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Australia is part of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa scheme. This program provides opportunities for resourceful, self-reliant and adaptable young people to holiday in Australia and to supplement their funds through incidental employment.
Australia has reciprocal Working Holiday (subclass 417) arrangements in effect with the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Cyprus, Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. For those from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand and the United States, the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) should be applied for.
Both visas allow you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and permits work of a temporary or casual nature. As the main purpose of the visit is for holiday and travel, working for longer than six months with any employer is not allowed. You can also study for up to four months and leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is still valid. Work in some rural industries brings eligibility to a second year but only for those on the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417).
For further general information about the WHM visa scheme and online applications, please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website.
If you are applying for a WHM Visa through your local Australian Embassy or Consular Office it will take up to five weeks to be approved. In some cases, the Department of Immigration may contact you before they reach a decision to:
Request additional information
Ask you to undergo a health check
Arrange an interview at an Australian Diplomatic office.