This visa allows you to:
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of the department of immigration and border protection offices.
You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.
No further stay condition
You cannot apply for this working holiday visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.
Contact the department of immigration and border protection if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
You might be able to get this working holiday visa if you:
Second Working Holiday Visa
To apply for a second Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:
If you are already in Australia, and wish to remain onshore, you should apply for a second Working Holiday visa before your current visa expires and before you have turned 31 years of age.
You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia’s national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
We recommend that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this working holiday visa can be granted.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
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:
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.
Specified work is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ field or industry in a designated regional area. See the section on Regional Areas below to check the postcode list of designated regional areas.
All specified work performed on or after 1 December 2015 must be remunerated in accordance with the relevant Australian legislation and awards. Voluntary work performed after 1 December 2015 will not be accepted for the purpose of applying for a second Working Holiday visa. See Second Working Holiday visa applications – evidence of payment for specified work for more information.
Approved industries for specified work include:
Specified work is any type of work described in the list below:
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.
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
Supporting work, such as book-keeping, in any industry described in the list above does not meet the definition of specified work.
Examples of eligible specified work:
Examples of ineligible specified work:
Specified work in disaster affected areas
Construction work can be vital in helping regional disaster zones, such as those affected by flood or bushfire, to rebuild and recover from disaster.
Working Holiday visa holders who conduct construction work in eligible regional areas of Australia following disasters can count the work as specified work.
Examples of construction work that qualify as specified work include:
A full list of eligible construction activities is available from the Australia Bureau of Statistics website.
How to find specified work
Applicants can find specified work vacancies in the same way as they would find other job vacancies, such as through employment pages in newspapers, the Internet and job placement service providers. Vacancies specifically for plant and animal cultivation can be found on the Harvest Trail website.
Note: Not all vacancies advertised on the Harvest Trail website will qualify an applicant for a second Working Holiday visa.
Applicants should ensure that the vacancy meets the definition of specified work listed above and that the work will take place in an eligible postcode of regional Australia. See the section on Regional Areas below to check the postcode list of designated regional areas.
How to calculate specified work
‘Three months’ means three ‘calendar’ months or 88 days. Work can be either:
One full day of work is defined as having worked the minimum number of hours considered to be a standard day by the particular industry in which the applicant is employed. Generally, the Australian working week is 35 to 40 hours, consisting of seven to eight hours of work each day. Individual employers can not set a smaller period of time than the industry standard to satisfy the specified work requirement.
In calculating the period of time for which the applicant has undertaken specified work, the type of employment relationship the applicant may have with their employer, including full/part time employment or casual employment, is not as important as whether the relevant industry considers the period of work completed to be equivalent to full time work for that industry. For example, if the applicant’s paid employment involved two weeks on and then two weeks off, and this is standard practice in the industry, the applicant would be considered to have worked for four weeks (28 days). If the employer is satisfied that the applicant has undertaken the equivalent of full time work for that industry for the specified period, the visa decision maker may be satisfied that the applicant has undertaken full time work for the specified period.
Applicants whose work is equivalent to full time employment may count weekends in the 88 day period. However, if the applicant’s work is not equivalent to full time employment, for example, part time or casual, they may only count the full days actually worked.
In circumstances where the applicant is employed by more than one employer at the same time, they may only count each calendar day of work completed once towards their 88 day specified work requirement.
The shortest period that may be counted towards the specified work requirement is one day of full time work (for that industry). Applicants cannot count a long day of work as more than one day of specified work. For example, if the industry’s standard day is six hours long, working a 12 hour day does not count as two days of specified work.
Full time workers can count sick days only during periods where they were in paid employment and entitled to sick leave or covered by a workers compensation scheme. In these situations, supporting evidence must be provided by the employer.
Applicants who were prevented from obtaining employment because of injury or seasonal circumstances cannot count any time they were unable to work towards the three month period. For example, cyclones interrupting harvest activities.
Some possible examples to help clarify the definition of three months of specified work are outlined below.
