Sport Visa (Temporary Work Visa Applications)

Temporary Work Visa Applications

Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis via-

  • Sport stream: to improve the quality of sport in Australia through participation in high-level competition with Australian residents to:

o participate in a specific event / series of events as an individual or as part of a team or its support staff

o play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season under contract

o judge or adjudicate a sporting competition or show.

Letter of Endorsement

Nominations for Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa (subclass 401) in Sport stream will require an accompanying letter of endorsement from the respective Australian national sporting body.

Australian Rugby Union will only endorse nominations under Temporary Work visa (subclass 401) in Sport stream to “play, coach or instruct for a sporting club for a season under contract”, where, in the assessment of ARU:

1. the Nominated Person, has the ability to play, coach or instruct at the Australian national level

2. the Nominated Person, will benefit the sport in Australia through their participation in that sport.

It is important to note that the letter of endorsement from the Australian National Sporting Organisation is the only component involved in the process completed by Australian Rugby Union.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will require the submission of additional forms and before a visa application can be made.

Further visa information and visa options should be directed to Department of Immigration and Border Protection at

To apply for an ARU Letter of Endorsement complete the Sports Visa Letter of Endorsement Application Form (doc - 90 kb) and provide supporting evidence of eligibility and required documentation to:

Jess Wethered
Administrator, Rugby Participation  
Australian Rugby Union

PO BOX 115
St Leonards NSW 1590

Ph: +61 2 8030 3336
Rcpt: +61 2 8005 5555
Fax: +61 2 8005 5681

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