Visa Options

There are many visa options available for visiting Australia. This information is a general guide to the most common visa options for those travelling to Australia to participate in a sporting event.

The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your intended length of stay in Australia and your role in the event.

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders, who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

More general visa information is available on the Department of Immigration’s website.

Competitors (amateur sports people) and volunteer support staff

An amateur sports person is defined as a person who competes mainly on a recreational basis and does not derive an income from their sport. There are a number of visa options for an amateur sports people and volunteer support staff whose usual occupation is unrelated to the sporting activity. Depending on your eligibility, amateur sports people and volunteer support staff may be able to apply for one of the following visas:

  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa (Subclass 601)
  • eVisitor visa (Subclass 651)
  • Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600)

Professional support staff

Professional support staff such as coaches, trainers, team officials, team managers, sports coordinators, score bench officials, referees and time keepers should apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400).

Spectators

There are a number of visa options for spectators attending the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth. Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to apply for one of the following visas:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa (Subclass 601)
  • eVisitor visa (Subclass 651)
  • Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600)

Visa Types

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400)

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400) is appropriate for amateur sports people and their support staff, who have been invited by an Australian organisation to participate in an event/s for up to three months. Sports people are permitted to receive prize money for participation in their events. A strong business case is required for longer stays of up to six months.

Note: The Subclass 400 visa is not appropriate for contracted players competing in a seasonal sport competition for an Australian team at a regional club level.

Competitors (amateur sports people) are eligible for an exemption from paying the Visa Application Charge (VAC) if they submit evidence of amateur status with their visa application.

The Visa Application Charge (VAC) for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400), can also be waived for support staff who have been appointed or employed to assist an amateur sports participant or amateur team entered in a sporting event.

Further information on the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400), including eligibility and how to apply, is available here.

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa (Subclass 601), eVisitor visa (Subclass 651) and Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600)

Amateur sports people who will not receive any prize money, volunteer support staff whose usual occupation is unrelated to the sporting activity and spectators may apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa (Subclass 601) (if eligible), an eVisitor visa (Subclass 651) (if eligible) or a Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600) to participate in an event/s for up to three months.

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa (Subclass 601)

Passport holders from a number of countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to travel to and enter Australia for tourism or business purposes.

The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa (Subclass 601) does not attract a visa application charge, however there is an AUD20 service fee for each ETA application made online.

Further information on the ETA, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available here.

eVisitor Visa (Subclass 651)

European Union (EU) passport holders, and some other European passport holders, are eligible to apply online for an eVisitor visa to travel to and enter Australia. The eVisitor visa allows for visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to 3 months.

There is no Visa Application Charge (VAC) for an eVisitor visa (Subclass 651) application.

Further information on the eVisitor visa, including eligibility requirements and how to apply online, is available here.

Visitor (Tourist stream) Visa (Subclass 600)

Passport holders who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or an ETA should apply for a Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600).

Applicants who apply for the Visitor (Tourist stream) visa (Subclass 600) will not be eligible for an exemption from paying the Visa Application Charge (VAC).

Further information on the Visitor visa (Subclass 600), including eligibility and how to apply, is available here.

Visa Application Process

The Australian Department of Immigration have confirmed that the email confirmation received upon registering for the event, is sufficient evidence to show that individuals have been invited to participate in the event. A separate letter of invitation should not be required.

For further information on the visa application process, please download the Visa Application Requirements information sheet here.

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We will create an extraordinary World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Western Australia. Athletes will compete at world-class facilities located a short drive from the Perth city centre. After competition, athletes will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary, which is Perth and Western Australia.

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