The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced a change in the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) where visa applicants may apply for a stay period of up to six months upon first entry. A strong business case is required when applying for stays longer than three months. Factors to be considered for the grant of stays longer than three months include:
· satisfying Australian workplace standards and not adversely affecting Australian workers
· details about the project and potential adverse effects to the Australian community and people should the project fails to be implemented
· evidence that there are local shortages of specialised skills possessed by the applicant
· inability and difficulties faced by the employer in hiring Australians to fulfil a contracted work
· number of Australians employed by the business or project
· time available to train an Australian to implement and complete the proposed work or project over a longer timeframe
The time given to enter Australia upon visa grant is now six months.