BA Foreign Player & Coach Policy

The content of the Policy is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute immigration or legal advice. Basketball Australia (BA) attempt to ensure that the content of the Policy is current but we do not guarantee its currency.  You should seek legal or other professional advice (including but not limited to specialised advice from a registered migration agent) before acting or relying on any of the content of this Policy.  BA is not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this Policy. 

Under the Migration Act 1958 (Act), a person who is not a registered migration agent must not provide immigration assistance as defined by the Act.  Whilst BA might be able to provide some assistance, including performing clerical duties in order to lodge endorsement or visa applications with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), BA is not permitted to provide you with specific immigration assistance or advice.


Please ensure you read the following BA Foreign Player & Coach Immigration document before commencing your application to sponsor a player or coach.

2018 Player Coach Policy


BA Approval

Applicants are advised to apply online via the below link when seeking Basketball Australia Approval.

BA Foreign Player Application

BA Domestic Clearance Form*
FIBA Oceania Foreign Player Application Form

*If required
^To be sent direct to FIBA Oceania


Players Born in Other Oceania Regions

BA Foreign Player Application
FIBA Oceania Foreign Player Application Form*

*To be sent direct to FIBA Oceania


International Clearances

A letter of clearance must be obtained from the national member federation where a player was last licensed before he/she can be licensed by another member federation.

The only reason for which a national member federation may refuse to grant the request for a letter of clearance is if the player is under contract to play for his club beyond the scheduled transfer date. A letter of clearance may not be delayed or refused because of a monetary dispute between a club and a player.

The national member federation requesting a letter of clearance must indicate the name, nationality and license number of the FIBA player’s agent(s) involved in the transfer, where applicable.

Any player who last played Basketball overseas (including US College or High School) before joining Australian club, need to get an International Clearance.

All players who last played in USA or Canada need to seek clearance direct with USA Basketball or Canada Basketball, as well as Basketball Australia.

All players who last played in NBA, WNBA or NBA G League need to seek clearance from Basketball Australia,  NOT USA Basketball.

International Clearance can take up to 7 days to process, and urgent requests under 48hrs are not acceptable.

International Clearance Request


Subclass 408 Endorsement Letter

The subclass 408 (Temporary Long Stay) visa application requires a letter of endorsement from the National Sporting Organisation.

Clubs will need to apply to BA requesting an Endorsement letter, which will only be granted if clubs supply a copy of passport and player resume to Basketball Australia. If BA believes the player meets the below criteria it will then issue the club with the letter of endorsement.  Provision of a letter of endorsement is at BA's sole discretion.

BA shall only endorse a visa nomination application where:

  • in the case of a player, the Club demonstrates to BA that the player:
    • at least two years of which should be in the US or Canadian College system (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCAA) or any Professional League worldwide;
  • in the case of a coach, the Club demonstrates to BA that the coach:
    • holds a post-secondary qualification requiring a minimum of three years full-time study in a relevant discipline (such as physical education) and/or an equivalent coaching qualification acceptable to BA;
    • has had, within the last seven years, at least five years professional employment as a coach in a high school or NCAA program, or in a comparable league competition (for nominees from both the USA, Europe or elsewhere);


However, BA reserves its right to depart from the above criteria in exceptional circumstances; or withdraw support for a player or coach for any reason including, but not limited to:

  • if that person acts in a manner that brings BA, a League or the sport of basketball into disrepute; or
  • f that person acts in a manner prejudicial to the interests of BA, a League or the sport of basketball

Endorsement Letter Request


Penal clearance requirements:

In order for the Australian Government to determine whether you are of good character, you may need to provide a penal clearance certificate. These certificates are also known as a police certificate in some countries.

**Once the cumulative time spent in Australia reaches 12 months they may be required to get a Federal Police Check and a FBI check.

If a player has previously spent more than 12 months in Australia and applies for a further 408 visa they will be required to obtain police checks from any country they have spent more than 2 months in since the previous 408 visa.

Instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority are available in the following document.

FBI Check

FBI Check Application Form
FBI Credit Card Payment Form
FBI Standard Fingerprint form
FBI Record Request Checklist

AFP Check

Click Here to access information on the Australian National Police Check.

Visa applicants should use Code 33 (Complete disclosure), fingerprints are not required for Australian National Police Checks.



For further information, please contact:

Mark Quinn + 61 3 9847 2346

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