Attending a Conference?
The correct visa subclass you should apply for will depend on your role in the conferences. For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend an event, you should determine which visa you should apply for, making sure that the visa allows for the purpose of visit to Australia. For example:
Participants – if you are an attendee of an event - that is: you will not be working, performing or otherwise being paid to contribute the Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Business Stream) is appropriate.
Contributors – if you are a involved in the delivery of the conference such as a speaker/ presenter, including if you are not being paid, the Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa (invited participant stream) must be applied for. Sponsorship is not required for Subclass 408 applicants for a stay of less than three months and a valid invitation has been provided.
Working at– if you are otherwise working at the event in a highly specialised role - such as project manager; site supervisor; or other highly specialised worker the Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) is appropriate.
For more information on please refer to: Visa Options for Business Conferences Fact Sheet.