What is Training Visa 407

Training visa 407 is for ‘on the job’ or classroom based training and skills development. Companies and government departments, Australian and international, are eligible to nominate trainees.

There are 3 types of nomination for Training Visa 407:

  • Type 1: Training for professional or trade registration
  • Type 2: Workplace training for skill development
  • Type 3: Training for capacity building overseas (3 subcategories):
    • overseas qualification (subcategory a)
    • government support (subcategory b)
    • professional development (subcategory c)

Caveats and Eligibility

  • Sponsor must provide occupational training directly to Training Visa 407 holder.
  • Visa applicants can be in or outside Australia.
  • Length of visa grant is 2 years maximum, however grant period reflects training program.
  •  ‘Functional’ English minimum requirement (ie IELTS 4.5).
  • Family and dependents can be included on application.
  • Family and dependents can be added after visa is granted.
  • 3 stage application: Standard Activities Sponsor; Nomination; Visa.
  • Trainee can be paid a standard wage, or an agreed salary for duration of program.
  • Trainee can undertake training as volunteer.
  • Trainee Visa 407 can be used to obtain licensing registration for TSS visa application.
  • Training Visa 407 applicant work experience in nominated role can range from 0 to several years.
  • Visa applicant must at least have some formal training or qualification in the nominated occupation.
  • Multiple lodgements by one sponsor or generic training programmes may be flagged for refusals.
  • Occupations are limited to relevant occupation list.
  • Visa holders can change sponsors, however new sponsor must already be approved.
  • Change in occupation is possible, but requires new nomination and visa application

Note to employers on Individually Structured Training

As an employer considering Training Visa 407, training needs analysis is recommended.

Training should be structured to the training needs of the nominee. Training needs analysis and program proposal should be prepared for nomination application.

Program Proposal should include:

  • Objectives, tasks and timeframes;
  • Delineate practical work activities and instruction and/or observation;
  • Assessment of nominated trainee’s present skill level;
  • Definition of milestones and target skill development;
  • Provide details of appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors (trainers, assessors, etc);
  • Anticipated skills development for the Training Visa 407 holder.

The tasks actually performed should be consistent with program objectives.

The timeframes for completion of tasks needs to be clear. However, it is advisable to indicate an increase in difficulty and complexity over time.

Show in particular who the trainee will progress to a higher level skills capability.

When providing details of supervisor, qualifications and certifications should be explained. Career experience as someone with ‘specialized knowledge’ and experience in the subject area, would ideally be accompanied with a resume.

Supervisor-to-trainee ratio should be addressed in the training plan. Individualized training is the key, so ensure that this is clearly explained.

The training proposal should indicate mechanisms for monitoring and assessment. The program does not need to result in formal qualification, however assessment of skills development is important.

Details of qualifications, if awarded, after completion of training should be indicated.


The training program should also outline who will deliver any ‘off the job’ training.

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