Key Immigration Outcomes: China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
Skilled service workers from China will be able to have easier access to visas for Australia under a new free trade agreement.
In particular, Chinese citizens from the following categories will be afforded guaranteed access to Australia subject to meeting standard visa requirements:
- Intra-corporate transferees and independent executives for up to four years (including executives, managers and specialists);
- Contractual service suppliers for up to four years; including guaranteed access for up to a combined total of 1,800 per year in four occupations:
- Chinese chefs
- WuShu martial arts coaches
- Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners; and
- Mandarin language tutors
- Installers and servicers for up to 3 months; and
- Business visitors for up to 90 days, or 6 months for business visitors who are service sellers.
Investment Facilitation Arrangements
Chinese owned companies registered in Australia undertaking large infrastructure development projects above $150 million will be able to negotiate project based labour agreements for large infrastructure development projects. This arrangement will operate within the existing 457 visa guidelines and continued compliance with Australian employment laws.
Work and Holiday Arrangement
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement also includes a Work and Holiday Arrangement (WHA) in which Australia will grant up to 5,000 working holiday visas to Chinese nationals each year. The Government foresees that the WHA will increase demand for tourism services and support the development of Australia’s tourism sector, particularly in rural Australia.