Information for people applying to employ OS workers in Australia
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 – Checklist and Payment Form
(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:
Tel: 1300 65 65 13
Following this consultation, all applications then need to be lodged with Department of Home Affairs
Please note that DHA processing times may be up to 5 weeks. Enquiries should be directed to the Entertainment Processing Centre:
All Film and Television Performer Applications will also have to apply to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Office for the Arts)
Enquiries should be directed to the Desk officer, Foreign Actor Certification Scheme:
Tel: +61 2 6271 1705
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*
Consultation fees are not charged for a reissued letter where the applicant has been previously approved and is requiring an extension or change to their current schedule or itinerary, for the production on which they were previously approved, and where no other circumstances of their engagement have changed.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our sector, this policy has been extended to include applicants who meet the above criteria, are currently offshore due to the pandemic, and need to reapply for the 408 visa to continue work on the previously approved production.
*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 Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication (Office for 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.