Australia Trainee & Research Program
The Training and Research visa (subclass 402) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training, observe or participate in research as a visiting academic, or participate in a professional development program.
This visa has three streams:
Occupational Trainee stream: for people who need structured workplace-based training to enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study, or field of expertise.
Professional Development stream: for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training program in Australia. The program must have been arranged by an employer outside Australia and usually lasts up to 18 months.
Research stream: for professional academics invited to visit Australia to observe or participate in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution.
To apply in the Occupational Trainee or Research stream: you and anyone included in your application can be in or outside Australia when you apply:
Applying in Australia: If you are inside Australia you must lodge your application in Australia.
Applying outside Australia: If you are outside Australia you must lodge your application outside Australia.
You may be in or outside Australia at time of grant regardless of where the visa has been lodged.
To apply in the Professional Development stream: you must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted. Your sponsor can lodge the application on your behalf.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
- an approved professional development sponsor
- an approved visiting academic sponsor or occupational trainee sponsor (for sponsorship applications lodged before 24 Nov 2012)
meet the requirements of the visa for the stream in which you are applying
have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia
have adequate financial support for yourself and accompanying family members while in Australia
have adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia
meet health and character requirements.
are at least 18 years of age (except in limited circumstances).
Note: There are visa restrictions from certain nationalities to apply for this program. There are various countries in agreements in the Working Holiday Programs that allows their youth to do internships and cultural exchange without via restrictions. Please check your local WICEN office if you are eligible to apply for this program.
If you would like to apply for our internships and cultural exchange programs, please email your CV/resume at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of the programs are offered on a very limited basis. Alternatively please visit your local WICEN office or representatives for further details. You can also refer to our Contact Us page or explore our website for compelte information.