01. Who is SISA for?
02. What does SISA involve?
03. How do I participate?
04. How do I apply for South Australian Government endorsement to participate in SISA?
05. What visa will I be on?
06. How long will the visa be?
07. When will the application for Supporting Innovation in South Australia close?
08. What is the cost of the visa?
09. Do I have to pay an application fee to Immigration SA?
10. If my application to participate in SISA is endorsed by the South Austalian Government, does this mean that I have a visa to travel to South Australia or Australia?
11. How long will it take from the time I apply to the Australian Department of Home Affairs, to be granted a visa?
12.Can I bring my family?
13 What entitlements will they have?
14. Do I need private health cover?
15. Can I access medical and health benefits like permanent residents and Australian citizens?
16. I have school-going children. Will they be treated as international students, and have to pay international student fees?
17. Can international students participate in SISA?
18. Can international graduates on a subclass 485 participate in SISA?
19. I graduated from an international educational institution and hold a subclass 485. Can I participate in SISA?
20. Can I work while holding a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa to participate in SISA?
21. Can my dependents work and/or study?
22. Eligibility for permanent residence
23. Can I operate as a sole trader?
24. Can I establish a company?
25. Can I access Government of South Australia grant programs?
26. Can I request a face to face meeting to speak to someone about SISA?
Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA) is for promising overseas seed-stage entrepreneurs – anyone who has an innovative, entrepreneurial idea or concept, or is working on an innovative early-stage business ideally with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and some demonstrable traction or market fit, and wants to develop this idea or concept and build their business in South Australia.
Entrepreneurs will participate in SISA by taking forward innovative ideas in South Australia and attending regular entrepreneurial and innovation events. New entrepreneurs will be connected with key events and activities within the local ecosystem to help them develop and progress their business. The Office of the Chief Entrepreneur will serve as a key point of contact to engage with key entrepreneurship services across industry and tertiary education sectors.
Entrepreneurs must first be endorsed by the South Australian Government (Department for Innovation and Skills), and then apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa in order to participate.
Instructions on how to apply, the application charge, demonstration of your financial capacity to live in South Australia and other relevant information on SISA can be found on the Immigration SA website.
You can apply for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa, in the Australian Government Endorsed Event stream to participate in SISA.
SISA will run for three years, commencing November 2018 and ending November 2021. However, the length of your visa will be dependent on when the visa is granted. If, for example, you are granted a visa on November 2018, your visa will end in November 2021, making it three years. But, if you are granted a visa in June 2019, your visa will still end on November 2021, making it two years and five months.
The South Australian Government will accept applications up until November 2020.
The visa application charge is $285. This fee is subject to change, for more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
You must also ensure that you have the financial capacity to live in South Australia before applying to the Department of Home Affairs for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa. View financial requirements here.
Yes. There is a $200 non-refundable application fee.
10. If my application to participate in SISA is endorsed by the South Australian Government, does this mean that I have a visa to travel to South Australia or Australia?
No. The Australian Department of Home Affairs is the only Government organisation that can grant a visa for you to enter Australia on a temporary or permanent basis. You must make an online application to the Australian Department of Home Affairs for a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa and include the letter of endorsement provided to you by the South Australian Government.
Until you are advised by the Australian Department of Home Affairs of the outcome of your application, do not make any monetary arrangements or other arrangements to travel to South Australia or Australia.
11. How long will it take from the time I apply to the Australian Department of Home Affairs to be granted a visa?
Indicative processing times for a Temporary Activity visa are available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The Department of Home Affairs assesses applications on a case-by-case basis and processing times can vary due to individual circumstances.
Yes. For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see the Department of Home Affairs website.
Visit the Department for Home Affairs website for information on bringing your family, their obligations and what they may do.
Yes, health insurance requirements are listed on the Department of Home Affairs website.
No. You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. For more information please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
16. I have school-aged children. Will they be treated as international students and have to pay international student fees?
You will only need to pay local fees for school-aged dependents at public primary and secondary schools in South Australia.
No. The policy intent for SISA is to attract international seed-stage entrepreneurs. As an international student, you were granted a student visa to undertake and complete your study, which is the main purpose of the student visa. For more information please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Yes, but in limited circumstances. If you currently hold a subclass 485 visa, are engaged in a structured program offered by one of the five identified South Australian innovation eco-system providers and the provider organisation will support your application to participate in SISA, you will be considered.
19. I graduated from an interstate educational institution and hold a subclass 485. Can I participate in SISA?
Yes, provided you are presently engaged in a structured program offered by one of the identified South Australian innovation eco-system providers and the provider organisation will support your application to participate in SISA.
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.
Yes. Your dependents have unlimited work and study rights. You will only need to pay local fees for school-aged dependents at public primary and secondary schools in South Australia. If they are studying at university, they will have to pay international student fees.
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.
Yes, you can operate as a sole trader.
- Proprietary companies (‘Pty’) must have at least one director who must ‘ordinarily reside in Australia’.
- Public companies must have at least three directors, two of whom must ‘ordinarily reside in Australia’.
To be eligible for a Government of South Australia grant, you must be an individual or organisation in the process of forming a business with a South Australian nexus. This includes a body established by or under an Act of the State, or a company or registered body within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
An individual or organisation will be considered as having a South Australian nexus if the majority of its (or its proposed) business is in South Australia or the grant applicant’s project is to be developed in South Australia.
Immigration SA does not offer face-to-face meetings for SISA. Should you have any questions regarding SISA requirements or application process, please submit an online enquiry through the Immigration SA Apply website or by visiting the Contact Us page.