To qualify for a Business Owner Visa or the State Sponsored Business Owner Visa you must show evidence that you participate directly in the operations of your business on a day to day basis, and that you have also participated in the decisions affecting the overall direction and performance of the business throughout the 24 months leading up to the date of your business visa application.
If you spend more than six weeks abroad within that 24 month period, you must show what business management activities you undertook while you were absent.
You must also provide an overview of your business career and intentions for the growth of your business, outlining your business activities, the size and length of your business ownership, details of your management role over the past 2 years, net assets of your business throughout the 12 months before application, your turnover, and any evidence of acquisitions, partnerships, trusts, or franchise agreements that relate directly to the nature of your business.
Other evidence that will support your application are business contracts, meeting minutes, pricing structure, Bank and Profit and Loss statements, strategic plans, evidence of your Australian Business number (ABN), your Business Activity Statements (BAS) for the past two years, and business taxation returns for the past two years.
You may also be required to show residency/citizenship status of people within your employ, such as a copy of their passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate.
Additionally, you should be prepared to submit photographs of your business premises and business activities (maximum six photos).