be under 31 years of age.

Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa

Subclass 485 visa allows international students to live, study and work after finishing their studies.

Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Subclass 482 visa allows employers sponsor suitably skilled overseas workers to fill positions they can’t find suitably skilled Australian to fill. This visa includes the following types:

  • Short-term Stream
  • Medium-term Stream
  • Labour Agreement Stream

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Visa

Subclass 186 visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by their employers to live and work in Australia permanently.

Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa

Subclass 190 visa allows nominated skilled workers to live and work in Australia permanently.

Subclass 858 Global Talent Visa

Subclass 858 visa allows people with internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field to live in Australia permanently.

Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 491 visa allows skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government to live, work and study in regional Australia up to 5 years. After holding this visa for 3 years, the eligible applicants will be able to apply for permanent residency via Subclass 191, which will become active on 16 November 2022.

Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 494 visa allows regional employers to address identified labour shortages within their region by sponsoring skilled workers where employers can’t source appropriately skilled Australian workers.

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa

Subclass 189 visa allows invited workers with skills Australia needs to live and work permanently in Australia. This visa includes the following types:

Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa

Subclass 403 visa is a temporary visa that allows people to work in specific circumstances that improve Australia’s international relations. This visa includes the following types:

  • Government Agreement Stream
  • Foreign Government Agency Stream
  • Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) Stream
  • Privileges and Immunities Stream
  • Seasonal Worker Program Stream
  • Pacific Labour Scheme Stream

If you are interested in working in Australia, please book a consultation with Ausdirect Migration today and our immigration experts will guide you along the journey.

Subclass 500 Student Visa

In most cases, the main subclass 500 visa holder is subjected to condition 8105, which allows the visa holder to work for 40 hours per fortnight during semester and full-time during semester break. However, if you are studying a Masters by Research or a PhD, you can work unlimited hours, regardless in semester or semester break.

Please note the Australian Government has announced temporary relaxation of 40-hour per fortnight work restriction for student visa holders if meet one of the following criteria:

  • Employed by an aged care approved provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020
  • Employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provide before 23 April 2020
  • Enrolled in a health care related course and are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
  • Employed in the agriculture sector
  • Employed in the tourism and hospitality sector
  • Employed in a supermarket, or associated distribution facility, located in an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restriction for the duration of the lockdown

However, the student must maintain course enrolment and ensure satisfactory course attendance and course progress.

Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa

Subclass 188 visa allows the people to own and manage business in Australia, conduct business and investment activity or undertaken an entrepreneurial activity in Australia. This visa includes the following types:

Subclass 888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa

Subclass 888 visa allows entrepreneurs, investors and business owners to continue their activities in Australia. This visa includes the following types:

Subclass 444 Special Category Visa

Subclass 444 visa is a temporary visa that allows eligible New Zealanders to visit, study, stay and work in Australia.


Ausdirect Migration for Visa to Work in Australia

Our team at Ausdirect Migration is extremely experienced in managing migration programs in relation to work visas for Australia. We look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to assisting your journey to Australia.

Contact Ausdirect Migration today to tailor the best suitable option(s) for your migration, and we will assist you in navigating every step of the process during the journey.