Australian working holiday visa 417

Who can come? 


Citizens from the following countries aged 18 to 30, before turning 31.

 

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong SAR 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
  • United Kingdom

This information is not for you if you are not from one of these countries. See Work and Holiday Visa 462 details, for other countries and visas.

What should I bring with me?

Mini Versions of your Cosmetics.


Clothes for all seasons! Multi purpose clothes you can layer to keep yourself cool in summer, warm in winter. 


Light weight Cotton Clothes, no more than 1 pair of jeans - its too hot for them in the North of AUS. 


Warm clothes if you are headed South. Its colder in TAS and MELB.


Travel Adaptors


A suit for job interviews or nice clothes that can be worn in both day and night if you get invited somewhere special. 1 set only. Think "Little Black Dress".


Lockable bags.

What are some of the rules?

When you apply for your first visa: you must be outside Australia.


When you apply for your second visa (Extension) after completing your 88 days/3mths of regional work, 


If you are outside Australia when you apply, you should be outside when they grant it.


If you are inside Australia when you apply, you should stay in Australia until they grant it. (Ask us about Bridging Visas - what happens when you are waiting for the second visa, how to exit and re-enter if you have a reason to go home briefly)

Working Limits

Why is my visa taking soooooo long to be granted???

Can I study English on a Working Holiday Visa?

Only 6 months per employer, per Working Holiday Visa.


You can return to the employer you worked at on your first visa, only after your first 12 months are completed and you completed your 88 days and have applied for and/or recieved your second visa (Bridging Visa included) if you wish to do a second 6 months there.


Only in special circumstances can you work more than 6 months for 1 employer if you receive special permission from the government first. Please contact us if you would like to apply for special consideration. We can help but we cannot guarantee it will be granted as it is the Government's decision.

Can I study English on a Working Holiday Visa?

Why is my visa taking soooooo long to be granted???

Can I study English on a Working Holiday Visa?

Yes, up to 4 months each time 


(i.e. First WH - once, Second WH - once)


But it should not be your primary motive.


The goal of the visa is to help you to:

 

- enjoy Cultural exchange (travel and have fun with Australians and other culture's young people)


- travel and see Australia


- work to afford your travels


You may study English if you think it will help you to find a job. Contact us if you would like help to find an English school.

Why is my visa taking soooooo long to be granted???

Why is my visa taking soooooo long to be granted???

What happens if I do not enter Australia inside 12mths?

Maybe you didn't attach enough relevant documents to your visa.


Contact us and give us your TRN (Transaction Reference Number) as well as email your passport photo.


We can use these details to check to see where your application is lacking.


It is very common for visa grants or visa decisions to take longer than the prescribed processing time, if you have not included enough information about yourself.


If we think we can help you to improve your application, we may charge you a small fee (agreed upon by us first) to help you to fix/improve it.

What happens if I do not enter Australia inside 12mths?

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

What happens if I do not enter Australia inside 12mths?



If it is your first working holiday and you didn't use it before it expired, you can apply again if your age is still between 18 and 30, before your 31st birthday (international age).

Visas seem like a pain... Can you do it for me?

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

Yes.


Miki has a degree in Australian Migration Law and Practice from the Australian National University.


It means she understands the visa requirements for each visa type as prescribed in Australian Visa Laws.


First Working Holiday Visas are $220, Second Working Holiday Visa (Extensions) are $330 as they require more time and care.


This price does not include the Australian Government's Application Fees.


It is a legal process and it is better to do it correctly the first time than to be refused. If you do it by yourself, please be very careful...reading Refusal Letters from people who didnt apply properly by themselves makes me sad as it is usually from avoidable mistakes.

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

After I finish my 2 Working Holiday Visas, what can I do to stay in Australia longer?

Some people try to apply for Tourist Visas onshore to extend their stay. Onshore Tourist extensions after 2 Working Holidays are getting rarer as you were supposed to have used those 2 years to travel. It is probably better to leave Australia and try to come back a bit later if you wish to travel here again.


If you wish to study we can help you to apply a student visa.


This is only available if you do not have any "no further stay" conditions on your visa.

Am I eligible for free healthcare on my WH Visa?

Only if you are from:


Belgium 

Finland 

Italy – you don’t need to have been living in Italy, but you must be an Italian citizen and meet the other agreement conditions 

Malta 

Netherlands 

New Zealand 

Norway 

Ireland 

Slovenia 

Sweden 

United Kingdom 


But it does not cover Ambulances, non compulsory services or extras (i.e. dentist, physio etc.). 

What should I do if I am not eligible for Medicare?

(and/or don't want to pay the earth for health cover in the event of an emergency)


Buy OVHC Health Insurance.


Ask us for quotes.


Different levels of cover, cost different amounts and cover different illnesses and we may be able to discount your cover depending on how long (in months) you purchase at one time.

Farm Work

Some farm work can be done working with animals. Watch this fun video of life working on a cattle station!


Wear a helmet if you ride a dirt bike (motorcycle for farm usage), get an international drivers license if you will drive a vehicle.


There are lots of ways to have fun and stay safe! 

Other Farm work can be completed doing "Picking or Packing"


That means picking the vegetables or fruits or packing them into boxes for sale at supermarkets around Australia.


There are 2 ways to be paid for picking:


-Hourly Rates (make sure it includes superannuation and tax, is well documented by payslips and a work contract)


- Piece rate Agreement (a contract that specifies you will get $X per bucket/bin/container picked)


Make sure you get a work contract before you start! Keep a copy too!

what to prepare for your farm work life

Safety FIRST - watch this video of workplace disasters and don't be this guy...


SUNSCREEN


Clothes that cover all your skin if possible


A hat that preferably covers your ears


Bright colour clothes are great - like a highlighter yellow colour shirt - because then you can be seen easily. Its less likely your workmates will injure you if they can see you.


Thick gloves. Animals and vegetables can cut or hurt your hands.

What to consider if you want to buy a car for travelling

Whenever you buy things from strangers, take a friend with you for safety and for help in getting a fair deal and try not to buy with cash without getting a tax receipt.


Even take friends with you when you go to look at the farms to look for work. Don't travel alone when group travel can be so much fun and you can look after each other :)


Try to do research and learn from others before making big decisions.

TIPS from survivors/adventurers

- Manage your money (don't run out early, keep emergency funds seperate)

- Look for a better job if you aren't being treated well

- This is a wonderful chance to SEE AUSTRALIA. Don't waste it.

- Don't just stick in one place. See other cities. Travel!

- Fly via another country - see another country on the way!

- Don't waste money drinking, adventures can be had without alcohol.

- You should come alone (or your partner needs to apply their own WH Visa) and bring minimum $5000 to satisfy visa reqs.

Workplace laws

Want to know the minimum wage for your industry/occupation?


Check your rights: fairwork.gov.au