Work & Holiday visa

A temporary visas that allow young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months.

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What you can you do on this visa?

You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

  • stay in Australia for up to 12 months;
  • work (normally up to 6 months with the same company);
  • study for up to 4 months;
  • leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid;
  • apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you have worked for three months in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing.

What you can’t you do on this visa?

You cannot include a dependent child in your application for a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462).

A dependent child cannot be with you at any time while you are in Australia.

Your partner can come to Australia with you, but they will need to apply for their own visa.

What you need to have to get this visa?

To be granted this visa, you must:

  • are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time you lodge your application
  • have a valid passport from a country involved in the Work and Holiday program with Australia
  • will not have a dependent child with you while you are in Australia
  • have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)
  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
  • meet character and health requirements
  • are a genuine visitor.

First Work and Holiday visa applicants

In addition to the above requirements you must provide evidence that you:

  • meet the educational requirements
  • have functional English
  • have a letter of support from your government (except applicants from Argentina, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Singapore and the United States of America)

Second Work and Holiday visa applicants

If you are already in Australia and want to extend your stay, you need to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa before your current visa expires and before you have turned 31 years of age. In addition to the above requirements you must provide evidence that you:

  • have complied with all the conditions on your first Work and Holiday visa
  • have not previously held more than one Work and Holiday visa
  • have completed three months of specified subclass 462 work in northern Australia while on your first Work and Holiday visa
  • have not yet turned 31 years of age

Eligible countries

You can apply for this visa if you hold a passport from:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Chile
  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

The visa application process

Step 1

Check your eligibility and make payments.

Step 2

Complete the application and supply supporting documents.

Step 3

Our agent will review your application and will let you know if there are any issues.

Step 4

Our agent will submit your application with DHA. You’ll also need to pay DHA the visa fee.

Visa processing times by the Department of Home Affairs

Stream 75% applications processed 90% applications processed
Work & Holiday 28 days 46 days

Last updated 15 May 2018

What happens next?

When your visa is granted, the Department will tell you how long your visa lasts and how many times you can enter Australia.

  • You could be allowed to enter only once. If so, you will need to apply for a new visa if you want to return to Australia again after you leave.
  • You could be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid, but the time you spend in Australia cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.

If the visa is not granted, the Department will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused;
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed;
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Our expertise

We are backed by an experienced panel of Registered Australian Migration agents who ensure every applicant has their best foot forward. Our panel is rigorously evaluated and must have the following minimum requirements:

  • Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • 5+ years experience
  • >99% approval record for visa applicants
  • Bachelor of Law Degree
  • Plus, we put people first and really care about making the application process better.

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How we can help you:

  • Create your profile, store your evidence and documents, fully accessible throughout your entire migration journey
  • Final review by a Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • Lodgement by a Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • You are the main point contact for all correspondence with DHA
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Get an expert to guide you:

  • All the standard services above
  • Agent assistance with the entire application, including if required, assisting with:
    • Templates for supporting evidence
    • Coordinate your medical examination*
    • Arrange your police checks*
    • Translate your documents*
    • Prepare letter of intent
  • Provide ongoing status reports concerning developments as they occur
  • Registered Australian Migration Agent as main point of contact with the Department of Home Affairs

Pricing includes GST

Important Notice: The Fees charged by OpenVisa is for the Services selected and does not include any fees charged by DHA for lodgement of the Visa Application. You shall pay DHA the Visa Application Fee for the migration application. The application fee is payable to DHA at the time of lodging the application. You understand and accept that whatever the outcome of the migration application, these fees, including those charged by OpenVisa are not refundable.

It may be necessary for you to pay additional fees such as medical cost for the purposes of medical examination(s), translations/ interpreters, costs of obtaining police clearances from Australia and overseas authorities.

DHA – Department of Home Affairs