Australian authorities have been taking precautions regarding the pandemic caused by COVID- 19. It has created a unique set of challenges for the government authorities, citizens, students and people working here on working visa. The Government of Australia has recently introduced a temporary visa known as COVID-19 Pandemic event visa (subclass 408) to allow non -residents working in critical industry sectors stay in Australia for an extended time. The critical sectors are health care, aged care, disability care, agriculture, food processing and child care.
An applicant can lodge this visa only if s/he is working in a critical sector and has 28 days or less remaining of the current visa or the last substantive temporary visa expired less than 28 days ago. It is possible to include the family members when lodging the visa application or any time before the visa decision is made. All applicants must meet the health and character requirements during the visa period. The work rights are limited to those who are granted COVID-19 pandemic event visa to continue working in the critical sector.