Can Digital Nomads Work in Australia on a Tourist Visa?

Digital Nomad

Can Digital Nomads Work in Australia on a Tourist Visa?  A visitor subclass 600 (tourist) visa allows you to visit Australia for visitor purposes.  A stay of up to three, six or 12 months can be issued.  Holders of an Australian tourist visa are subject to condition 8101 – The holder must not engage in work in Australia.   So how does this affect Digital Nomads who visit Australia but have online work to complete for their own business or for an overseas employer?   Digital nomad is  term applied to people who use online technology to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.   They may work from any location and any country where they have access to the internet.     Most digital nomads work for themselves but some forward thinking companies have embraced this work arrangement and allow their employees to work remotely too.   It is a fast growing lifestyle with statistics showing the freelance workforce is increasing 3 times faster than the traditional workforce.

Our Migration Agent Sydney explored the policy interpretation of condition 8101 to find that “online work” is unlikely to be a breach of condition 8101 if, the online work is incidental to a holiday.  Policy states if the applicant is holidaying in Australia for a short period and wishes to keep on top of work back home (that is, the online work is incidental to their trip) or the visa holder continues their overseas work online, such persons are unlikely to be in breach of condition 8101 and are unlikely to be taking a job away from an Australian.

Each application will be assessed on its own merits and digital nomads may wish to declare their work arrangements to DHA in their visa application.