Foreign Citizen Working in Australia on a Tourist visa?


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Can a Foreign passport holder work in Australia on a Tourist visa?

Part of the conditions of the normal Visitor Visa is where it mentions you can come to Australia for Tourist or Business purposes.

Some people say that the bit that mention “Business purposes” means you CAN work in Australia.

However, they are not 100% correct.

In general, a Visitor Visa holder is NOT allowed to work in Australia, although they may be permitted to keep working for their employer in their home country, whilst on holiday in Australia.

Business purposes means:

You can:


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  • make general business or employment enquiries.
  • investigate, negotiate, enter into or review a business contract.
  • conduct activities as part of an official government visit.
  • take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar. The organisers can’t pay you to take part.

You can’t:

  • work for or provide services to a business or organisation based in Australia.
  • sell goods or services directly to the public.

The above rules appear to mean that you CAN work for your home based overseas company, in certain aspects, but not for an Australian company.

I would assume that permits people to continue assisting their employer, or own business, in their home country.

This shows some of the official rules for the subclass 651 eVisitor visa:

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