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COVID-19 pandemic event visa

​​​On 2 March 2022, the Government announced new measures to enhance temporary visa settings to support Australia’s economic recovery.

These measures include changes to the COVID-19 Pandemic event (subclass 408) visa (Pandemic event visa). These changes will not affect undecided Pandemic event visa applications made before 21 February 2022.

If you apply for a Pandemic event visa on or after 21 February 2022, you may be eligible for the grant of this visa if you are:

  • a temporary substantive visa holder who was in Australia before 21 February 2022 and is working or intending to work in Australia
  • a temporary substantive visa holder who arrives in Australia on or after 21 February 2022 and has work rights on their substantive visa or has a job offer from a Commonwealth funded aged care service.

Applicants working or intending to work in key sectors of the economy (agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care, child care, and tourism and hospitality) may be granted a visa for 12 months. Applicants working or intending to work in any other sector may be granted a visa for 6 months.

At the time of application, you must:

  • have evidence from an employer of your employment or an offer of employment
  • hold a substantive visa that expires in 90 days or less, or that expired 28 days ago or less.

The grant of a Pandemic event visa on the grounds of being unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions is no longer available if you  apply on or after 21 February 2022.

If your visa is expiring o​r has expired and you are unable to depart Australia, you should contact the department to discuss your options. For more information see Your visa is expiring or has expired​.

For updates as they become available see​ Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) - ​Australian Government endorsed events (COVID-19 Pandemic event) .