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I'm going to Australia for both business and pleasure for two weeks. Do I need a special visa for this?

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The relevant visa for this case seems to be ETA (Business Entrant - Short Validity) subclass 977. Since you mentioned you're going for a conference, a longer validity business visa should not be required. It can be applied for online.

Visitor/tourist visas will probably not fit as only 'limited volunteer work' is allowed under them.

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I don't get what you mean about the longer validity for the conference? The whole trip should be two weeks. – Michael Pryor Jun 28 '11 at 23:35
@Michael: Oops, typo. I missed out a 'not' after 'should'. – Ankur Banerjee Jun 28 '11 at 23:37
Yes the visa Ankur mentions is the visa you require. It gives you permission to stay in Australia for 3 months in one visit, but you can also make as many visits you like over the course of a year. – anothershrubery Jun 29 '11 at 8:04

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