The Australian Working Holiday visa is a temporary visa that allows young people from eligible countries to travel to Australia for up to 12 months, during which they can work and study in Australia to help fund their travels. This visa is designed to promote cultural exchange and give young people the opportunity to experience life in Australia.
The Working Holiday visa is designed for young people aged between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) who want to travel to Australia and work temporarily to support their holiday. The visa allows you to:
- Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
- Work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer
- Study in Australia for up to four months
- Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.
The application process involves:
- Completing an online application form and submitting it to the Department of Home Affairs
- Paying the visa application fee
- Meeting health and character requirements
- Providing evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia.
The Working Holiday visa is valid for up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia. You can enter and leave Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.
To apply for the Working Holiday visa, you must have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia. The amount required varies depending on the length of your stay and whether you have dependents accompanying you. As of 2023, the minimum required funds are:
- $5,000 AUD if you are applying for a 12-month visa
- An additional $2,000 AUD if you have dependents accompanying you.
You will need to provide evidence of sufficient funds when you apply for the visa.
As a Working Holiday visa holder, you must comply with the following obligations:
- Abide by Australian laws and respect the way of life and customs of the Australian people
- Work only for up to six months with each employer (unless you have been granted permission by the Department of Home Affairs to work longer)
- Leave Australia before your visa expires or apply for a new visa before your current visa expires
- Maintain adequate health insurance during your stay in Australia
- Attend any immigration appointments scheduled by the Department of Home Affairs
- Keep your contact details up to date with the Department of Home Affairs.
Note that failure to comply with these obligations may result in your visa being cancelled and you being required to leave Australia.