WORKING HOLIDAY VISA (SUBCLASS 417)

The Subclass 417 visa allows tourists aged 18 to 30 years (included) – as well as Canadian, French, and Irish nationals aged 18 to 35 years (inclusive) – to stay in Australia for an extended period of time while supplementing their income with short-term work. The visa is valid for 12 months and permits you to enter and exit Australia several times. In general, visa holders can work for up to six months for one employer and study for up to four months. Some forms of specific jobs and regional areas may be available for up to 12 months. 

Applicants who complete three months of designated work in regional Australia while on their first Working Holiday visa may be granted a second Working Holiday visa. A third Working Holiday visa may be awarded from July 1, 2019, if the visa holder meets further specified job conditions. 

REQUIREMENTS

Note that these are the bare minimums for applying for this type of visa. You may be required to meet extra standards depending on your specific circumstances. 

 You must: 

  •  be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) 
  • apply from a country other than Australia 
  • not be accompanied by youngsters who are reliant on you 
  • not have entered Australia previously on a subclass 462 or 417 visa See the second Work and Holiday visa if you previously entered Australia on a category 462 visa. 
  • hold a passport for one of the countries or regions listed below: 
  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Republic of Cyprus 
  • Denmark 
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders) 
  • Republic of Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • Republic of Korea 
  • Malta 
  • Netherlands 
  • Norway 
  • Sweden 
  • Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport) 
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 

If you’re applying for your second Work and Holiday visa, you’ll need to include the following information: 

  • While on your first Work and Holiday visa, you must have completed three calendar months of designated work in regional Australia. 

To be eligible for a third Work and Holiday visa after July 1, 2019, you must: 

Have completed six calendar months of specified work in regional Australia while on your second Work and Holiday visa on or after July 1, 2019. 

A SECOND OR THIRD VISA REQUIREMENT FOR SPECIFIC WORK 

For specific work, the following industries and localities have been approved: 

  • plant and animal cultivation 
  • fishing and pearling 
  • tree farming and felling 
  • mining; and 
  • construction 

Voluntary work is not accepted as ‘work’ for the purposes of applying for a second or third Working Holiday visa. 

Any type of work defined below that must be the major job, function, or activity done throughout your employment is referred to as specified work. 

The period of specified work (either three months for a second Work and Holiday visa or six months for a third Work and Holiday visa) is defined as an evidenced period of paid, full-time equivalent work in regional Australia for a minimum of 88 calendar days (three months) or176 calendar days (six months). Postcodes are used to define ‘regional Australia.’ One day of full-time labor is regarded as the regular number of hours per day (or shift) for that industry and role. You have a few options for completing the assignment. 

  

An application for a second Work and Holiday visa, for example, must demonstrate: 

  • Working full-time, five days a week, for a period of three months, including on a piecework rate arrangement OR 
  • working less than five days per week in any combination of full-time, part-time, or piecework rate work that adds up to five days per week over three calendar months OR 
  • Working fewer than five days per week for more than three months, including on a piece work rate arrangement. 

Work may be with one or more employers, and it may be spread out over the duration of your stay in Australia. Work may be with one or more employers, and it may be spread out over the duration of your stay in Australia. You can also work in regional Australia for longer than the requisite term if you do specific work. Sick days and paid public holiday leave are both counted as a day of specified work. Unpaid leave or holidays, as well as unpaid days due to inclement or seasonal weather, are not taken into account

APPLICATION PROCESS

The visa application, along with any supporting documentation, is filed with the Department of Home Affairs (the “DOHA”). The most important condition is that you meet the prerequisites specified above. You must also have enough money to support yourself throughout the early phases of your vacation. You may also be asked to produce proof of health and/or travel insurance, as well as meet specific health and character standards. 

You must arrive in Australia within 12 months of receiving your visa. You can then work in any employment in any location in Australia, as long as you don’t stay with the same employer for more than six months unless an exemption exists. You may not study for more than four months at a time.

