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Working Holiday

The following visas are for people aged between 18 and 30 from arrangement countries to have an extended holiday supplemented by short-term employment.

  

Working Holiday visa

The Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa allows people to holiday in Australia and supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.

You could qualify for this temporary working holiday visa if you:

•   Are between 18 and 30 years old (before you turn 31).

•   Not accompanied by any dependents during your stay in Australia.

•   Hold a passport from an eligible country.

This temporary visa lets you:

•   Live in Australia for up to a year.

•   Work with a single employer for up to six months.

•   Study here for up to four months.

•   Come and go from Australia as much as you’d like while the visa is valid.

You may also be eligible to apply for a second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa if you have undertaken eligible work in regional Australia for a minimum of three months whilst on your first Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa.  From 1 July 2008, eligible work is now referred to as "specified work" not "seasonal work".  Applicants cannot hold more than two Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa.

  

WHV (Subclass 417) Changes

On 27 September 2016, the Treasuer announced that during the course of the election they reviewed the taxation arrangements for Working Holiday visa  (WHV) holders including the measure introduced in the 2015/2016 Budget to treat WHV holders as non-residents for tax purposes resulting in WHV holders to be taxed at 32.5 cents in the dollar.

Proposed changes include:

•  tax rate for WHV holders to be set at 19% on earnings up to $37,000 (rather than 32.5%)

•  reduce visa application charge by $50 to $390 for WHV applications

•  extend eligibility age from 30 to 35

•  change the work limitation to allow WHV holders to work for the same employer for 12 months but no more than six months in the one location  

  

Volunteer Work Activities

On 7 May 2015, the Department of Immigration announced that it is currently in the process of making a change to the second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa  to exclude volunteer wor​​​k activities (such as, Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)) from its eligibility framework. This change will take some time to introduce, and is not yet in effect, so it does not impact upon current second Working Holiday visa applications.  It is likely the change will commence towards the end of 2015.​​​​​

  

Working Holiday Maker Changes

From 21 November 2015, Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa holders who secure work in certain high demand industries in northern Australia will be able to remain with their employer for up to
12 months.

Under the change, both WHM visas (Subclasses 417 and 462) who undertake work in northern Australia will be able to apply to work for a single employer for up to 12 months compared to usual limit of 6 months.

This will benefit the agriculture and tourism sectors in the north of the country.  The changes will also apply to work in northern Australia in aged and disability care, construction and mining.

In 2016, further changes will follow to allow Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders to extend their stay in Australia by a further 12 months if they work for at least 3 months in agriculture or tourism in northern Australia.

Australia’s WHM visa programme allows young adults aged 18-30 years to have an extended holiday in Australia, offsetting their travel costs by engaging in short-term work.  In 2014/2015 a total of 226,812 WHM visas were granted.  

  

Work and Holiday visa

The Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa allows people to holiday in Australia and supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.

You could qualify for this temporary work and holiday visa if you:

•   Are between 18 and 30 years old (before you turn 31).

•   Not accompanied by any dependents during your stay in Australia.

•   Hold a passport from an eligible country.

Eligible countries include:  Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China (People's Republic of), Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Uruguay.

This temporary visa lets you:

•   Live in Australia for up to a year.

•   Work with a single employer for up to six months.

•   Study here for up to four months.

•   Come and go from Australia as much as you’d like while the visa is valid.

  

W&H (Subclass 462) Changes

Work and Holiday visa (W&H) holders who undertake three months' work in Northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing will be eligible to apply for a second W&H. Applicants will be able to apply online and will need to meet all legislative requirements (including age, health and character).Work undertaken prior to 19 November 2016 will not be counted towards the 3-month work requirement as the reform is intended to encourage additional time living and working in Australia's north.   

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