Skip to main content

Visa Application Guide for the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2023


23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2023

27 – 30 November 2023

International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia


We are delighted to assist with your registration to attend the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2023 and have compiled the below information which should be helpful to guide you through your visa application process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Organising Team using the details provided below.


Visa options:

Participants, attendees, and speakers that will not be working outside of attending the World Congress may be eligible to apply for the following visa options:

  • Visitor (subclass 600) Business stream visa.

For more information see: listing/visitor-600/business-visitor-stream

  • Electronic Travel Authority – ETA (subclass 601).

For eligible passport holders and more information see: 601

  • eVisitor (subclass 651) Business Stream visa.

For eligible passport holders and more information see:

Foreign government representatives may also be eligible to apply for a Visitor visa option as above. The visa application charge (VAC) for the Visitor (subclass 600) Business stream visa can be waived for an applicant who applies in the course of acting as a representative of a foreign

government and provides the department with supporting evidence. In most cases, such persons will identify themselves at time of application by presenting a diplomatic, or official, passport, however applicants can also provide other types of supporting evidence, such as a third person note of support from their government.


Attendees, speakers, and exhibitors that will be working at the event, or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible to apply for one of the following visa options:


Please note that a the letter of support from an Australian organisation is a legislative requirement for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408)(Invited Participant) visa.

NB: These are the visa options available presently, but the Department reserves the right to change regulations. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

For more information about which visa type is most relevant to your individual circumstances, we recommend contacting your local embassy.



Visa applicants outside of Australia will need to provide biometrics when they apply for a visa that is part of the Australian biometrics program, or where they are from a country, or located in a country at time of application that is part of the Australian biometrics program.

For information regarding Australia’s biometric program including visas and countries that are part of the program, please see: requirements/biometrics


Visa Application Process and Processing Times:

Visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether the applicant has lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents, and paid associated visa application charges
  • how promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • when the application is lodged taking the current global visa processing times into account

Processing times are impacted each month by cases that are complex, changes to volume of applications and changes to Ministerial Directions. More information about visa processing times please see: For this reason, we would advise that visa applications be lodged at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to a person’s intended date of travel.


Border and Entry Requirements:

Travellers should familiarise themselves with Australia’s border and entry requirements. For further information, see ‘Entering and leaving Australia’ at:

Please feel free to contact the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work team via the details provided below if you need any further assistance or to discuss our service in more detail.


23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Professional Conference Organiser
Managed by Arinex Pty Ltd



Tel: +61 (2) 9265 0700






More News

29 May, 2023
Meet Abena Bemah, a tireless advocate for young construction workers in Ghana. Selected as a fellow to attend the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Sydney, Abena brings her unique insights, ground-breaking research, and deep passion to this global platform, with a clear mission: to elevate the health and safety of young workers on construction sites worldwide.
23 May, 2023
Naveen Lakshmaiya, a Fijian health and safety expert, will be attending the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health as an esteemed fellow. In our exclusive interview, Lakshmaiya discusses the importance of innovation in health and safety, shares how his organisation is pioneering new approaches to workplace well-being, and details the multi-faceted framework they've put in place to ensure a holistic approach to employee safety.
16 May, 2023
Australia's first World Congress on workplace health and safety, hosted by SafeWork NSW and the International Labour Organization, will take place in Sydney from 27-30 November 2023. The international event will gather experts to discuss key topics including the gig economy, emerging technologies, safety culture, and psychosocial hazards. Keynote speakers include AFL legend Adam Goodes, futurist Dominic Price, and safety advocate Candice Carnahan. The Congress aims to 'Shape Change' in the evolving world of work and enhance worker protection. For more details and registration, visit

23rd World Congress | Sydney, Australia

Sign up to our newsletter

Don’t miss out on World Congress announcements and work health and safety insights and research – direct to your inbox.