Work and Holiday Visa

Subclass 462 Visa & 417 Visa Comparison

  462 Visa 417 Visa
Features:  This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year
Requirements: The candidate:·         must be at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age

·         don’t have a dependent child accompanying you at any time during your stay in Australia

·         must have a passport from an eligible country

·         have enough money to support her/himself on a working holiday (about A$ 5000)

The candidate:·         must be at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age

·         don’t have a dependent child accompanying you at any time during your stay in Australia

·         must have a passport from an eligible country

·         have enough money to support her/himself on a working holiday (about A$ 5000)

Eligible countries: ·         Argentina·         Banglades

·         Chile

·         People’s Republic of China

·         Hungary

·         Indonesia

·          Israel

·         Luxembourg

·         Malaysia

·         Poland

·         Portugal

·         San Marino

·         Slovak Republic

·         Slovenia

·         Spain

·         Thailand

·         Turkey

·         USA

·         Uruguay

·         Belgium·         Canada

·         Republic of Cyprus

·         Denmark

·         Estonia

·         Finland

·         France

·         Germany

·         Hong Kong (Including British National Overseas passport holders)

·         Republic of Ireland

·         Italy

·         Japan

·         Repuiblic of Korea

·         Malta

·         Netherlands

·         Norway

·         Sweden

·         Taiwan

·         United Kingdom

Additional Requirements: The candidate:·         must provide evidence that s/he meets the educational requirements, which is a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.

·         must hold a secondary school (High School) qualification, if s/he is from USA, Israel, Chilie.

·         must have functional English, which the average band score of at least 4.5.

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Second Visa application Requirements: The candidate:·         have complied with all the conditions on her/his 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.

The Candidate:·         have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on her/his first Work and Holiday visa

VISA FOR WORKING HOLIDAYS (SUBCLASS 417) 

Features: 

This visa is for young individuals who desire to visit Australia for a year and work there. 

   Requirements: 

 If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for this visa: 

  •  You are at least 18 years old but not yet 31 
  • During your stay in Australia, you must not have a dependent kid with you. 
  • possess a passport from a country that qualifies. 

 If you hold a passport from a qualifying nation, you may be able to apply online by selecting the ‘Apply now’ option below. A list of countries that are eligible can be found in the ‘How to Apply’ section. 

 If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application. 

 Visa processing times around the world 

  •  75% of applications are handled within 15 days. 
  • In 44 days, 90% of applications are processed. 

Features: 

This visa is for young individuals who desire to visit Australia for a year and work there. 

  

 Requirements: 

 If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for this visa: 

  •  You are at least 18 years old but not yet 31 
  • During your stay in Australia, you must not have a dependent kid with you. 
  • possess a passport from a country that qualifies. 

 If you hold a passport from a qualifying nation, you may be able to apply online by selecting the ‘Apply now’ option below. A list of countries that are eligible can be found in the ‘How to Apply’ section. 

The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a one-year temporary visa for young individuals who wish to travel and work in Australia. It’s a one-year visa that promotes cultural exchange and better links between Australia and the nations that qualify. 

  First Working Holiday visa: You must be outside of Australia when you apply for and receive your first Working Holiday visa. 

Second Working Holiday visa: If you apply for a second Working Holiday visa in Australia, you must be present in Australia when the visa is approved. You must be outside of Australia when the visa is issued if you apply outside of Australia. 

  Working in Australia for six months with one employer: In general, you are only allowed to work for six months with one employer in Australia. You will get more information on working in Australia for six months with one employer.

This visa permits you to do the following: 

  •  You can stay in Australia for up to a year. 
  • work in Australia for up to six months at a time with each employer 
  • During a period of up to four months, you can study 
  • You can leave and return to Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid. 

If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for this visa: 

  • haven’t been to Australia on a Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa before (subclass 462) 
  • hold a valid passport from a nation that participates in Australia’s Working Holiday Program 
  • have reached the age of 18 but have not yet reached the age of 31 and are a genuine traveler looking for a holiday in Australia 
  • have enough money to maintain oneself while on vacation (about AUD 5000) 
  • will not be accompanied by dependent children at any moment throughout your stay 
  • will have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay 

  Second Working Holiday Visa: 

You must meet the following requirements to apply for a second Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417): 

  •  have met all of the requirements for your first Working Holiday visa; have not previously held more than one Working Holiday visa, and have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa. 
  • If you are already in Australia and want to stay onshore, you must apply for a second Working Holiday visa before your current visa expires or you reach the age of 31. 

Health requirements 

Certain health requirements must be met. Your health examinations will be determined by your personal circumstances, such as length of stay, citizenship, time spent in another country in the previous five years, and planned activities in Australia. The results of your medical exams are usually valid for a year. 

