Occupational Trainee Visa (Subclass 442)

This visa allows people to complete workplace-based training in Australia on a temporary basis. The training must
provide people with additional or enhanced skills in the nominated occupations, tertiary studies or fields of
expertise.

This visa is for people from outside Australia who want to improve their occupational skills through training
with an Australian organisation or government agency. People may be nominated for this visa if the
proposed occupational training is one of the following:

– training or practical experience in the workplace required for the person to obtain registration for
employment in their occupation in Australia or in their home country

– a structured workplace training program to enhance the person’s existing skills in an eligible
occupation

– structured workplace training to enhance the person’s skills and promote capacity building overseas.

Sponsorship Application $350 Nomination Application $145 Nomination Visa Application $265

This visa may be valid for up to two years to undertake an approved training program (subject to the length
of the approved training program). An additional two months may be added beyond the training end date to
allow you and your family members to make arrangements to leave Australia or to apply for another visa.

For this visa, you will need to be sponsored and nominated by an Australian organisation or government
agency.

It is the responsibility of the to
Australian organisation or

government agency

– apply to be an occupational trainee sponsor to provide occupational
training to people from overseas

– design and deliver the occupational training in Australia

nominate the occupational training to be provided

– nominate the person to undertake the training

– act as a sponsor for the nominated person listed in the nomination

– cooperate with the department’s monitoring requirements

– meet the sponsorship obligations.

nominated primary applicant – find a sponsoring organisation willing to provide you with a

suitable occupational training program

– consult with the sponsoring organisation to ensure that the

proposed training meets your training needs

– accept the offer to participate in the training from the sponsor

– apply for a visa

– meet all conditions on your visa.

 

Nomination Eligibility

The sponsoring organisation must lodge a nomination to provide workplace based training to occupational
trainees. The nomination must provide details of the proposed workplace based training and the skills,
qualifications and experience of the individual who will undertake the training.

Sponsor requirements

To nominate for occupational training, the organisation should meet one of the following:

– have been approved as an occupational trainee sponsor

– have already lodged an application to become an approved occupational trainee sponsor

– lodge an application to become an occupational trainee sponsor at the same time the nomination is lodged.

Nomination requirements

Nomination requirements are different depending on the intended type of occupational training. The
nomination criteria are separated into three alternative streams. To meet the nomination criteria, only the
requirements of one stream need to be met. The streams are:

Stream 1: Occupational Training Required for Registration

Occupational training eligible under this nomination stream is workplace training or practical experience
that:

– is necessary for the nominated person to obtain registration in their identified occupation

– involves a mandatory registration requirement to be employed in the identified occupation of the
nominated person

– is of a duration necessary for the nominated person to meet the registration requirement in the identified
occupation, taking into account their prior experience

The nominated person should have appropriate skills to undertake the occupational training.

Evidence required

To be assessed under this nomination stream, the occupational trainee sponsor needs to:

– indicate on the nomination that the occupational training is required for registration (stream one)

– attach a letter from the relevant regulatory body advising that the training is necessary for the nominated
person to obtain mandatory registration to work in the identified occupation.

The letter needs to be from the actual body or organisation that is responsible for the registration of
professionals for the identified occupation. The regulatory body may be the regulatory body for the
occupation in Australia or in the nominated person’s home country.

This letter provides evidence to the department that the training is required for registration purposes and is
eligible for nomination under stream one. If necessary, the department may contact the regulatory body to
confirm the registration requirement and whether the proposed duration of training is necessary.

Stream 2: Structured Training to Enhance Skills in an Eligible Occupation

Occupational training eligible under this nomination stream is training that:

– involves a structured workplace training program

– is specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominated person

– is of a duration that meets the specific training needs of the nominated person

– is related to an eligible occupation

– involves a nominated person that has recent and suitable prior experience to undertake the training.

Evidence required

To be assessed under this nomination stream, the occupational trainee sponsor needs to:

– indicate on the nomination that the occupational training is structured training to enhance skills in an
eligible occupation (stream two)

– attach the structured training program that is specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominated
person.

