Australian Working Holiday Visa

Information about Australian Working Holiday Visa and how to apply

An Australian Working Holiday is a popular way for young people to see the country, whilst doing temporary work to fund their travel. 

With an Australian working holiday visa, people aged 18 – 35 can travel, study and work around Australia for up to 12 months at a time.

The application process for an Australian Working Holiday Visa can get complicated. Our experts are here to help make the process as quick and painless as possible!

Application Fee


Australian Working Holiday Visa

Australia Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)

A working holiday visa for Australia is popular with backpackers, as it allows young people to spend up to 12 months at a time, working and travelling around Australia.

Australia working holiday visas give an incredible opportunity for young people aged 18 – 35  to travel around Australia, whilst permitting them to work legally under Australia’s Working Holiday Programme. This gives young people the ability to earn extra money whilst in short-term employment to help finance their vacation. The most popular (but by no means the only) source of employment, is seasonal work such as Fruit Picking

What does the visa allow?

  1. An Australian working holiday visa will allow you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months. During this time, you may leave and re-enter Australia as frequently as you wish.  The 12-month period in Australia starts from the day of entry.
  2. You have 12 months, from the date of the working holiday visa being issued, to enter the country
  3. You may work to subsidise your travel; however, you are not allowed to work for any one employer for more than 6 months.
  4. You may also study or train for up to 4 months whilst visiting on an Australian working holiday visa. If you require longer time to study, please see details of the Australian student visa

Thinking of spending more time working in Australia?

If you have already completed 12 months on a working holiday, you may want to consider applying for a 2nd and even 3rd year . You can do so, providing

  • you have completed the 3 months work in eligible employment
  • in authorised post code areas.

If you think you may want to do a second year later on, have a look at the requirements for further working holiday visas, to ensure you keep this option open. Specifically, look at the previous work requirements, as this could have an impact on your ability to apply for a second year working holiday visa.

On the other hand, if you are thinking of staying in Australia on a permanent basis, you may wish to consider Australian Skilled Migration 

Working Holiday Visa Australia: Requirements

Financial Requirements

You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your working holiday. You may be asked to show evidence of this on arrival.
A sufficient amount is generally regarded as being a minimum of AUD$5,000, although the amount may vary depending on your length of stay and how much travelling you intend to do. You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia if travelling on a one way ticket.

Evidence may include a certified copy of a bank statement and an air ticket out of Australia.

Australia working holiday visa cost

Application fee:


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Our Visa Application Service

Our expert migration agents will review your details and process your application, ensuring the process is as quick and painless as possible – normally within 48 hours from you supplying all the requested information.

Remember you are in safe hands – you will be assigned a named member of our team, who will assist you through the process. Our team have decades of experience and are fully up-to-date with the latest working holiday visa requirements, as specified by the Australian Government Department of Immigration.

Australian Working Holiday Package:

As an added bonus to the visa application, we will include in the application assistance with

We make no additional charges for either of these services. Further information will be required to complete either of these essential items for your trip.

We can also provide contacts for the following services that may be of interest to your trip to Australia:-

Some frequently asked questions about the working holiday visa for Australia

How long does it take to get an Australian working holiday visa

Most applications take around 45 days.

How long does an Australian Working Holiday Visa last?

Once granted, the visa is valid for 12  months. During this time, you can travel to and from Australia as often as you wish.

What types of work can I do on a working holiday visa?

Not all categories of work qualify for a working holiday visa. The type of work varies from one region to the next. The most common industries are: tourism & hospitality, farming, fisheries, mining, construction. Recently added categories include work in Covid, flood and bushfire affected areas.

The types of work within these industries are divided into two categories: eligible & ineligible. this eligibility relates to future (2nd & 3rd year) visas.

I’ve already done one year on a working holiday visa. Can I apply again?

Yes, provided you meet the criteria of having worked in an eligible work category for more than 3 months on your previous visa.

Can I get a working holiday visa for Australia if I have a criminal record

In order to visit or work in Australia, you must be of good character. This means you must first of all pass the good character test, and secondly remain of good character during your stay. If you have a criminal record, this will need to be declared, and your visa application may be refused because of it. If you have a criminal record, contact us for further advice.

What is the age limit for a working holiday visa for Australia

You must be aged 18 – 30 (18 – 35 for Danish, French, Irish and Canadian citizens) to qualify for an australian working holiday visa.

Eligibility for Australian Working Holiday Visa

You are not permitted to apply for this visa if:

  • You have any dependant children.
  • Are younger than 18 or older than 30 at the time of application.
  • Do not hold a valid passport from an Australian government specified eligible country.

Not every country is eligible to apply for a working visa. You must hold a valid passport from one of the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Note: If you have criminal convictions to declare, additional fees will apply.

Visa Details

Country to which the visa applies



holiday / tourism / visiting, study, employment /work

Criminal Convictions

No Criminal Convictions

Valid for stay up to

up to 12 months

Work / Employment Permitted

part time

Study / Training Permitted

up to 4 months


Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan (resident in and applying in Taiwan), The Netherland, United Kingdom – British Citizen

Age Restriction (at time of application)

18-30, 18-35 for Canada, Denmark, France, Republic of Ireland

Multiple Entry


Criminal Convictions?

Australia has very strict rules regarding granting visas to individuals with Criminal convictions.  You certainly can’t use the standard visitor visa applications.

There are bound to be some delays, and additional costs, but you may still be eligible

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