  Health-care coverage 

  • During your stay in Australia, you are liable for any medical expenses. Unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia, you will not be covered by Australia’s national health program (Medicare). 
  • Every time you travel to Australia, we urge that you purchase health insurance. 

 Character requirementS 

Certain character requirements must be met. After you turn 16, you must be able to show a police certificate from each nation where you lived for 12 months or longer in the previous ten years. Do not obtain police certificates until we request them. 

  Government of Australia debts: 

Before this visa can be granted, you must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government or have made arrangements to repay any existing debts to the Australian government. 

 Make biometrics available. 

As part of the application, you may be required to supply biometrics (a scientific method of identification). More information is available for the countries and visa subclasses that are part of the biometrics program.

To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are: 

  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Republic of Cyprus 
  • Denmark 
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders) 
  • Republic of Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Japan 
  • Republic of Korea 
  • Malta
  • Netherlands 
  • Norway
  • Sweden 
  • Taiwan 
  • The United Kingdom. 

You must have already completed three months of designated work in regional Australia to apply for a second Working Holiday visa. This task had to be completed while you were on your first Working Holiday visa. 

Work in a ‘specified’ field or industry in a designated regional area is referred to as specialized work. Check the postcode list of recognized regional areas in the section below on Regional Areas. 

 All specified work completed on or after December 1, 2015, shall be paid in accordance with Australian legislation and awards. Voluntary labor completed after December 1, 2015, will not be considered as evidence for a second Working Holiday visa application. 

 

Approved industries for specified work include: 

  • plant and animal cultivation 
  • fishing and pearling 
  • tree farming and felling 
  • mining 
  • construction. 

Any type of job described in the following list qualifies as specified work: 

  •  Plant and animal husbandry: 
  •  Fruit and vegetable crops are harvested and/or packed. 
  • Vine and tree pruning and trimming 
  •  Note: This must be the applicant’s principal job function, and it must be directly related to the production and commercial sale of plant products such as fruits and nuts (commercial horticultural activities). Garden maintenance in general is not covered. 
  • Crop maintenance in general 
  • growing or propagating plants, fungus, or the products or components of these organisms 
  • Plant products must be processed right away. 
  • Animals are kept for the aim of selling themselves or their body products, which includes natural growth. 
  • It’s worth noting that keeping animals for tourism or enjoyment isn’t allowed. 
  • Shearing, butchery, packing, and tanning of animal products are all done on the spot. 
  • Note that secondary animal product processing, such as small goods processing and retail butchery, is not permitted. 
  • Dairy products are made from raw materials. 

 

  • Pearling and fishing: 
  •   carrying out procedures that are directly related to the taking or 
  •  catching and releasing fish and other aquatic creatures 
  • carrying out operations involving the collection or cultivation of pearls or pearl shell. 

  

  • Farming and falling trees 
  • Planting or caring for trees that will be felled in a plantation or forest 
  • chopping down trees in a forest or plantation 
  • carrying trees or sections of trees felled in a plantation or forest to the milling or processing facility where they will be milled or processed first, or from which they will be milled or processed. 
  • mining 
  • coal mining 
  • oil and gas extraction 
  • metal ore mining 
  • construction material mining 
  • non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying exploration 
  • mining support services. 
  • Construction 
  • residential building construction 
  • non-residential building construction 
  • heavy and civil engineering construction 
  • land development and site preparation services 
  • building structure services 
  • building installation services 
  • building completion services 
  • other construction services. 

To achieve the required work requirement, work in the categories of plant and animal husbandry, fishing and pearling, and tree farming and felling must be detailed in the list above. 

 Further information about suitable mining and construction jobs can be found in the Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC). To achieve the required work requirement, work in the mining and construction sectors must be recorded in the ANZSIC category for these industries. 

 Supporting work, such as bookkeeping, in any of the industries listed above does not qualify as a specified job. 

 

Specified work: 

  • must be an activity listed above 
  • must be the primary role, function, or activity performed during the applicant’s employment. 