Structured training program

The training program should be structured to meet the specific training needs of the nominated person in
order to enhance their skills. A structured program should include:

– an outline of the objectives of the training program and the type of work activities involved

– details of the curriculum and the specific training tasks to be undertaken throughout the program

– the location of the training activities, including details of the various components which may be at different
locations

– details of the training duration and timeframes for the various training tasks to be conducted

– a skills audit (including English language skills) that assesses the person’s existing skills and identifies their
training needs

– details of all supervisors, trainers, and assessors including their qualifications and experience

– the learning outcomes and how these will be monitored and assessed.

Eligible occupations

There is a list of occupations that the training must relate to in order to be eligible for this nomination
stream. This list of occupations is mostly the same as the list of occupations that meet the minimum skill
level requirement for Subclass 457 – Business (Long Stay) visa. Check this list to ensure that your
nominated training relates to one of the eligible occupations for this visa.

Prior experience

The nominated person must have prior and recent experience in the identified occupation that the proposed
occupational training relates. This experience may include employment experience or study experience but
must:

– be the equivalent of at least 12 months fulltime experience in the occupation

– have occurred in the 24 months immediately preceding the time of nomination.

Stream 3: Workplace-based Training for Capacity Building Overseas

The purpose of this stream is to provide training opportunities in Australia for people to develop skills that
they can use on their return home. Occupational training eligible under this nomination stream is training
that:
– is not available in the home country of the nominated person

– is workplace-based and will give the nominated person additional or enhanced skills in the related
occupation

– is one of the following:

o supported by a government agency in Australia or the government of a foreign country that is the
home country of the nominated person and involves a structured training program
o practical experience, research or observation required to complete a qualification from a foreign
educational institution

o involves a nominated person that is a current or recent student of a foreign educational institution
and undertaking research in Australia that is closely related to the person’s current or recent
enrolled course
– involves a nominated person that intends to return to their home country after successfully completing the
training.

Evidence required

To be assessed under this stream, the occupational trainee sponsor needs to:

– indicate on the nomination that the occupational training is workplace-based training for capacity building
overseas (stream three)

– provide one of the following attachments depending on the nature of training:

o a letter of support from a government agency in Australia or from the government of a foreign
country that is the home country of the nominated person indicating that the training promotes
international capacity building

o a letter from the educational institution in the home country of the nominated person advising that
the practical experience, research or observation is a requirement of the nominated person’s
overseas course

o an outline of the research to be conducted in Australia and how it relates to the studies or
qualifications of the nominated person.
– attach the structured training program that is specifically tailored to the training needs of the nominated
person (only required for government supported training under this stream).

Structured training program

For occupational training that is supported by a government agency in Australia or the government of the
nominated person’s home country, the sponsor will need to provide a structured training program. The
training program should be structured to meet the specific training needs of the nominated person in order to
enhance their skills. A structured program should include:

– an outline of the objectives of the training program and the type of work activities involved

– details of the curriculum and the specific training tasks to be undertaken throughout the program

– the location of the training activities, including details of the various components which may be at different
locations

– details of the training duration and timeframes for the various training tasks to be conducted

– a skills audit (including English language skills) that assesses the person’s existing skills and identifies their
training needs

– details of all supervisors, trainers, and/or assessors including their qualifications, and/or experience

– the learning outcomes and how these will be monitored and assessed.

Required for overseas qualification

Overseas students may be eligible if the occupational training is practical experience, research or
observation necessary for the student to obtain an overseas qualification. This type of training can only
approved for a period of no more than six months.

Research related to overseas studies

People undertaking short term research in Australia may be eligible for nomination if they are currently
enrolled as a student overseas or if they are a recent student overseas who graduated in the 12 months
preceding the time of nomination. The training must be research that is closely related to the person’s
current or recent course and must give the nominated person enhanced skills.

