It lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.
The visa has two streams:
If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.
The qualification must either:
Information about recent changes is available. See
summary of 18 March 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations.
15 May 2018 (for month ending
30 April 2018)
Processing times vary.
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
You must hold an
eligible visa to apply for this visa as the primary applicant.
Your visa application must include evidence that you have
met the English language requirement.
In the six months before you apply, you must meet the
Australian study requirement.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The health examinations required depend on your personal circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
This applies to you and any family members included in your application. You can find out whether you need to undergo health examinations, and arrange them where required, by using our
My Health Declarations service.
This also applies to all your family members included in the application who are 16 years of age or older.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
This also applies to all family members listed in your application that intend to accompany you to Australia.
You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a
reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
You must have
adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare.
If you do not have adequate private health insurance, your visa application could be refused or your visa could be cancelled. Obtaining health insurance does not guarantee that your visa application will be granted.
The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa is for international students who have recently graduated with skills and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation identified as being in need in the medium to long term in the Australian labour market.
The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.
This visa allows you and your family to stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. While in Australia, you can:
It is important to note that it is your responsibility to seek your own employment. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment.
There are many organisations that provide information to job seekers, including through the Australian government's
Note: The Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa is exempt from the 'Subsequent Temporary Application Charge'.
Family members who are added after a visa has been granted must pay the full visa application charge.
Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.
Visa pricing estimator
Note: The estimator does not calculate extra costs.
Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.
The length of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) depends on the stream that you applied in. If your family joins you in Australia on this visa, their visas will be valid while your visa is valid.
Graduate Work stream
This visa is valid for 18 months from the date it is granted.
Post-Study Work stream
This visa lasts for two to four years, depending on the highest qualification you used to apply for this visa:
Including a family member to your application
Members of your family unit who are added after a visa has been granted must provide the documents listed under 'Personal documents' on the Applicant documents page
Members of your family unit who are added after a visa has been granted must pay the full visa application charge.
Note: The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) is exempt from the 'Subsequent Temporary Application Charge'
Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.
Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.
Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a
Bridging visa A, you can apply for
Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
If you have a 'No further stay' condition (8534 or 8503) attached to your visa, you can apply for this visa using paper
Form 1409 - (635KB PDF), which includes an application to have the 'No further stay' condition waived.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of
You might be able to update your passport details using
Additional documents for Graduate Work stream applicants
You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when you apply and when a decision on the application is made.
You and anyone else included in your application who have turned 18 at the time of application, must sign an
Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must read, or had explained to you, the
Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You can apply for this visa online using:
Provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.
You must upload all your documents using
ImmiAccount. Do not send copies of documents as attachments by email, fax, mail or any other way.
To apply by post or courier, use the following form:
Form 1409 - Application for a Temporary Graduate visa(635KB PDF).
Post (with the correct pre-paid postage):
SA Temporary Graduate Processing Centre Department of Home Affairs GPO Box 2399 Adelaide SA 5001.
Courier SA Temporary Graduate Processing Centre Department of Home Affairs 4th Floor, 70 Franklin Street Adelaide SA 5000.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged the application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
You can track and manage your application using your
Note: If you submitted a paper application you can import your application into
We have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a
Bridging visa A, you can apply for
Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia.
When your application is assessed, we might ask you to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.
Instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority are available at:
Character requirements – How to obtain police certificates.
We could also ask you for more information. You must respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
You might be able to provide additional information, including Form 1023, using
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
You can use the following forms:
You might be able to update your address and passport details using
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
You can scan your signed withdrawal letter and email it to your case officer. If you haven’t been contacted by a case officer yet, contact