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Working Holiday Visa
Applying for an Australian Working Holiday Visa
The Australia Working Holiday Visa gives young people between the ages of 18 and 30 (and in some cases between the ages of 18 and 35) the opportunity to enjoy working holidays (i.e. an extended stay supplemented by working in Australia) for up to 36 months.
What are the conditions of the Australian Working Holiday Visa?
The scheme gives Australia Working Holiday Visa holders casual work rights in order to supplement their travels. Work undertaken must be incidental to the main purpose of holidaying and employment for more than 6 months with any one employer is not allowed. The application for a first Working Holiday Visa must be made offshore (i.e. not in Australia).
Working Holiday Visa Australia – Basic Requirements
- You must be between 18 and 30 years old except for Canadian, Irish and French passport holders who can be between 18 and 35.
- You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months until renewal.
- You must have sufficient funds to support yourself when you arrive in Australia.
Working Holiday Visa Australia – Health and Character Requirements
- You must not have any substantial criminal convictions.
- You must not have any substantial medical issues.
How can a Working Holiday Visa be extended?
The Government will allow Working Holiday Visa holders the opportunity to apply for a second Working Holiday Visa provided they have worked as a specified worker in regional Australia for 3 months.
Australia Working Holiday Visa holders working in Australia in several primary industries, including plant / animal cultivation, fishing, tree farming, mining and construction work, will be defined as ‘specified workers’ and be eligible to apply for a second working holiday visa, thus extending their trip from 12 months to 24. Applications for a second Australia Working Holiday Visa can be made both offshore and onshore in Australia.