Remuneration

Occupational trainees are required to be paid in accordance with Australia’s industrial relation laws if they
are employees of an organisation. All details of the remuneration to be paid to the nominated person need to
be included in the nomination.

If the nominated person will not be paid, the sponsoring organisation and the nominee need to complete
forms acknowledging that the position is unpaid. The sponsor is required to submit the completed forms
with the nomination.

Sponsor Eligibility

An organisation is required to be approved as an occupational trainee sponsor to sponsor people from
overseas for occupational training. The following requirements must be met for your organisation to become
an approved sponsor.

The sponsoring organisation must be one of the following:

– an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia

– a government agency.

An Australian organisation includes a body corporate or an unincorporated association (other than an
individual or a sole trader) or partnership that is lawfully established in Australia.
A government agency includes an agency of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.
Good business record and abide by Australian laws

To meet this requirement:

– there must be nothing adverse known about the organisation

– if the organisation has previously sponsored overseas workers to Australia, they must have a satisfactory
record of complying with Australian laws

– the activities of the organisation must not be illegal in Australia.

Capacity to comply with sponsorship obligations

The sponsor must have the capacity to comply with sponsorship obligations.

Renewing sponsorship approval

A sponsor may be approved for up to three years. To continue to employ or engage people from overseas
you will need to reapply before your sponsor approval ceases.

Applicant Obligations

If your visa application for an Occupational Trainee (Subclass 442) visa is approved, the following visa
conditions will apply to you.

During your stay in Australia, you must not:

– stop undertaking the nominated and approved occupational training program in relation to which your visa
was granted

– undertake any work outside of the nominated and approved occupational training program in relation to
which your visa was granted.

You must maintain health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia.

If the sponsor ceases your training, you must do one of the following:

– find another training provider who is willing to sponsor you, or

– leave Australia within 28 days unless your visa expires before that time, in which case you must leave
Australia prior to visa expiry.

The following visa conditions will apply to sponsored secondary applicants who are accompanying you or
joining you later in Australia.

During their stay in Australia they:

– must not engage in work for more than 20 hours a week

– must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance.

Other conditions may apply for both primary and secondary applicants.

Trainee obligations

While undertaking the training, you must:

– participate fully in the occupational training

– not undertake any other activities likely to impact on your participation in the occupational training

– notify the sponsor of any changes to your personal circumstances, such as inability to continue the training

– notify the sponsor if you have any concerns about the training program.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all health costs for yourself and your family. You are required by law to maintain
adequate insurance for these health costs for the length of your visa. You will need to provide evidence that
you have obtained adequate insurance before your visa can be granted.

Applying for this Visa

There are three steps involved in applying for the Occupational Trainee visa.

Step 1 – Organisation applies to be a sponsor

The organisation must complete an application for approval as an occupational trainee sponsor.

Application form
Complete the sponsorship application form and attach all necessary documentation.

Important: If you provide false or misleading information you may have your application refused.

Sponsorship fee

There is a non-refundable fee for applications.

Sponsorship checklist

The sponsorship document checklist details the documents you will need to provide with your sponsorship
application. Complete applications are likely to be processed more quickly. Incomplete applications may be delayed or, in some cases, refused.

How and where to apply

You should lodge the sponsorship application, documentation and appropriate fee by post, courier, fax or in
person.

The sponsorship applications with any supporting documentation must be lodged in Australia directly with
the Adelaide Occupational Trainee Processing Centre.

After the sponsor lodges an application

The application will be considered by the department. In some cases you may be asked to provide additional
information to enable a decision to be made.

If your application is approved, the department will send you an approval letter by post or email. This letter
will explain the steps they will need to follow to obtain the visa. The sponsor should advise applicant to
lodge a visa application as soon as they receive advice that the sponsorship has been approved.

If an application is not approved, the department will send you a refusal letter by post or email advising of
the decision, reasons for the decision and information about any review rights.

