Working Holiday Visas In Australia

by Anthony Bianco

Looking to travel in Australia and earn a bit of extra cash at the same time?

Well, an Australian Working Holiday visa might be what you’ve been looking for!

What Is A Working Holiday Visa and Why Apply For One?

A working holiday visa allows a holder to work while on holiday in Australia. The aim of this visa is to exchange cultural values, knowledge and skills, while these visa holders experience what Australia has to offer.

These visas encourage cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries. The Working Holiday program allows people aged between 18 and 30 years to travel within Australia, as well as supplementing their funds via employment.

Working holiday makers can work full time in Australia, but for a maximum set period with each employer.

Types Of Working Holiday Visa And Who Can Apply

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The Australian Government Working Holiday Maker programme consists of two visas depending on your country of residence:

You can view the eligible countries for the 417 and 462 visas at the links above as the Department of Home Affairs updates these regularly.

What Kind Of Work Is Permitted On A Working Holiday Visa?

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These types of visas allow you to stay and work in Australia in all types of full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work for up to 12 months – up to a maximum of 6 months with any one employer.

You can also study for a maximum of 4 months, and can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid. When applying for the relevant visa, you need to demonstrate you have sufficient funds to support yourself on a working holiday for the entire time that you are in Australia.

Is There An Age Limit For A Working Holiday Visa?

Yes. If you are a citizen from an eligible country, you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa If you're aged between 18 and 30. You can still apply before you turn 31.

You will not be eligible for these visas if you have a dependent child.

How Do I Apply For A Working Holiday Visa?

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You can apply online or lodge a paper form for either the 417 or 462 visas. You must apply for your visa before you arrive in Australia.

You can see more at the Department of Home Affairs website:

How Long Does The Working Holiday Visa Last?

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Both the 417 and 462 visas allow a stay of up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia - regardless of whether you spend that entire time in the country.

For those who wish to stay in Australia longer than 12 months, there is also an optional 12-month extension available for people who have completed 3 months specified work in certain rural areas of Australia.

Do I Need Health Cover When In Australia On A Working Holiday Visa?

While you are in Australia on your working holiday visa, you will be responsible for all your health costs while you are in the country. The Department of Home Affairs recommends health insurance for 417 and 462 visas.

Your health costs will not be covered by Medicare, Australia's national health system unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. Australia has reciprocal health agreements with a number of other countries, which you can view at the Department of Human Services website.

If your country is not covered by a reciprocal health agreement, Allianz Global Assistance provides Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC) for both the Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462).

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