Applications for the Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) - Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa will need to meet all of the Department of Home Affairs' criteria and the South Australian Government requirements.

There are limited endorsement places available for this visa.

Applications for endorsement by the South Australian Government must be submitted to Immigration SA and you will need to choose one of the following assessment options in the online application form: 
 
  1. South Australian innovation eco-system service providers; or 
  2. The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur.  
Priority will be given to applications that come through the South Australian innovation eco-system service providers.  
 

Before you apply

The following is a summary of the documents required to apply for South Australian Government endorsement. Before you apply, please review the eligibility criteria and requirements, and complete document checklist

  1. A copy of the personal details page of your passport (and if applicable, a copy of your partner’s passport details)
  2. Your English test result, if applicable.
  3. Details of the funds you have available for settlement. 
  4. Details about your business concept, idea or project proposal (see document checklist below for questions asked in the online application form). 

Download the checklist

Important Notes:

  1. Please read the application terms and conditionseligibility criteria and requirements and the document checklist before applying and preparing your documents.
  2. You must upload all supporting documentation in your online application. Documents sent or emailed separately from your online application will not be accepted, unless requested by Immigration SA.
  3. Your uploaded documents must be scanned copies of originals.
  4. All documents must be in English or translated by a qualified translator into English.
  5. You should only upload documents required. Non-essential documents may delay processing. Additional documentation is not required and may be deleted.

How to apply

Step 1

Log onto Immigration SA Apply website and create an account.

  • Choose registration type from the drop down menu: New Entrepreneur (SISA)
  • Complete your contact details on the 'Register here' section then click on the 'register now' button.

Step 2

Choose one of the following assessment options:

  • Option 1 (priority processing): South Australian innovation eco-system service providers; or
  • Option 2: The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur
Before applying, you will need to read the instructions for Options 1 or 2 below.


You will need to select one of these options in your online application.

Step 3

If you have selected Option 1, you may choose to send an initial email directly to the service provider.
  • You can email the provider to briefly explain your business concept and ask if they would be willing to accept and support your business concept/application from you
  • Once you have received a positive email response from the service provider, go to Step 4.
Please note that you still have to apply formally through Immigration SA for your application to be assessed.

If you have selected Option 2, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4

Got to Immigration SA's Apply website and submit your application.

  • Immigration SA will validate your application and forward it to either your selected service provider, or the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur (depending on the option you have selected) for assessment.

Step 5

Immigration SA will notify you once a decision is made on your application. 

  • This will be reflected in 'My Applications'.
  • If your application is endorsed, you will have 60 days to lodge your application with the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 6

Lodge your Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa application  with the Department of Home Affairs:
  • Apply under the Australian Government Endorsed Event stream
  • Include a copy of the Letter of Endorsement from the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment (Immigration SA). 
Endorsement application processing times are available to view here. For any general queries, please refer to our FAQ page. You can contact Immigration SA by submitting an enquiry through the Immigration SA Apply website.
 
Please note, you can withdraw your application at any point if you no longer wish to proceed. Any application fees paid are not refundable.

 

You must seek support from one of the South Australian innovation ecosystem service providers, to be considered for endorsement by Immigration SA.

Priority will be given to applications that come through the South Australian innovation eco-system service providers.    

  1. Prior to submitting your application, review the entry requirements on the service providers’ websites. In addition to the South Australian Government (Immigration SA) requirements, you must also meet your selected service provider’s pre-requisite entry requirements for their mentoring and / or support programs. 
  2. Once you have selected a service provider, you may choose to send an email to the provider to briefly explain your business concept and ask if they will accept and support your business concept/an application from you. The service provider will contact you directly, if they need additional information to help them decide if they will support your application.
  3. Submit your application to the South Australian Government (Immigration SA). Immigration SA will then forward your business concept, or idea or proposal to the service provider you have selected. 
  4. Service provider assessment will take up to 8 weeks to be completed. 
  5. If your application has been assessed by your selected service provider as having met both the South Australian Government and its own pre-requisite entry requirements and is keen to support your business/proposal, it will advise the South Australian Government (Immigration SA) accordingly.
  6. The South Australian Government will provide you with a Letter of Endorsement, subject to you meeting all relevant requirements. 
  7. The Letter of Endorsement is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. You must lodge an application to the Department of Home Affairs within this 60-day period.
  8. You must include this Letter of Endorsement when you apply online to the Department of Home Affairs. You will not be eligible for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa to participate in SISA, if you are not endorsed by the South Australian Government. 
  9. The Department of Home Affairs will assess your application and advise you and Immigration SA if you have been granted a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. You must advise on your application to the Department of Home Affairs that you authorise Immigration SA to receive advice from the Department of Home Affairs on the outcome of your application for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

If you choose to apply directly via Option 2:

  1. Immigration SA will forward your business concept, or idea or proposal to the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur for assessment.  
  2. Assessment by the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur will be undertaken quarterly. 
  3. A panel will assess your application and advise Immigration SA if the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur will support your business concept/proposal. 
  4. The South Australian Government (Immigration SA) will provide you with a Letter of Endorsement subject to you meeting all relevant requirements, upon receipt of support from the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur. 
  5. The Letter of Endorsement is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. You must lodge an application to the Department of Home Affairs within this 60- day period. 
  6. You must include this Letter of Endorsement when you apply online to the Department of Home Affairs. You will not be eligible to apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa to participate in SISA, if you are not endorsed by the South Australian Government. 
  7. The Department of Home Affairs will assess your application and advise you and Immigration SA if you have been granted a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. You will have to advise on your application to the Department of Home Affairs that you authorise Immigration SA to receive advice from the Department of Home Affairs on the outcome of your application for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

Your obligations

Applicants who are issued with the SISA Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa will:

  1. Observe and participate in the schedule planned for you by the service provider if you used this pathway – all participation arrangements will be between you and the service provider; and/or
  2. Actively participate in the South Australian Government planned innovation and entrepreneurial events relevant to your project/idea/proposal, e.g. SouthStart Conference, Entrepreneurs’ Week if you used the ‘direct’ pathway;  
  3. Participate in surveys related to SISA that may be conducted by your service provider or the South Australian Government; 
  4. Create a business that has the potential to become a sustainable high-growth start-up, with the future potential to employ South Australians;
  5. Assist in building the capacity and capability of the South Australian business community through engagement with the local entrepreneurial and innovation community; 
  6. 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. 

Other information

Eligibility for permanent residence

The Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa is a temporary visa only. The pathway to permanent residence mentioned in the Minister’s media release will be available through the existing permanent residence pathways, if you can meet the relevant visa requirements after your period of temporary stay. 

Work rights

The primary purpose of the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa you were granted, is to work on SISA related activities (such as your own start-up). This could potentially be paid work, either as part of your start-up’s structure itself, or as part of work in South Australia’s start-up/innovation ecosystem (e.g. talks, mentoring, etc.).  

There will be no limit on the amount of paid employment you can undertake in SISA activities.

You may also engage in up to 20 hours a week of other work that supports you to participate in SISA. 

Your dependents will have have unlimited work and study rights. If they choose to study, they will have to pay international student fees.