4.6 Who is eligible for a diplomatic visa?

Foreign government employees assigned to diplomatic missions and consular posts in Australia
Yes. A spouse, de facto or same sex partner is also eligible, and unmarried children up to 21 years old.
Representatives of international organisations
Generally, yes, but this will depend on the relevant headquarters agreement. Others may be granted temporary work — international relations (subclass 403) visas.
Diplomatic couriers
Yes, if coming to Australia on official business.
Home-based officials on short-term missions including temporary relief duties for accredited staff
These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Foreign government officials attending a conference or official meetings in Australia
No, they must apply to the Department of Home Affairs for an appropriate visa.
Domestic workers employed privately by eligible members of the diplomatic or consular corps
No — see chapter 9 of these guidelines.
Representatives of international trade promotion offices, cultural institutions or tourism offices
No — they must apply to the Department of Home Affairs.
Foreign language teachers, religious instructors and community welfare workers
No — they must apply to the Department of Home Affairs.
Foreign Nationals engaged under contract by diplomatic missions and consular posts in Australia
No.
Last Updated: 24 October 2018