Coming to Australia: Visas and Immigration

There is a wide range of Australian business visas for investors looking to set up a business in Australia and for employer-sponsored workers.

Regulatory arrangements can change from time-to-time. Potential investors and workers should review the information provided in the website links below to obtain current information.

Visas for business people

There are a number of visa options for people seeking to conduct short business visits, establish a business in Australia, manage a new or existing business, or invest in Australia.

For further information see the Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Business People - Visa Options.

Visas for employer-sponsored workers

The Australian Government provides visas for businesses to sponsor and employ skilled workers who have recognised qualifications and skills or experience in particular occupations required in Australia.

For further information see the Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Employer Sponsored Workers.

Employer-sponsored labour agreements

Where an employer seeks to employ overseas workers for occupations that are not on the list of approved occupations for regular business visas, and a genuine skills shortage exists, there is an option for the employer to establish a formal labour agreement with the Australian Government.

Employer-sponsored labour agreements are directly negotiated with Australian Government agencies.

For further information see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: Labour Agreements.

Significant and Premium Investor Visas

The new complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and introduction of the Premium Investor Visa (PIV) are aimed at attracting applicants with business and entrepreneurial skills and capital to invest into innovative Australian businesses and the commercialisation of Australian ideas, research and development.

Significant and Premium Investor Visa Programs

Compare visa options

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship provides a number of summary tables showing the key aspects and differences between visa types.

To access the tables, see the Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Visa Options Comparison Charts.