The Australian government has introduced a range of changes to the visa requirements for productions wishing to shoot in Australia.
From 19 November 2016, the following visas are closed to new applications:
- Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa.
- Subclass 402 Training and Research visa.
- Subclass 416 Special Program visa .
- Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (That’s the production visa).
- Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa.
The New Visa
There will be new visa subclasses introduced from 19 November 2016:
- Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.
The 408 is the visa that is relevant for film and television and other entertainment productions. The new framework is designed to make applying for a temporary visa smoother. It is claimed to reduce red tape for business, industry and individuals by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities.
The new 408 visa is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to work in the entertainment industry. It covers on camera performers and all crew.
Paper applications will no longer be required. All applications will be via an online portal.
There will be a new requirement for applicants to have a ‘PROPOSER” for productions of less than three months. You will still need a Sponsor for projects lasting more than three months or if you are applying from within Australia. We are an accredited Sponsor and can support your project in either case.
Intomedia is happy to consider being your Proposer.
The Proposer still responsible for recommending clients who are of good standing, but the Proposer no longer carry financial responsibility or legal responsibility for compliance with Australian labour laws in the way that applies to the Sponsor.