The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is a visa for young adults who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to 3 years. It is a visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.
You may apply for up to 3 Working Holiday visas. They are simply known as: first. second, and third Working Holiday visas. Each of the visas allow you to stay for 12 months each.
You must be offshore to apply for your first Working Holiday Visa.
To apply for a first Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:
Note: Canadian, French and Irish citizens aged 18 to 35 years old (inclusive);
You must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia.
Eligible countries are:
To apply for a second Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:
Three months (to qualify for second visa)
‘Three months’ of specified work means a period equivalent to three ‘calendar’ months, which is taken to be a minimum period of 88 calendar days, including weekends or equivalent rest days during your period of employment.
To meet the three months specified work requirement you must actually work for the same number of days that a full-time employee would normally work in a three month (88 calendar day) period.
To apply for a second Working Holiday visa, you must have already completed three months of specified work in regional Australia. This specified work must have been completed while on your first Working Holiday visa.
Approved industries for specified work include:
Plant and animal cultivation
Note: This must be your primary employment task and general garden maintenance is not eligible.
Note: Maintaining animals for tourism or recreational purposes is not eligible.
Examples of eligible specified work in plant and animal cultivation:
Examples of ineligible specified work in plant and animal cultivation:
Fishing and pearling
Tree farming and felling
Work undertaken in the areas of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, and tree farming and felling must be described in the list above to meet the specified work requirement.
Examples of ineligible specified work in mining:
Examples of eligible specified work in construction:
Examples of ineligible specified work in construction:
The Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides further detail about eligible work in mining and construction. Work undertaken in the mining and construction sectors must appear in the ANZSIC division for these sectors to meet the specified work requirement.
Bushfire recovery work
Examples of eligible specified work in bushfire recovery:
Examples of ineligible specified work in bushfire recovery:
Critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors
Examples of eligible specified work:
Examples of ineligible work:
To apply for a third Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:
Six months (to qualify for a third visa)
‘Six months’ of specified work is taken to mean a period equivalent to the six shortest ‘calendar’ months of the year, that is, a minimum period of 179 calendar days, including weekends or equivalent rest days during your period of employment.
To meet the six months’ specified work requirement, you must complete the same number of normal work days or shifts as a full-time employee in that role and industry would normally work in a six month (179 calendar day) period.
You do not need to do your six months of specified work all in one go, or all with one employer. You are free to spread the work over the period of your stay in Australia. You can also undertake specified work for longer than the required minimum of six months.
You cannot complete the six month specified work requirement for a third Working Holiday (subclass 417) in a total period of less than six calendar months.
All of your six months of specified work must have been undertaken:
Work undertaken while you held any of the following visas is not eligible:
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia.
New South Wales
2311 to 2312
2328 to 2411
2420 to 2490
2536 to 2551
2575 to 2594
2618 to 2739
2787 to 2899
Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong.
All of Norfolk Island is classified as part of regional Australia.
All of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia.
4124 to 4125
4270 to 4272
4307 to 4499
4515 to 4519
4522 to 4899
Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast
All of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia.
All of Tasmania is classified as part of regional Australia.
3211 to 3334
3340 to 3424
3430 to 3649
3658 to 3749
3778 to 3781
3810 to 3909
3921 to 3925
3945 to 3974
3981 to 3996
Note: Excludes Melbourne metropolitan area.
Bushfire recovery work carried out after 31 July 2019 eligible specified work for the purpose of a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa.
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