Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) - Exchange Arrangements offers

Skill exchange

Enhance professional development.

Temporary stay

Up to 2 years' visit.

Work rights

Employment under exchange agreement.

Cultural exchange

Experience Australian lifestyle.

Multiple entries

Frequent entry, exit flexibility.


Connect with industry professionals.

Professional growth

Advance career prospects.

Personal growth

Develop independence, adaptability.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) – Exchange Arrangements, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have the skills and experience to exchange jobs with an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Intend to work in a skilled position as part of a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement with an eligible organisation in Australia
  • Have a sponsor or a supporter, depending on your circumstances
  • Benefit from the exchange arrangement, as it must be beneficial for both you and the Australian citizen or permanent resident taking part
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant with a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  • Have enough money to support yourself and any dependent family members who travel to Australia with you
  • Meet our health and character requirements
  • Have adequate health insurance for the whole of your stay in Australia
  • Have paid back any debt to the Australian Government
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Declare that you have not paid for visa sponsorship
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

Application Process

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Sponsor or Supporter

You need a sponsor who is a temporary activities sponsor to apply for this visa if you apply in Australia or outside Australia and intend to stay for more than 3 months in Australia. However, if you apply outside Australia and intend to stay in Australia for less than 3 months, you don’t need a sponsor but must have a supporter who passes the support test.

Reciprocal Staff Exchange

You must intend to work in a skilled position as part of a reciprocal staff exchange arrangement with an eligible organisation in Australia. There must be a written agreement between your organisation and the organisation in Australia that sets out the staff in Australia and overseas who will take part in the exchange, the skilled positions to be filled by the participants, and how long the exchange will last. You must have the necessary skills and/or experience to perform the skilled position set out in the exchange agreement, and the exchange arrangement must benefit both you and the Australian citizen or permanent resident taking part.

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