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408 Temporary Activity Visa: Sport Stream

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What is a 408 Temporary Activity Visa: Sport Stream ?

The 408 Temporary Activity visa allows overseas sportspeople to temporarily live in Australia in order to work as an elite player, coach, instructor or adjudicator, or to participate in a full-time structured sports training programme. A visa for this type of activity is valid for a maximum of two years.

The minimum requirements for sportspeople applying for 408 Temporary Activity visa are as follows:

408 Sports stream visa requirements

For sportspeople who wish to play, coach, instruct, or adjudicate at an elite level in Australia, or to participate in a full-time structured sports training programme.


You must be sponsored by a sporting organisation IF:

  • you are in Australia when you lodge your application OR

  • you are outside Australia, and you intend to stay in Australia for more than 3 months

The organisation sponsoring your application must meet the sponsorship test, which requires it to be formally approved as a sponsor (see ‘Sponsorship Application’ on the following page), and to agree in writing to sponsor your visa application.

If you are outside Australia, and you intend to stay in Australia for 3 months or LESS, then you do not need to be sponsored for this visa. Instead, the sporting organisation must meet the ‘support test’, which requires it to supply a letter inviting you to participate in the relevant sporting activity.

The sporting organisation seeking to sponsor or support your application must:

  • be an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia OR an Australian government agency OR a foreign government agency operating in Australia
  • administer or promote sport or sporting events
  • if sponsoring or supporting you as a sports trainee:
  • have an international reputation for training elite sportspeople or adjudicators
  • NOT be a sporting club that primarily competes in sporting competitions below the national level for that sport

NOTE: In addition, there must not be any adverse information known that is relevant to its suitability as an approved sponsor or supporter. Adverse information includes (but is not limited to) contraventions of Commonwealth, State or Territory Laws relating to matters such as immigration, industrial relations or taxation; pending investigations or disciplinary actions; being the subject of administrative action for possible contravention of the law; insolvency; or having provided bogus documents or false/misleading information to the Department of Home Affairs (the DHA).

408 Sports stream visa requirements - visa applicant

Visa Applicant

As the visa applicant, you must:

  • if sponsored or supported as a sports trainee:

  • participate in a full-time structured sports training programme in Australia that is designed to achieve a high-performance outcome

  • be currently competing or adjudicating at the Australian national level (or equivalent) OR be endorsed by the relevant peak sporting body (in Australia or overseas) as having the potential to compete or adjudicate at the Australian national level

  • if sponsored or supported as an elite player, coach, instructor, or adjudicator:

  • have a contractual arrangement with the organisation that has invited you to participate in the relevant sporting activity

  • be endorsed by the relevant Australian national sporting body, which must attest that you have the ability to play, coach, instruct, or adjudicate at the national level

  • genuinely intend to undertake the relevant sporting activity

  • be able to support yourself financially during your stay in Australia

  • have made adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia

  • meet the relevant health and character requirements

Step 1: Consultation

The first step is to schedule a video consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents. During the consultation, we will assess  eligibility for this visa stream.

We offer convenient video consultations on any device.

We will send you a fixed fee quote following the consultation which breaks down the applicable fees for each step. 

We offer split fee payments to assist you financially during the preparation stages of your visa journey. 

Step 2:Sponsorship Application (If Applicable)

NOTE: This step is ONLY required if you are lodging your application in Australia OR if you are outside Australia and you intend to stay in Australia for more than 3 months.

If the sporting organisation is not already an approved sponsor, it must lodge a sponsorship application with the DHA.

As referred to below, your sponsor must be lawfully operating in Australia (if it is an Australian organisation) and must administer or promote sports or sporting events. If sponsoring you as a trainee, it must have an international reputation for sports training, and must not be a sports club that primarily competes below the national level. In addition, it must have the capacity to meet its obligations as a sponsor.

An approved sponsorship is valid for up to five years. During this time, the sporting organisation is able to sponsor overseas sportspeople for Temporary Activity visas.


Sporting organisations that sponsor sportspeople for Temporary Activity visas must comply with certain obligations imposed by the DHA. These obligations are designed to protect overseas people from exploitation, and to ensure that the visa program is used correctly.

In particular, please note that after being approved as a sponsor, an organisation must not attempt to recover any of the costs associated with applying for sponsorship (including migration agent costs), or any costs directly associated with your recruitment. It must also ensure that you participate in the activity for which you were sponsored.

Please contact our office for further information, including a full list of sponsorship obligations.

Step 3: Visa Application

Sponsorship required

If your visa application is sponsored, your visa application will be lodged with the DHA either at the same time as the sponsorship application, or after the lodgement of that application.

In order for your visa application to be approved, you must meet the relevant criteria as referred to above, and the sporting organisation must pass the ‘sponsorship test’. This means it must be approved as a sponsor and agree to sponsor you in writing.

Once your application has been approved, you will be granted a temporary visa that is valid for the required period (up to two years).

No sponsorship required

If your visa application does not require sponsorship, then you must meet the relevant criteria referred to on the preceding page, and the sporting organisation must pass the ‘support test’. This means it must provide a letter inviting you to participate in the relevant sporting activity.

In addition, the DHA must be satisfied that it lawfully operates in Australia (if it is an Australian organisation) and administers or promote sports or sporting events. In addition, if sponsoring you as a sports trainee it must have an international reputation for sports training and must not be a sports club that primarily competes below the national level.

Once your application has been approved, you will be granted a temporary visa that allows you to travel to Australia for the required period (up to three months).

PLEASE NOTE: We estimate that it may take several weeks to prepare and lodge your application, with the time taken largely dependent on how promptly you (and your sponsor/supporter) provide us with the necessary information and documents.

The time that it takes the DHA to process your application is dependent upon its processing time service standards, and may also vary due to a number of other factors, including the complexity of your case, perceived risk factors and processing priorities. Please contact us for current information regarding likely processing timeframes for this type of application

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