March 2013 Newsletter – Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) Visa

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Benson Shi

This visa is designed for foreign workers in the entertainment industry who wish to come to Australia to enhance our cultural appreciation for the arts.

On the 24th November, the previous Media and Film Staff (Subclass 423) visa was changed into the Temporary Work (Entertainment) (Subclass 420) visa. The applicant’s proposed role must be classified into one of the following categories:

  1. Performer in a film or television production
  2. Performance in productions not related to film or television
  3. Production role other than a performer
  4. Support staff
    1. This includes performing support staff and non-performing personnel such as acting/singing coaches, hairdressers, dressers and make-up artists.

The application process for this visa is in three stages:

  1. Sponsorship
  2. Nomination
  3. Visa Application

Briefly, the process for applying for this visa is outlined below.


Potential sponsors must show firstly, that they have the requisite licences necessary for the work to which the visa applicant is nominated for. The sponsor is also required to consult the relevant Australian union as to the employment or engagement of the visa applicant in Australia. Evidence of consultation must be provided in the sponsorship application. Further, the sponsor must show how the engagement of the visa applicant will assist in developing the entertainment industry in Australia.


The nomination application identifies the position to be filled, the skills and experience required for the position and the person who has been nominated to fill the position.

Visa Application

The visa applicant must be financially capable of supporting themselves during their stay in Australia. As well as this, the applicant must meet health and character requirements as set out by DIAC and have adequate health insurance covering the term of their stay.

For further information regarding Visas as well as any general immigration queries, please feel free to contact Immigration Solutions Lawyers at (02) 9264 6432.

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