Overview

The “Working Holiday visa” and the “Work and Holiday visa” (two different visas) allow people from certain countries who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) to travel and work in Australia for 12 months. In some cases you can be between 18 and 35 years old.

The visas are issued under cultural exchange programs negotiated between the Australian Government and participating overseas governments, and usually allow young Australians to also travel and work in the agreement country.

Not all countries participate in the work and holiday program.

In some cases you can apply for a second and third working holiday visa depending on the kind of work you do in Australia.

More information about these visas is set out below.

Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417)

The Working Holiday Visa is a temporary visa that allows people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – from certain countries to have an extended holiday in Australia and to work to help fund the trip.

The visa is valid for 12 months.

A second Working Holiday visa may be granted to those who complete three months of specified work in regional Australia while holding their first Working Holiday visa. From 1 July 2019, a third Working Holiday visa may be granted where the visa holder meets additional specified work requirements.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia for up to twelve months
  • leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like in that twelve months
  • study for up to four months
  • work for a single employer for no more than six months
  • apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you are eligible.

To apply for this visa, you must:

  • hold a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction:
    Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35 (inclusive)
  • apply online from outside Australia
  • not include partners or dependent children in the application (they have to apply separately)
  • not have previously held this visa.
  • meet health and character requirements.
  • Second Working Holiday visa

    To applying for a second Working Holiday visa, you must have completed three calendar months of specified work in regional Australia.

    Third Working Holiday visa

    From 1 July 2019, to apply for a third Working Holiday visa, you must have completed six calendar months of specified work in regional Australia while holding your second Working Holiday visa.

    Work for both extensions includes paid work carried out in the following industries:

    • plant and animal cultivation
    • fishing and pearling
    • tree farming and felling
    • mining
    • construction.

    Please note that voluntary work is not accepted as ‘work’ for the purposes of applying for a second or third Working Holiday visa and you need to provide evidence of paid full-time employment in regional Australia.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy. The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 70 days
  • 90% of applications: 4 months.

The visa costs AUD$485.

There are other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics, and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)

The Work and Holiday Visa is a temporary visa that allows people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) from certain other countries to have an extended holiday in Australia and to work to help fund the trip.

The difference between this visa and the other Work and Holiday visa is the named countries and additional educational requirements to apply for this version of the visa,

The visa is valid for 12 months.

A second Work and Holiday visa may be granted to those who complete three months of specified work in regional Australia while holding their first Work and Holiday visa. From 1 July 2019, a third Work and Holiday visa may be granted where the visa holder meets additional specified work requirements.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia for up to twelve months
  • leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like in that twelve months
  • study for up to four months
  • work for a single employer for no more than six months
  • apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you are eligible.

To apply for this visa, you must:

  • hold a passport from one of the following countries:
    Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, United States of America, Vietnam
  • be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive)
  • apply online from outside Australia
  • not include partners or dependent children in the application (they have to apply separately)
  • not have previously held this visa
  • meet health and character requirements.

Depending on your country of nationality, you may need to meet other specific requirements such as:

  • Have a tertiary qualification or have completed 2 years of undergraduate university study
  • Have at least functional English
  • Include a letter of support from your home government.

Second Work and Holiday visa

To apply for your second Work and Holiday visa, you must have completed three calendar months of specified work in regional Australia.

Third Work and Holiday visa

From 1 July 2019, to be eligible for a third Work and Holiday visa, you must have completed six calendar months of specified work in regional Australia while on your second Working Holiday visa.

Work for both extensions includes paid work in the following industries:

  • plant and animal cultivation in northern Australia and other specified areas of regional Australia
  • fishing and pearling in northern Australia only
  • tree farming and felling in northern Australia only
  • tourism and hospitality in northern Australia only.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy. The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 84 days
  • 90% of applications: 4 months.

The visa costs AUD$485.

There are other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics, and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

To discover whether you are eligible for a Work and Holiday visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

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