Initial/First Entry to Australia for Skilled visa holders.
Where a person holds a skilled visa and condition 8504 “initial entry date” has been imposed, their visa grant letter will advise the date they should first arrive in Australia (initial entry date).
Holders of skilled visas should try to enter Australia before their initial entry date.
COVID-19 and First Entry Date Complications.
The Immigration department understand that, because of COVID-19 related impacts on travel, some visa holders have been unable to enter Australia by their initial entry date.
In this case, holders of valid skilled visas can still enter Australia after their initial entry date.
Visa holders should try to arrive as close to their initial entry date as they can, subject to travel and border conditions.