You will need to retain your sponsorship approval letter. A copy of the sponsorship approval letter is to be
provided to each applicant you nominate to fill a position. The visa applicant will be required to provide, the
sponsor approval letter or a receipt that the sponsorship application has been lodged with their visa
application. A nomination must be approved before the visa can be granted.

Step 2 – Sponsoring organisation nominates a position

The sponsor must nominate the occupational training and the person who will undertake the training.

The sponsor is required to lodge a nomination unless the training is to be provided by the Commonwealth.

To make a nomination, the Australian organisation or government agency must have either:

– already lodged a sponsorship application for approval as an occupational trainee sponsor

– had a previous occupational trainee sponsorship approved.

The nomination or visa application may not be considered until the sponsorship is approved.

The purpose of the nomination process is to identify the:

– occupational training to be provided in Australia

– eligibility of the proposed training for this visa

– skills and experience required for the position

– overseas applicant nominated to undertake training, and

– their skills and qualifications to perform the activities of the training.

Nomination form

The sponsor must complete the nomination and attach all necessary documentation.

Important: Applicants who provide false or misleading information may have their applications refused.

Nomination fee

There is a non-refundable fee for applications.

Nomination document checklist

The nomination document checklist details the information and supporting documents that you must provide
with your application. Complete applications are likely to be processed more quickly. Incomplete
applications may be delayed or, in some cases, refused.

How and where to apply

You should lodge the nomination, documentation and appropriate fee by post, courier, fax and in person.
The nomination with any supporting documentation must be lodged in Australia directly with the Adelaide

Occupational Trainee Processing Centre.

After the sponsor lodges the application

The nomination will be considered by the department. In some cases you may be asked to provide additional
information to enable a decision to be made.

If a nomination is approved, the department will send you an approval letter by post or email.

If a nomination is not approved, the department will send you a refusal letter by post or email advising of
the decision, reasons for the decision and information about any review rights.

Both the sponsorship and nomination approval letters are to be retained. A copy of the sponsorship approval
letter is to be provided to each applicant you nominate to fill a position. The visa applicant will be required
to provide, with their visa application, the sponsor approval letter or a receipt that the sponsorship
application has been lodged. A nomination must be approved before the visa can be granted, unless the
training is being provided by the Commonwealth.

Step 3 – Applicant applies for the visa

The applicant must apply for a visa to be allowed to undertake the occupational training in Australia.

You must apply for a visa to work or undertake activities in Australia on a temporary basis.

To lodge your visa application, the organisation that has nominated you, must have been approved as an
occupational trainee sponsor or have lodged an application to be approved as a sponsor.

Application Form

You must complete the visa application form and attach all necessary documentation as outlined with the
Application Document Checklist.

Visa application charge

There is a non-refundable visa application charge that must be paid at the time you lodge your application.

Application document checklist

The application document checklist provides information and supporting documents that you must include
with your application. Complete applications are likely to be processed more quickly. Incomplete
applications may be delayed or, in some cases, refused.

How and where to lodge an application

You can lodge your application (and appropriate charge) by post or courier.

Whether you are in or outside Australia you must lodge your application directly with the Adelaide

Occupational Trainee Processing Centre.

After you lodge your application

After you have lodged your visa application, you may be asked to provide further information considered
relevant to your circumstances. The department will contact you. You may also be required to provide:

– results of a health examination: chest x-ray or other relevant medical tests

– police check.

Character and Penal Clearance Requirements

Additional requirements

After you have lodged your visa application, you may be asked to provide further information considered
relevant to your circumstances. The department will contact you. You may also be required to provide:

– results of a health examination: chest x-ray or other relevant medical tests

– police check.

Character and Penal Clearance Requirements

Your application will be considered by the department. In some cases you may be asked to provide
additional information to enable a decision to be made.

If your visa application is approved, the department will send you an approval letter by post or email. This
letter contains:

– your Visa Grant Number

– the validity date of your visa

– the visa conditions.

If your visa application is not approved, the department will send you a refusal letter by post or email
advising you of:

– your review rights (if any)

– the time limit for lodging an appeal

– the reasons for this decision.

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