All overseas screen directors seeking to work in Australia must consult with the relevant union, in the case of screen directors, the Australian Directors Guild, under the 420 Visa regime (the Visa) prior to applying for a 420 Visa.

To secure the Visa, the applicant must be sponsored by an Australian company or an Australian permanent resident or citizen (the Australian Sponsor). Requirements vary depending on the type of production.

The ADG assesses applications for a 420 Visa on the regulations as outlined in the Immigration Act.

Applications for overseas personnel to be engaged on film or television productions being produced in Australia are considered within the parameters of the Migration Regulations and, in particular, with reference to the extent to which the application complies with the provisions of the Net Employment Benefit Test under the Migrations Regulations. The Net Employment Benefit Test requires the Sponsor to demonstrate that the engagement of the overseas person/s will lead to greater employment of Australians in the entertainment industry than would have been the case had Australian personnel been engaged.

The Migration Act Regulations 1994 require that the Australian Sponsor consult with the ADG in relation to the application for the Visa.

The Visa Application form is available here in Word and PDF.

The fee for the ADG reviewing the Application and providing the Visa Response Letter is currently $550.00 per overseas screen director.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please call us on 02 9555 7045 or 1300 539 639 or email us at

Reports & Submissions

Documentary Guidelines Second Draft Response

October 2014 - Response to the Second Draft Documentary Guidelines released by Screen Australia in September 2014

Online Copyright Infringement Response

September 2014 - Response to the "Online Copyright Infringement" Discussion Paper

Draft Documentary Guidelines Response

July 2014 - Response to the draft documentary guidelines released by Screen Australia in June 2014

Documentary Funding Response

April 2014 - Response to Screen Australia’s paper "Documentary funding: Stories that matter"

ADG Final Response to Screen Australia Paper

4 April 2014 - Response to Screen Australia’s paper: "Documentary Funding: Stories that matter"

Response to the Enterprise Paper

January 2014 - Response to the Enterprise Paper

ALRC Submission

April 2012 - Submission to the Attorney General’s Department on the Australia’s Law Reform Commission draft terms of reference on copyright.

2011 Convergence Review

09 November 2011 - Submission to the 2011 Convergence Review, October 2011.

2011 National Cultural Policy

09 November 2011 - Submission to the National Cultural Policy October 2011