Work visas issued in Australia allow temporary visa holders to undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work which is an important part of the Australian workforce. These work visas are granted to diversify business expertise, address skill shortages, and increase entrepreneurial talent within Australia.
Working holiday visas allow holders to work while on holiday in Australia. The aim of these visas is to exchange cultural values, knowledge and skills, while visa holders experience what Australia has to offer. Working holiday makers can work full time in Australia, but for a maximum set period with each employer.
Visitor visas are granted to people who visit Australia on holiday, visiting friends and family, social or recreational reasons, or other short-term non-work visits. There are various types of visas available for visiting Australia which reflect the length of stay, nationality, current location and the purpose of the visit. Visitor visa holders have limited work rights in Australia. Holders can attend business meetings and undergo short training courses, but cannot work for an Australian employer.
Bridging visas are temporary visas that are granted while a substantive visa application is being processed. Depending on the bridging visa, you may or may not return to Australia if you leave the country whilst you are waiting for your substantive visa to be approved. Bridging visas vary in terms of work rights - some are granted with full work rights, whereas others require evidence of financial hardship for grant of work rights.