Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa – Subclass 403
What is this Visa?
The Temporary Work (International Relations) visa – subclass 403 is intended to facilitate the entry of persons to work or undertake an activity in Australia that serves Australia’s international relations interests, including:
persons entering under a bilateral government agreement between Australia and another country
representatives of foreign government agencies without official status in Australia
foreign language teachers who are to be employed in Australia by their government
domestic workers to be employed in a private capacity in Australia by diplomatic or consular representatives and certain representatives of international organisations
persons accorded privileges and immunities under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995
persons participating in the Seasonal Worker Program working in agricultural and accommodation industries in Australia and
persons participating in the Pacific Labour Scheme, working in low and semi-skilled non-seasonal work in rural and regional Australia.
The subclass 403 visa comprises 6 streams:
+What is Stream 1 — Government Agreement
The Government Agreement stream provides for the entry of persons who satisfy the terms and conditions of a certain bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth (or an Australian State/Territory government) and the government of another country. The agreement should be at least in part about facilitating the temporary entry of persons to Australia.
+ What is Stream 2 — Foreign Government Agency
The Foreign Government Agency stream provides for the entry of representatives of foreign government agencies who will not be given official status in Australia by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and foreign language teachers who are to be employed in Australia by a foreign government as a language teacher in an Australian school.
+ What is Stream 3 — Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular)
The Domestic Worker stream provides for the entry of domestic workers who will be employed in a private capacity by diplomatic or consular representatives or representatives of certain international organisations (Diplomatic visa (subclass 995) holders posted to Australia who have been officially accredited by DFAT. These include, for example, United Nations (UN) bodies and other international bodies recognised by Australia. Applicants must have the approval of DFAT. This stream does not allow secondary applicants. Service staff (for example drivers, cooks, cleaners and gardeners) employed by the diplomatic or consular missions or an office of an international organisation should apply for the Diplomatic (TF995) visa.
+ What is Stream 4 — Privileges and Immunities
The Privileges and Immunities stream provides for the entry of persons:
- to whom privileges and immunities have been or will be accorded under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995 and
- whom the Australian Foreign Minister has recommended in writing should be granted a visa.
These persons typically include representatives of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Trade and Economic Office and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office but may include others.
+ What is Stream 5 — Seasonal Worker Program (SWP)
The Seasonal Worker Program provides for the entry of persons under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Government and the governments of participating countries to work in agricultural and accommodation industries in Australia.
The main objective of the Seasonal Worker Program is for seasonal workers to contribute to the economic development of their home country through skills transfers and remittances, while assisting Australian employers in selected industries who cannot source local labour. This program is limited to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The leading agency for the Seasonal Worker Program is the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB). This stream does not allow secondary applicants.
+ What is Stream 6 — Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS)
The Pacific Labour Scheme provides for the entry of persons under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Australian Government and the governments of participating countries in the Pacific to work in non-seasonal low and semi skilled occupations in rural and regional Australia. The Pacific Labour Scheme supports Australia’s commitment to ‘step up’ our engagement in the Pacific strengthening the region’s economic resilience by increasing opportunities for labour mobility and to satisfy unmet demand in the Australian labour market. The Pacific Labour Scheme will:
- focus on sectors in Australia with projected job growth which match Pacific island skill sets;
- be employer-sponsored and require labour market testing to ensure Australians have priority for local jobs; and
- contain protections to safeguard against worker exploitation.
DFAT is the lead agency for the Pacific Labour Scheme, and all visa holders and employers require DFAT endorsement in order to participate in the Pacific Labour Scheme.
This stream does not allow secondary applicants.