In response to COVID-19, the Australian Government introduced temporary changes to visa arrangements for affected SWP and PLS workers. These changes allow Pacific and Timorese workers to continue working in Australia during the pandemic, and be redeployed where required.
In addition, PLS workers who have spent 3 years in Australia as a holder of one or more PLS visas can apply for a new PLS visa to remain in Australia for a further 12 months while COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place.
For information on how to stay in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Department of Home Affairs COVID-19 website. Or, for general health advice and information about COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health website.