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All people visiting Australia, except Australian and New Zealand citizens, need a visa to visit Australia, regardless of the purpose of the visit.

Some nationalities are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)(Subclass 601) or an eVisitor (Subclass 651) online or through travel agents or airlines – see
http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/evisitor/eligibility.htm

Note that these online visas, whilst they allow tourism and business-related visits, do not permit work of any kind, no matter how short. All nationalities seeking to engage in a work-related activity, even for a few days, should read the information about the Temporary Work (Short Stay) Visa (Subclass 400).

For all other nationalities seeking to visit for tourism or business visitor activity, the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) is available. There are two streams for this visa that can be applied for outside Australia:


TOURIST STREAM

For people to visit Australia temporarily for a holiday, to visit relatives or friends or for other short-term non-work purposes, such as informal study for less than three months and for amateur sporting purposes.

Nationals of certain countries can now apply for this visa online – see: http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/600.htm

All other nationals must make a paper application (see below).


BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

For applicants seeking to engage in business visitor activities including:

attending meetings, conferences and seminars
business or contract negotiations
business exploration, job interviews, investment
undertaking professional examinations or attending job interviews
making general business or government enquiries
government visits

The Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) does not permit supplying goods or services, nor other work of any kind, other than the business activities indicated above. If your proposed activity involves working in Australia, even for a brief period, see the information about the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400).

Nationals of certain countries can now apply for this visa online – see: http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/600.htm

All other nationals must make a paper application (see below).

If you are not eligible to apply online for an ETA or eVisitor, or online for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600), a paper application for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) application may be lodged in Singapore at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). For more information, including eligibility requirements and the application checklists, please see the above tabs.

Domestic Helpers – Note that Domestic Helpers accompanying their employer on holiday to Australia are considered to be working, and should apply for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400).