Working Visas in Australia

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Working Visas in Australia

Working Visas in Australia

The more airlines compete, the more people are going to travel. Travellers are looking to experience other cultures by living & working among them. 

Australia is a very popular working holiday destination. The cost of travel is high, and depending on your lifestyle & social life, the cost of living is high. But those costs are offset by working in Australia on a working holiday visa, and still being able to save funds for extensive travel around the continent. To live and work in Australia can be a cost effective way to experience it.

There are few limits to the kind of employment a working holiday maker can undertake. Traditionally most of the jobs have been in hospitality or harvest work, many work in finance, education, health care and other industries. The agricultural & produce sector, in particular the fruit picking and wine harvesting industries, provide excellent opportunities for travellers to work in exchange for food and/or accommodation and often extra cash. It’s not hard to find one of the online or offline ads offering free accommodation in exchange for a couple of hours work a day in hotels, hostels and other accommodation places.

Australian Working Holiday Visa’s

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Tourism Research Australia report that 321,000 working holiday makers arrived in Australia every year as of December 2016. These included 57,000 from the UK, 35,200 from Korea, and 33,600 and from Germany, who generated more than $3 billion annually into the Australia economy.


Working Holiday (subclass 417)

  • Must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) - (except for 18 to 35 (inclusive) for Irish and Canadian passport holders)
  • Must have an eligible passport with at least 6 months until its renewal
  • Must not be accompanied by dependent children
  • Must also be of good character and of good health
  • Must be from a country with which Australia has a reciprocal agreement
  • Must be able to show sufficient funds for a return or onward fare as well as sufficient funds for the first part of your stay


Countries with a reciprocal agreement with Australia

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Travellers from the United States are not eligible for the Australian Working Holiday Visa. If you are from the US you should instead apply for the Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462).



Work and Holiday (subclass 462)

This visa lets people have an extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.

  • Must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive)
  • Must have a passport from an eligible country
  • Must not be accompanied by dependent children
  • Must have an eligible passport with at least 6 months until its renewal
  • Must also be of good character and of good health
  • Must be able to show sufficient funds for a return or onward fare as well as sufficient funds for the first part of your stay


Countries with a reciprocal agreement with Australia

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Chile
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Other conditions:

  • A sufficient amount of money is regarded as being a minimum of $5,000 AUD, although the amount may vary depending the length of stay and amount of traveling. If you are carrying a total of $10,000 AUD or more, or equivalent in foreign currency, you must declare the money on your Incoming Passenger Card and when questioned by Australian Customs officials upon arrival.
  • Work should be incidental to travel, with the main purpose for the visit being tourism.
  • Must not work for the same employer for more than 6 months, unless in more than one location.
  • Must have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia.

Since 1 January 2017, a so-called backpacker tax has applied to the income of working holiday visa holders at an initial rate of 15%.

People working in Australia on a working holiday visa are entitled to the same pay and work conditions as Australian residents and citizens.

Working holiday visa holders are generally not covered by the Australian Medicare health insurance scheme. Limited access may be available because of a reciprocal agreement between Medicare and your home country.

You must apply for the working holiday visa outside of Australia.




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