Eligibility requirements for the Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) - Temporary Activity visa

You must ultimately meet all the Department of Home Affairs criteria and South Australian Government requirements for the Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) – Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

Applicants will be applying under a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa under the Australian Government Endorsed Event stream. The duration of the visa is up to three years, depending on the time of visa grant. 

Please read through the South Australian Government endorsement requirements below and review the document checklist before applying.

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The Federal Government

The criteria for this visa includes:

  • Have an innovative idea with a supporting business plan;
  • Be under 45 years of age at time of application;
  • Demonstrate at least a minimum of Vocational level English
  • Meet all health, character and financial requirements detailed by the Department of Home Affairs
  • Be endorsed by a South Australian Government entity (Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment) to take forward an innovative idea in South Australia;
  • Have sufficient funds* to support yourself and any eligible dependant family members included in your application.

The Department of Home Affairs may ask you to provide evidence of funds, such as an employment contract, bank statements or a letter from your financial institution stating your financial position.  Allowances, accommodation and other assistance from your employer may also be considered by the Department of Home Affairs when looking at your ability to support yourself. 

South Australian Government Endorsement Requirements

1.1  If you are successfully granted a SISA – Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa, you must meet all of your obligations listed under endorsement application process
 
1.2  You will need to continue to be involved in the South Australian innovation sector for the duration of your Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. 
 
1.3 Maintain primary residence in South Australia and contribute to the South Australian economy and community throughout the period of the SISA Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. 

2.1  You must be under 45 years of age at the time of the endorsement decision and subsequent visa application.

2.2  You must factor in Immigration SA’s endorsement application processing times as there is no fast-tracking of applications. 

3.1  You must have at least Vocational level English unless you meet 3.3 below, 
 
3.2  Immigration SA and the Department of Home Affairs accept the following English language tests:
  • IELTS                    -  International English Language Test System (Academic or General)
  • OET                       -  Occupational English Test (For Health Professionals only)
  • PTE Academic      -  Pearson Test of English Academic
  • TOEFL iBT           -  Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet Based Test
  • CAE                       -  Cambridge English: Advanced
3.2.1  You must give permission to Immigration SA to view your PTE Academic test results through your online PTE Academic account.  You will need to give permission to Immigration SA, in addition to the Department of Home Affairs.
 
3.3  Passport holders and citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America, or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from providing an English test result.
4.1  The following business types will not be eligible for endorsement by the South Australian Government for the Supporting Innovation in South Australia – Temporary Activity visa:
 
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Consulting firms/companies
  • Employment agencies
  • Export/import businesses/companies
  • Franchises
  • Foot reflexology
  • Massage parlours
  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Herbal dispensing businesses
  • Geomancy/fengshui business
  • Retail 
5.1  You can apply for South Australian Government endorsement if you are currently residing offshore or onshore unless you currently have an Australian visa subclass listed in 5.2 below. 
 
5.2  Current Australian visa holders of one of the following visa subclasses will not be eligible for endorsement by the South Australian Government:
 
  • Student visas (including subclasses 500, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574)
  • Subclass 403
  • Subclass 771
5.3  If you are currently on a subclass 485 visa, you must be presently engaged in a structured program offered by one of our identified South Australian innovation eco-system providers and the provider organisation will support your application to be considered.  

6.1  You can demonstrate in-depth knowledge, expertise or track record in the product or service you are targeting;

6.2  Your business concept demonstrates a clear, competitive advantage, genuine innovation, novel intellectual property or high barriers to entry;

6.3  You commit to developing a start-up project in South Australia in ANY industry sector. However, priority will be given to proposals in the industry sectors/areas listed under item 7 below. 

6.4  You have secured the support of a selected service provider who/that has reviewed and approves of your project proposal, idea or concept (Immigration SA will forward your application to your selected service provider)

6.5  Your project has strong potential to create local employment and export revenue for South Australia.

6.6  Your project will have at least 50% of its assets and at least 50% of your staff located in South Australia during the period of your Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

7.1 Priority will be given to proposals in the following industry sectors/areas:  
 
  • Defence and Space 
  • Cyber Security, Big Data, Digital and Blockchain
  • Food, Wine and AgTech
  • Health and Medical Technology
  • Robotics 
  • Media and Film

8.1  You must ensure that you have sufficient funds for settlement when you arrive in South Australia (for yourself and any dependants included in your application). Immigration SA requires evidence of financial capacity and will seek this evidence, as well as additional information if required, at a later stage. The requirement depends on whether you are applying offshore or onshore.

8.2  Financial requirement:

You need to have combined cash and assets within the range listed in the table below. As a guideline, when you arrive in South Australia, Immigration SA recommends that offshore applicants have at least $20,000 in cash and onshore applicants have at least $5,000 in cash for settlement. You should not dispose of any assets before the visa is granted.

Family composition Offshore Applicant:
Combined cash & assets requirement
Onshore Applicant:
Combined cash & assets requirement
Main applicant only Total figure between AUD $ 20,000 - 25,000

Total figure between AUD $5,000 - 10,000

Main applicant plus one (1) dependant Total figure between AUD $25,000- 30,000

Total figure between AUD $ 10,000 - 15,000

Main applicant plus two (2) dependants Total figure between AUD $30,000 - 35,000

Total figure between AUD $15,000 - 20,000

Main applicant plus three (3) dependants Total figure between AUD $35,000 - 40,000

Total figure between AUD $20,000 - 25,000

 

You can only apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa to participate in SISA if you meet all of the Department of Home Affairs criteria and South Australian Government requirements.
 
If you think you have met the eligibility requirements, proceed to How to Apply.