Tourism and Hospitality Added to Critical Sectors

This week the Minister for Immigration has introduced changes to the Subclass 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa and Subclass 500 Student visa for workers in the Hospitality and Tourism sectors.


Newly released legislation defines a business as being in the tourism and hospitality sector where it is classified under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) system as being in the division of ‘Accommodation and Food Services’.

This division includes Cafes, Restaurants, Takeaway Food Providers, Pubs, Taverns, Bars, Night Clubs, Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Ski Lodges, and Hostels.

The legislation also allows for businesses whose primary purpose is to directly provide a service to tourists, even when their activities are not listed as an Accommodation and Food Service under the ANZSIC system.

COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa

As of now, brief visa holders working or proposing to work in the travel industry and accommodation will actually want to get a year Subclass 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa with work rights. 

Candidates can apply inside 90 days of visa expiry – an expansion on the current 28-day prerequisite – to have the option to keep working and supporting a region basic to Australia’s monetary recuperation.


Student Visa

Student Visa visa holders utilized in the travel industry and cordiality are presently ready to work past their 40-hour per fortnight limit. They join the rundown of determined enterprises including: 

Those utilized by a matured consideration Approved Provider or Commonwealth-subsidized matured consideration specialist co-op with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020


Those utilized by an enlisted National Disability Insurance Scheme supplier

Those selected a medical services related course and supporting the wellbeing exertion against COVID-19, as coordinated by wellbeing authorities


Those utilized in the agribusiness area 

Additional data is accessible on the Department of Immigration site.

If it’s not too much trouble, note the Student visa changes are brief, nonetheless, there has been no reported end date at this stage.



As legislation and travel requirements are constantly changing, we strongly recommend obtaining advice on your individual situation from a Registered Australian immigration agent Melbourne.


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