How to Apply for an Australian Work Visa?


Australia boasts over 800,000 job opportunities for skilled professionals, with plans to invite half a million foreign workers by 2024. Workers can earn an impressive annual salary of AUD 85,000 - 95,000, and Australia's relaxed immigration policies make it an attractive destination. Additionally, Australia offers retirement benefits and is ranked as the 8th happiest country in the world.

Check Your Eligibility

You can check your eligibility for an Australian visa through Australia Immigration Points Calculator.

Australia Work Visa for Indians

The Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) signed between India and Australia in 2022 has opened up significant opportunities. This agreement not only facilitates duty-free access to Indian products in Australia but also creates new job opportunities. Australia's commitment to temporary entry is expected to pave the way for a million new jobs.

Types of Australia Work Visas

Australia provides various work visa options for Indians, including:

Australia Permanent Work Permits

  • Distinguished Talent Visa

  • Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) Visa

  • Skilled Nominated Visa

  • Skilled Independent Visa

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa

Australia Temporary Work Permits

  • Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa

  • Temporary Work (Working Holiday) Visa

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa

Australian Work Permit Requirements

Standard requirements for Australia work visas include:

  • Valid passport

  • Age below 45 years

  • Meeting health and character requirements

  • Proof of English language proficiency (e.g., IELTS score)

  • Relevant education or 3 years of work experience

  • Current employer's appointment letter

  • Sponsorship Certificate from a registered employer if required

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to live in Australia

Steps to Apply for an Australian Work Visa from India

  • Check Eligibility: Find your occupation on the occupation list and take a skill assessment test.

  • Check English Language Proficiency: Take the IELTS test.

  • Create an Online Account: Use the Skill Select system to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).

  • Receive an Invitation to Apply.

  • Select Your Visa Type.

  • Gather Required Documents.

  • Submit Online Visa Application.

  • Take a Health Examination and Submit Details.

  • Submit Biometric Information if Required.

  • Wait for Visa Processing.

  • Get a Visa Grant.

  • Travel and Settle in Australia.

Australian Work Permit Fees (in AUD)

Visa Type

Cost (AUD)

Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

4,115 onwards

Skilled Regional Provisional Visa (Subclass 489)

4,115 onwards

Temporary Work International Relations Visa (Subclass 403)


Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187)

4,045 onwards

Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)

4,115 onwards

Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (Subclass 186)

4,115 onwards

Distinguished Talent Visa

4,180 onwards

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Short-term)

1,290 onwards

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Medium-term)

2,690 onwards

Temporary Australia Work Visa (Short-Stay Specialist) (Subclass 400)

315 (except in exceptional cases)

Australian Work Permit Processing Time

The processing time varies depending on the visa type and case complexity, typically ranging from 4 to 14 months. Submitting all required documents on time can reduce the processing time.