Examples that meet the three month requirement
Examples that do not meet the three month requirement
Evidence of specified work
Note: Providing a completed Form 1263 and additional forms of evidence will allow a Working Holiday visa application to be assessed more quickly. Please ensure that all information provided is correct. Contacting third parties to verify the claims of applicants for second Working Holiday visas will now be a standard component of second Working Holiday visa application assessments.
Providing a false or misleading declaration or fraudulent evidence for any visa application can result in the application being refused or cancelled. If the applicant’s visa is cancelled they may be prevented from lodging further applications and be excluded from Australia for a period of three years.
|Australian Capital Territory||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.
|Northern Territory||All of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia.|
|Queensland||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
|South Australia||All of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia.|
|Tasmania||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.
|Western Australia||6041 to 6044
6083 to 6084
6121 to 6126
6200 to 6799
Note: Excludes Perth and surrounding areas.
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417).
If you apply online and provide the department of immigration and border protection with a valid email address, you can minimise delays in the processing of your application.
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
If you do not have any dependent children, you can apply for this working holiday visa online:
You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.
You should provide an email address that we can use to communicate with you about your application.
You are not able to apply online if you have any dependent children. You must use the paper application form and apply by post or in person.
If you cannot apply online, use the following form:
First Working Holiday visa:
Lodge your application at one of the immigration offices outside Australia, which will tell you how you can pay. There is also further information available on the methods of payment accepted by the department of immigration and border protection offices.
Second Working Holiday visa:
Lodge your paper application at the Cairns office in Queensland – attention Cairns Second Working Holiday Centre. Note: You can lodge this application by post only.
Email enquiry form: Working Holiday Maker Application Enquiry Form
There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
You can track and manage your application using ImmiAccount.
Note: If you submitted a paper application you can import your application into ImmiAccount.
We have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.
You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
You might be able to provide additional information, including Form 1023, using ImmiAccount.
If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
You might be able to update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.
If you do not provide the department of immigration and border protection with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application by advising us in writing at any time before we make a decision about your application. To do this, you must send the department of immigration and border protection a letter or email requesting the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name, date of birth, date of application, and file reference number/transaction reference number (if known).
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.
Use the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) document checklist to make sure your application is complete.
With this visa, you can:
If you are already in Australia on a Working Holiday visa and have been granted a second Working Holiday visa, you can:
If you are in Australia but do not hold a current Working Holiday visa, you can:
If you are outside Australia, you can:
If you are offshore, the 12-month stay period on your Working Holiday visa will start when you enter Australia. This period will start even if you enter Australia:
Once the stay period on your Working Holiday visa starts, it cannot be delayed or deferred.
If you hold a Working Holiday visa on which the stay period has not started and want to enter Australia on another visa, you should:
This will allow you to avoid accidentally using your Working Holiday visa.
To cancel your Working Holiday visa, contact the department of immigration and border protection through the:
If you want to cancel your Working Holiday visa to claim superannuation, refer to Accessing superannuation benefits—Former temporary residents.
The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) lets you stay in Australia for 12 months. Any time spent outside Australia after the 12-month stay period on your visa has started does not extend the length of the visa. You can only apply for another visa to extend your stay if your visa is not granted with a ‘no further stay’ condition. You will be advised of this in your visa grant letter.
Visa holders without this condition can apply for a second Working Holiday visa. -You should contact your nearest immigration office to discuss your options.
This visa allows you to:
Australia has a compulsory superannuation scheme. You are entitled to access your retirement savings (superannuation) when you leave Australia. Accessing superannuation benefits—Former temporary residents has more information.
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws. You cannot be accompanied by your dependent children at any time during your stay.
If you hold a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, the main purpose of your visit must be for an extended holiday. You can do any kind of work over the course of your 12 month stay in Australia, however the conditions of your visa limit you to a maximum period of six months work with any one employer, unless you’ve been given permission by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to work longer.
You can study in Australia for up to four months. Four months means 17 weeks of actual study.
Holidays and orientation periods do not count. However, weekends, public holidays and non-teaching periods prior to exam period are counted.
Tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
You might be able to update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.
Source: The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.