Examples of eligible specified work: 

  • picking fruits on an orchard 
  • feeding and herding cattle on a farm 
  • horse breeding and stud farming 
  • landscaping the grounds of a construction/house site 
  • painting the interior/exterior of new buildings 
  • conservation and environmental reforestation work 
  • zoo work involving plant or animal cultivation 
  • erecting fences on a construction site 
  • scaffolding. 

Examples of ineligible specified work: 

  • ship/boat building 
  • performing specialized social science services (such as anthropological and archaeological assessments) for mining companies 
  • town planning or architecture 
  • working as a nanny on a farm 
  • working at a cellar door providing wine tastings 
  • manufacturing materials used on a construction site (such as concrete or steel) 
  • cooking/catering on a mine site 
  • cleaning the interior of mine complexes or buildings. 

Work in disaster-affected areas  

Construction work can be critical in assisting regional disaster zones, such as those impacted by flood or bushfire, in rebuilding and recovering. 

Construction work done in suitable regional areas of Australia following disasters can be counted as specified work for Working Holiday visa holders. 

Construction work that qualifies as specified work includes the following: 

  •  Building destruction, trench digging, land clearing, and earth shifting are all things that need to be done. 
  • Roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, fencing, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and stormwater drainage systems are all examples of residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair. 

A full list of eligible construction activities is available from the Australia Bureau of Statistics website. 

 Where can I look for specific work? 

Applicants can look for specific job openings in the same places they look for other job openings, such as newspaper classified ads, the Internet, and job placement services.  

The Harvest Trail website lists job openings specifically for plant and animal cultivation. 

Note that not all job openings on the Harvest Trail website will qualify you for a second Working Holiday visa. 

Applicants must guarantee that the vacancy fulfills the above-mentioned definition of the specified job and that the work will be performed in an eligible regional Australia postcode. Check the postcode list of recognized regional areas in the section below on Regional Areas. 

How to calculate specified work: 

Three months refers to three ‘calendar’ months, which equals 88 days. Work can take the form of: 

  • in a single building with a single business 
  • indifferent blocks, each with a single or many enterprises. 
  • Blocks of work might be from various types of specified tasks. 

A full day of work is defined as working the minimum number of hours regarded to be a regular day in the industry in which the applicant works. The average working week in Australia is 35 to 40 hours, with seven to eight hours of work every day. Individual employers are not permitted to impose a shorter time limit than the industry standard in order to meet the defined work demand. 

The type of employment relationship the applicant has with their employers, such as full/part-time employment or casual employment, is less important than whether the relevant industry considers the period of work completed to be equivalent to full-time work for that industry when calculating the period of time for which the applicant has undertaken specified work. For instance, if the applicant’s paid job consisted of two weeks on and two weeks off, as is usual industry practice, the applicant would be judged to have worked for four weeks (28 days). 

The visa decision-maker may be satisfied that the applicant has worked full time for that industry for the specified period if the employer is satisfied that the applicant has worked full time for that industry for the stated period. 

Weekends may be counted in the 88-day period for applicants whose work is equivalent to full-time employment. If the applicant’s work isn’t equivalent to full-time employment, such as part-time or casual labor, they can only count the full days they really worked. 

When an applicant is employed by more than one employer at the same time, each calendar day of work done can only be counted once toward their 88-day stipulated work requirement. 

One day of full-time work is the shortest duration that can be credited toward the given work requirement (for that industry). A long day of labor cannot be counted as more than one day of specified work. Working a 12-hour day does not count as two days of specified work if the industry standard day is six hours long. 

Full-time employees can only record sick days if they were in paid employment and were eligible for sick leave or were covered by a worker’s compensation plan. The employer must submit the supporting proof in certain cases. 

  Applicants who were unable to find work due to an injury or seasonal conditions are not eligible to count any time they were unable to work toward the three-month timeframe. Cyclones, for example, can cause harvesting to be disrupted. 

The following are some possible instances to assist define the notion of three months of specified work. 

 Examples that meet the three-month requirement 

  • Working week 

Working on a farm for three months, five days a week, when the industry standard is full-time labor five days a week.  

  • Work in shifts 

Employed as a miner for three months, but only had to work every other week under the employment contract, which is the industry’s regular full-time contract.  

  • Work in Blocks 

Completing 60 days of harvest work followed by a two-month period of travel. Then another 28 days of building, bringing the total number of days worked to 88.  

  • Days when you’re sick 

Employed for three months, but take numerous days off due to illness during that time. 

