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Currently, Australia welcomes more than 200,000 working holiday makers each year.
Australia is part of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa scheme, providing opportunities for young people to holiday in Australia and supplement their travel funds through short-term employment. The visa allows a stay of up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia, regardless of whether or not you spend the whole time in Australia.
Australia has reciprocal working holiday arrangements with 19 countries. Applicants from those countries aged 18-30 years who hold a valid passport are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa in Australia.
People from Belgium, Canada, the Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom are eligible for the Australian Working Holiday Visa.
Working holiday makers are permitted to undertake casual or temporary work for no longer than 6 months with any one employer.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has further information about the WHM scheme, including how to apply online.
Australian Work and Holiday Visas may be available for tertiary-educated people from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
These visas provide similar opportunities to the WHM visa scheme, but have different requirements.
Please note that residents from the USA are exempt from the tertiary education requirement.
The DIAC website has further information on how to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa.
Alternatively, if you plan to undertake study while in Australia, DIAC has a range of Student Visasavailable, depending on the type of study to be undertaken.
Loved your time in Australia so much you want to stay a little while longer? Working holiday makers on a subclass 417 visa may apply for a second Working Holiday visa valid for a further 12 months if they work in any regional primary industry – for example, farm work – for three months (88 days).
Both subclass 417 and subclass 462 visa holders are able to seek an extension for up to 12 months if they work in Northern Australia (places like Darwin, Broome and North Queensland) three months (88 days) in aged and disability care; agriculture, forestry and fishing; construction; mining; or tourism and hospitality. For example, Working Holiday Makers employed at a café in Cairns or a bar in Broome may be eligible for a second working holiday visa.
yha.com.au also has information about setting up a bank account for working holiday visa holders, getting your tax back on an Australian working holiday visa/help with your tax return and employer expectations, including resumes/CVs.