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January 2017 - Visa for overseas screen directors update

On the 19 November 2016, new Visa subclasses were introduced by the Australian government that will allow applicants to enter Australia for temporary work or for a specified activity.  

All overseas screen directors
seeking to work in Australia must consult with the relevant union, in the case of screen directors, the Australian Directors' Guild, prior to applying for a Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa (Entertainment Visa).

Any applicant for a subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa must be sponsored by an Australian company or an Australian permanent resident or citizen (the Australian Sponsor)


The ADG assesses applications for a 408 Visa on the regulations as outlined in the Immigration Act.

Applications for overseas personnel to be engaged on film or television productions being produced in Australia are considered within the parameters of the Migration Regulations and, in particular, with reference to the extent to which the application complies with the provisions of the Net Employment Benefit Test under the Migrations Regulations. The Net Employment Benefit Test requires the Sponsor to demonstrate that the engagement of the overseas person/s will lead to greater employment of Australians in the entertainment industry than would have been the case had Australian personnel been engaged.

The Migration Act Regulations 1994 require that the Australian Sponsor (usually the producer or production company) consult with the ADG in relation to the application for the Visa.

To access the ADG's Visa Consultation form please click on the following link - PDF


The fee for the ADG reviewing the Application and providing the Visa Response Letter is currently $550.00 per overseas screen director.


In the meantime, if you have any questions please call us on 02 9555 7045 or 1300 539 639 or email us at

You are also encouraged to visit the website for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Reports & Submissions

ADG and ASDACS Response to Productivity Commission Report

February 2017 - ADG and ASDACS Response to the Productivity Commission Report

ADG and ASDACS Submission to Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Australia's Intellectural Property System

November 2015 - ADG and ASDACS Submission to Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Australian's Intellectual Property System

Documentary Guidelines Second Draft Response

October 2014 - Response to the Second Draft Documentary Guidelines released by Screen Australia in September 2014

Online Copyright Infringement Response

September 2014 - Response to the "Online Copyright Infringement" Discussion Paper

Draft Documentary Guidelines Response

July 2014 - Response to the draft documentary guidelines released by Screen Australia in June 2014

ADG Final Response to Screen Australia Paper

4 April 2014 - Response to Screen Australia’s paper: "Documentary Funding: Stories that matter"

Response to the Enterprise Paper

January 2014 - Response to the Enterprise Paper

ALRC Submission

April 2012 - Submission to the Attorney General’s Department on the Australia’s Law Reform Commission draft terms of reference on copyright.

2011 Convergence Review

09 November 2011 - Submission to the 2011 Convergence Review, October 2011.

2011 National Cultural Policy

09 November 2011 - Submission to the National Cultural Policy October 2011

9 February 2017

Four projects receive the first Metro Screen Fellowships.

Brietta Hague, Amanda Hood, Rebecca Ingram and Shelly Lauman have been chosen as the recipients of the inaugural Metro Screen Fellowships. View the full media release here.