 Examples that fall short of the three-month requirement 

  •  Week at work 

 When the industry standard on a farm is five days of work per week, but the candidate only works four days per week for three months. 

  •  Work on a different visa type completed. 

While on a Student visa, completing three months of prescribed work during the summer break. 

  •  Seasonal conditions 

Picking bananas on a sporadic basis for 80 days, but the applicant is unable to find other jobs due to a hurricane, and their initial Working Holiday visa expires. 

 Proof of a specific task 

If the holder of a Working Holiday visa applies for a second Working Holiday visa, they must show that they have met the stipulated job eligibility criterion. Original or certified copies of the following are acceptable proof of specified work (performed while on their first Working Holiday visa): 

  • payslips (must be supplied for all specified work performed from 31 August 2015) 
  • group certificates 
  • payment summaries 
  • tax returns 
  • employer references 
  • a completed employment verification form signed by the applicant’s employer 
  • original Australian bank statement covering the period of declared specified work, 

NOTE: A Working Holiday visa application will be assessed more swiftly if you submit a completed Form 1263 and additional types of documentation. Please double-check that all of the information you’ve supplied is correct. Third-party verification of applicants’ claims for second Working Holiday visas will henceforth be a common component of application assessments for second Working Holiday visas. 

 For any visa application, providing a false or misleading declaration or fraudulent evidence can result in the application being denied or revoked. If the applicant’s visa is revoked, they may be barred from submitting additional applications and may be barred from entering Australia for a period of three years. 

State/territory  Postcode 
Australian Capital Territory  The Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia. 
New South Wales  2311 tototototototo 2899
Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong. 
Northern Territory  All of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia. 
Queensland  4124 to 4270 
4515 to 4899
Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast 
South Australia  All of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia. 
Tasmania  All of Tasmania is classified as part of regional Australia. 
Victoria  3778 to 3996
Note: Excludes Melbourne metropolitan area. 
Western Australia  6041 to 6799
Note: Excludes Perth and surrounding areas 

You must submit documentation to support your visa application. Using the information you supply when you submit your application, we can make a decision. It is in your best interest to include as much information in your application as possible. 

Original documents must be accompanied by certified copies. Original documents should only be included if we specifically request them. Documents written in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. 

Make sure your application is complete by using this checklist. 

 

Forms 

A completed application form is as follows: 

  • Applying online: 
  • First Working Holiday visa: Application for a Working Holiday visa 
  • Second Working Holiday visa (outside Australia): Application for a Working Holiday visa 
  • Second Working Holiday visa (in Australia): Application for a Working Holiday visa 
  • Applying by post or in person: 
  • Form 1150 – Application for a Working Holiday visa (209KB PDF). 
  • Second Working Holiday visa: Form 1263 – Working Holiday visa: Employment verification (75KB PDF) 
  • Acceptable evidence of employment includes certified copies of: 
  • payslips (must be supplied for all specified work performed from 31 August 2015) 
  • group certificates 
  • payment summaries 
  • tax return 
  • employer references 
  • a completed employment verification form 
  • Australian bank statement covering the period of declared specified work. 

Receiving assistance 

Complete these forms only if you are lodging a paper application: 

  • If someone gives you advice or lodges your application for you: 
  • If you would like someone else to receive correspondence from us on your behalf: 

Charges 

  • Pay the visa application charge 

 

Personal documents include: 

Certified copies of all people listed in the application’s biographical pages from their current passports or travel papers (these are the pages with the holder’s photo and personal information as well as the issue/expiration dates). 

A certified copy of your birth certificate that includes the names of both parents.  

You must produce a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following papers if you do not have a birth certificate and are unable to obtain one: 

  • Both parents’ names are listed in the family book. 
  • a government-issued identification document 
  • documents produced by the court that prove your identification 
  • If your name has changed, you’ll need a certified copy of the name change documentation. 
  •  Two passport-sized photos were taken recently (45 m x 35 mm). 
  • Only the head and shoulders should be photographed against a plain background. 
  • On the back of each photograph, write the person’s name. 
  • Certified copies of military service records or discharge papers if you have served in the armed services of any country. 
  • Evidence of sufficient funds: a certified copy of a bank statement demonstrating that you have at least AUD 5000 in your account.

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