This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – have their first extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.
– Hold a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
– Be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35 (inclusive)
– Apply online from outside Australia
not be accompanied by dependent children
– Not have previously entered Australia on a subclass 417 or 462 visa. If you have previously been in Australia on a subclass 417 visa, see the second Working Holiday visa.
With this visa
– Do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday
– Study for up to 4 months
– Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
– Do 3 months of specified work to become eligible for a second Working Holiday visa
You can do any kind of work on this visa.
Usually, you can only work for the same employer for 6 months.
If the main purpose of your stay is to work, consider a work visa. Explore visa options.
You can study for up to 4 months (17 weeks).
If the main purpose of your stay is to study, consider a Student visa.
How long you can stay
This is a temporary visa. You must enter Australia within 12 months of the date the Home Affairs grant it.The Home Affairs will not extend or defer this timeframe.
The visa becomes active on the date you enter Australia. Once you have entered and the visa is activated, you can:
– Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
– Leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like in that 12 months
You have another visa
This visa starts on the date you enter or transit through Australia even if you hold any other temporary visa including:
– A Special Purpose visa
– an Electronic Travel Authority
– A Crew Travel Authority
– A Maritime Crew visa
Ask the Home Affairs to cancel your Working Holiday visa before you travel to Australia if:
– You want to enter Australia on another visa, or
– You do not want your Working Holiday visa to start
Complete Form 1194 – Certification of Immigration Status and/or request to cancel a Temporary Resident visa.
The Home Affairs will not refund your application fee if you ask the Home Affairs to cancel your visa.
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. If you want to stay in Australia longer, apply for another visa.
Explore your visa options to stay longer in Australia.
You could apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you are eligible.
Stay longer on a Visitor visa
The total time you will be permitted to stay on your first Working Holiday visa and then a Visitor visa is 12 consecutive months.
If you want to apply for a Visitor visa to stay longer in Australia and the Visitor visa would result in you staying longer than 12 consecutive months in Australia, you must:
– Show there are exceptional circumstances
– Apply for a Visitor visa from outside Australia
For this visa, exceptional circumstances might be that a close family member in Australia has died or is seriously ill and you need to stay.
You can’t include family members in your application.
You can’t be accompanied by dependent children while you are in Australia on this visa.
You might also have to pay for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and when the Home Affairs decide your application.
– 75% of applications in 57 days
– 90% of applications in 3 months
Your application might take longer to process if:
– you don’t fill it in correctly
– you don’t include all the documents the Home Affairs need or the Home Affairs need more information from you
– it takes time to verify your information
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You must pay taxes when you work in Australia on this visa.
Australia has compulsory superannuation – a retirement savings scheme. Your employer must pay superannuation into your superannuation fund if you earn over a certain amount.
You can access your superannuation when you leave Australia.
The Home Affairs recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.
Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.
You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
Time you spend outside Australia after your first entry does not extend the visa’s 12-month validity.
The Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
Hold this passport
You must be a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries/jurisdictions:
– Republic of Cyprus
– Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
– Republic of Ireland
– Republic of Korea
– Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport)
– The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Be this age
You must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35 years old (inclusive).
If you apply for the visa while you are 30, but turn 31 before the Home Affairs have made a decision, they can still grant you the visa.
If you are a citizen of Canada, France or Ireland and apply for the visa while you are 35, but turn 36 before the Home Affairs have made a decision, they can still grant you the visa.
You must not have previously entered Australia on a:
– Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
– Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
Have enough money
You must have enough money to:
– Support yourself while you are in Australia
– Leave Australia at the end of your stay
This is usually about AUD5,000 for your initial stay, plus the fare to where you are going after leaving Australia.
Meet health requirement
You must meet the health requirement.
Meet character requirement
You must meet the character requirement.
Pay your debts to the Australian Government
If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
Sign the Australian values statement
You must acknowledge the Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you apply for the visa.