If you hold a Temporary visa and your visa is nearing expiry date and you are unable to leave Australia, you may have an option to apply for a subclass 408 visa under SPECIAL Government Stream for COVID-19. You will be able to remain in Australia if you have no other visa options and are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
You will be able to remain in Australia to assist in critical sectors including healthcare, disability and aged care, childcare and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You do not need to be endorsed in writing to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa. The COVID-19 Pandemic event visa is only available to people who are onshore and have 28 days or less remaining on their current visa or where their last substantive visa has expired up to 28 days previously.
If you are granted this visa, you may remain in Australia for up to 4 years.