Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Applications

Information for people applying to employ OS workers in Australia


Sponsoring an overseas person to undertake employment in the Australian entertainment industry

All overseas performers and personnel seeking to work in Australia must apply for and be granted a Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408). The Migration Regulations require the Australian sponsor to consult with the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) in relation to the following categories of performer or related personnel:


FILM, TELEVISION, OR ONLINE PRODUCTIONS & BROADCASTS
(all performers, technical personnel, and support staff associated with a recorded or broadcast production: film, television, documentary, sports, TV commercial or online)

Download – Film Television Online Productions Information

Download – Checklist and Payment Form


LIVE PRODUCTIONS
(all performers, personnel, and support staff associated with a live or stage production: concert, club, theatre, dance, opera, cabaret, cultural or variety)

Download – Live Productions Information

Download – Checklist and Payment Form


Consultation must take place first with MEAA

MEAA has 5 days to provide a letter of consultation once it has received a completed application. Enquiries and consultation lodgement should be directed to the National Imports Officer:

Email: imports@meaa.org
Tel: +61 7 3846 0044

Following this consultation, all applications then need to be lodged with Department of Home Affairs

Please note that DOHA processing times may be up to 5 weeks. Enquiries should be directed to the Entertainment Processing Centre:

Email: entertainment.visas@homeaffairs.gov.au

All Film and Television Performer Applications will also have to apply to the Department of Communication and the Arts

Enquiries should be directed to the Desk officer, Foreign Actor Certification Scheme:

Tel: +61 2 6271 1705
Email: foreignactors@arts.gov.au


Consultation Fee for the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
Applications for union non-objection letters are subject to a consultation fee and payment details must be submitted as part of your application.

Should your application be endorsed by MEAA, you will be charged at the per person rate shown below (inclusive of GST):

Live Performers – $165.00 p.p.
Live Personnel – $110.00 p.p.

Film and TV On-screen – $550.00 p.p.
Film and TV Off-screen – $302.50 p.p.

Executive Producers/Producers/Personal Managers/Agents  – Not applicable*

*The consultation fee for Executive Producers and Producers is not applicable for independent producers (entrepreneur producers) who are not employed directly by a production company (employee producers) and who also have no other identified role on a production. Associate, Co-ordinating, Supervising, Assistant, Line, Segment, and Story Producers and documentary/commercial Producer/Directors are required to pay the consultation fee.


 

Confidentiality and Privacy
The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) is bound by the Privacy Act, and we recognize and respect your privacy. Information requested by MEAA is treated in the strictest confidence and is requested only to the extent necessary for MEAA to provide advice to the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Communication and the Arts, in accordance with the provisions of the Migration Regulations in respect of applications for Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408). You can inspect the MEAA Privacy Statement at http://www.meaa.org/privacy-policy, or by contacting the MEAA office.