Backpacking through Australia? Get to know the Australian working world and immerse yourself in the Australian lifestyle? Well, that dream can become a reality fairly easily thanks to the Working Holiday (subclass 417) and the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas. These are uncomplicated and straightforward visa options for certain non-Australian citizens between 18 and 30 years who want to discover the country and fill up their holiday funds with occasional jobs. Both allow the visa holder not only to travel as a tourist but also to work and study. Nonetheless, their requirements differ slightly, as explained below.
Australia offers outstanding conditions, not only in terms of the incredible sights and recreational activities, but also in terms of security, job market and earnings opportunities. The country offers an exceptional infrastructure for young travellers on these visas. There are plenty of service providers and platforms for job placement and long-term accommodation. Some of the most popular destinations for young working holiday makers include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. Australia is well equipped for working holiday makers, with this visa’s popularity growing consistently since its introduction in 1975 to promote international youth exchange. Today, more than 200,000 people explore Australia every year as Working Holiday visa holders.
However, this visa is not available to everyone. Eligibility depends on nationality: only citizens of countries with a bilateral agreement with Australia are eligible for one of these visa subclasses.
- Working Holiday visa (subclass 417): Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or the United Kingdom.
- Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462): Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, Uruguay or Vietnam.