Training and research visa (subclass 402)

The new Training and Research Visa (subclass 402) has replaced the former Visiting Academic (419) and Occupational Trainee (442) visas.

The Training and Research visa is for people who want to visit Australia on a temporary basis to either undertake occupational training or conduct / observe research as a visiting academic.


Within the subclass 402 Training and Research Visa, there are two streams:

  • Occupational Trainee stream Enables people to visit ANU to undertake a structured training program to either enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study or field of expertise. The training program should be a minimum of 30 hours per week and at least 70 per cent of this training must be workplace-based. The visa is valid for the period of the training or up to two years.
  • Research stream Enables professional academics to visit ANU on a temporary basis to observe or participate in an Australian research project. The visa is valid for the period of the research or up to 12 months.

Note: ANU is an approved sponsor for each of these two streams. As from the effective date of the Training and Research visa, 24 November 2012, nominations are no longer required for either the Occupational Trainee or Research (Visiting Academic) streams- applicants can directly lodge their applications to DIAC using the ANU sponsorship approval information applicable to the particular stream. Please contact the Recruitment and Appointments branch in Human Resources Division for these details.