When traveling to Australia, your nationality, and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require a work visa. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Australia, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
All foreign nationals are required to obtain the appropriate category of Business Visa in order to conduct ordinary business activities in Australia.
Nationals of New Zealand are eligible to obtain a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa on arrival.
Depending on nationality, other business visitors may apply for a Visitor (Subclass 600) Visa, Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Subclass 601) Visa, or eVisitor (Subclass 651) Visa before traveling to Australia. Please consult with your immigration counsel prior to travel to determine the appropriate category for your nationality.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Australian law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Australia, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for a work visa depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Australia. The most common work visas for Australia are:
While all nationalities are required to obtain a visa to enter Australia, New Zealand nationals are eligible for a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa upon arrival, which permits holders to work, study, and stay in Australia for an indefinite period of time.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.