What happens if I have been temporarily laid off from work or made redundant?

If you hold a temporary work visa sponsored by an employer and have been temporarily stood down, been placed on extended leave without pay or been made redundant, then your employer will likely notify the Department of this.

The Department announced on 4 April 2020, that they will probably not take steps to cancel temporary visas, where the visa holder has been temporarily stood down (this might be case by case). Visa holders in these situations will continue to have the opportunity to apply for another visa as per normal arrangements and subject to all criterion being satisfied.

If you have been made redundant, you will need to find a new sponsor, or depart the country in line with existing visa conditions. You should contact us immediately if you receive any notice from the Department that they are considering cancelling your visa.

The Department have also announced that sponsored employees will not be considered to have breached their visa conditions if their working hours are reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In line with the latest announcement, should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the coronavirus pandemic, time that they have already spent in Australia will count towards their permanent residency skilled work experience requirements.