There will be changes to specified work for working holiday visa holders. These changes come into effect this year, and impact visa subclasses 417 and 462. You can learn more about Australia’s working holiday visa on our dedicated webpage.
Specified work for Working Holiday Visa
In order to qualify for a second and third year working holiday visa, applicants must complete specified work in regional Australia. To be eligible for a second year, you must have carried out at least 3 months of specified work. To be eligible for a third year, you must have carried out at least 6 months of specified work on or after 1 July 2019.
Currently, specified work includes the following industries:
- tourism and hospitality in northern or remote and very remote Australia, from 22 June 2021
- plant and animal cultivation in regional Australia
- fishing and pearling in regional Australia
- tree farming and felling in regional Australia
- mining in regional Australia
- construction in regional Australia
- bushfire recovery work in declared bushfire affected areas only, after 31 July 2019
- critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors anywhere in Australia, after 31 January 2020
Reference: Department of Home Affairs on 21/04/2022
Regional Australia can be determined by postcodes listed on the Department website.
Changes to specified work for Working Holiday Visa
The type and locations of specified work for working holiday makers is changing. From 1 July 2022, more areas of Australia will be classified as regional. Moreover, new job roles will be included as specified work.
These changes include:
- add flood recovery work and areas for this work as specified work for these visas
- update bushfire recovery work details to include voluntary work
- increase the areas in which tourism and hospitality work must be carried out
If you would like to learn more, you can read the Migration Amendment Instrument.
You can complete our free online assessment to see if you qualify for a working holiday visa. Alternatively, you may wish to learn about Australia’s skilled visa pathways. These are suitable for those wishing to live and work in Australia on a more permanent basis. Moreover, you may choose this pathway if you’ve already used your working holiday visa or do not qualify. In most instances you can include family members in a skilled visa application.