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Work Visas in Australia: Can I work legally on a tourist visa?
The Tourist or Visitor Visa in Australia has specific conditions for those who hold it. This blog post will talk about those requirements and which sort of visas that allow you to work in Australia.
The visa subclass 600 allows you to be in Australia as a tourist, for a cruise, or for medical treatment, for up to 12 months. Yet, working is not permitted.
Actually, in order to apply for a Tourist Visa, you must have a round-trip plane ticket, as well as a defined trip journey. Additionally, for each trimester you will spend on your trip, you should have $6.000 AUD which should be reflected in your bank statement.
However, if you are thinking about staying in Australia while working or studying, there are other visa types you can apply for.
Which visas allow me to work in Australia?
Student Visa (subclass 500) By holding this visa, you are able to stay in Australia for up to 5 years and in line with your enrolment.
Key to know: You can apply online in or outside the country
Also, you can:
- be enrolled in a course of study in Australia
- work unlimited hours in any sector (before it was only 40 hours per fortnight)
- Bring your family members
Read more about i nternational students’ work limitations in Australia
Working Holiday visa (417) and Work and Holiday visa (462)
First of all, it is key to clarify that subclass 417 is mostly for European countries, such as Belgium, France, Germany and others. Whereas, subclass 462 applies to others like Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
These 2 visa types let people 18 to 30 years old (with some exceptions) have an extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.
Read more: Working Holiday Visa: Age limit increased to 35 years
Regarding the requirements to apply, we can highlight a University Degree certificate and IELTS certificate for subclass 462, and High School Degree for subclass 417.
- You must have a passport from an eligible country
- You can work while you are here
- You can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you meet specific eligibility criteria
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Australian Government endorsed events (COVID-19 Pandemic event)- subclass 408
With this visa you can:
- Remain in Australia for 12 months if you are working or have a job offer to work in critical sectors ( click here to know which sectors are considered )
- Remain in Australia for 6 months if you are working or have a job offer to work in any other sector in Australia
- Include members of the family unit in your application.
At the time of application you must:
- have evidence of your employment or an offer of employment
- hold a substantive visa with work rights that expires in 90 days or less, or that expired 28 days ago or less.
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If you are a worker looking to apply for an Australian visa, the Commonwealth country offers a variety of visa types for professionals. Some of these visas can even lead to temporary or permanent residency for both you and eligible family members.
You could also obtain a visa through Australia’s immigration point system. You will find the specifics of this covered in this section along with Australia’s visa application and process for each type of permit. Plus, all the information you need on visa requirements and visa fees for Australia.
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Work Permits and Employment-Based Visas
Australia offers work permits and employment-based visas for different types of expert workers moving to Australia for job-related purposes. Some of the work visas for skilled professionals include the following list.
Types of Work Permits for Australia
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa – allows skilled workers nominated by their employer to live and work in the country permanently.
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa – allows skilled workers nominated by their employer in regional Australia to live and work in the country permanently.
- Skilled independent visa – for invited workers and New Zealand citizens with skills Australia needs to live and work permanently anywhere in Australia
- Skilled Nominated visa – lets nominated skilled workers live and work in Australia as permanent residents.
- Temporary Skill Shortage visa – temporary visa that enables an employer to sponsor a suitable skilled worker when an Australian is not available
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa – temporary visa for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia.
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa – temporary visa that lets you do short-term, highly-specialized work in the country.
- Temporary Work (International Relations) visa – temporary visa to work in particular circumstances that improve Australia’s international relations
- Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858 for applying within Australia or 124 for applying outside of Australia) – permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognized record of outstanding achievement in a profession, sport, the arts, or academia and research.
In addition to these visas, Australia also has a Business Talent (Permanent) visa , which is specifically for establishing or developing a new or existing business in Australia. Read more about this type of visa in the Self-Employment Visas section below.
Work visas exist for the following professions:
- skilled workers
- people participating in specific activities
- highly specialized workers
- trainees, short-term
- experienced businesspeople
If you are unsure which visa is the most suitable for you, or if you don’t know how to proceed with your application for an Australian visa, contact our immigration professionals today . They will guide you on all the steps you need to take to successfully secure your visa.
Australian Work Visa Requirements
The requirements for depend on your circumstances and the type of visa you apply for.
The different requirements per category are as follows:
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa (Direct Entry Stream)
For the ENS Visa, you must:
- have the skills necessary for the job ( skills assessment will be required, with some exemptions).
- be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations .
- be nominated by an Australian employer.
- meet health (learn more about Australia’s medical exam below) and character requirements.
- have at least Competent English .
- have at least three years of relevant work experience.
- be under 45 years of age (with some exemptions).
- read or have been explained the Life in Australia booklet, and sign the Australian Values Statement.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa (Direct Entry Stream)
For the RSMS Visa you must:
- be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia.
- be under 45 years of age.
- agree to remain employed with your nominating employer in regional Australia for a minimum of 2 years.
- meet h ealth and character requirements.
- read or have been explained the Life in Australia booklet, and sign the Australian Values Statement.
Skilled Independent Visa
For invited workers, who must:
- be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency and invited to apply by submitting an expression of interest (EOI) .
- satisfy points test with 65 points or more (learn more about Australia’s immigration point system below).
- meet health and character requirements.
- read or have been explained the Life in Australia booklet, and sign the A ustralian Values Statement.
For New Zealand citizens who must:
- hold a New Zealand Special Category visa (subclass 444).
- have lived in Australia for at least five years.
- have started living in Australia on or before February 19, 2016.
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
For this type of visa, you must:
- hold a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A , B , or C and complied with previous visa conditions, if applying within Australia.
- be nominated by an approved sponsor to fill an occupation on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (for the short-term stream ) or Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (for the medium-term stream ).
- have worked in your nominated occupation or a related field for at least two years.
- have adequate health insurance.
Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa
For the invited pathway, you must:
- be nominated by an Australian state, territory government agency, or sponsored by an eligible relative and invited to apply by submitting an expression of interest (EOI).
- have a suitable skills assessment
- satisfy a points test with 65 points or more (learn more about Australia’s immigration point system below).
If you apply via the extended stay pathway , you will have to previously hold the Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475), Skilled Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 487), Skilled Independent Regional visa (subclass 495), or the Skilled Designated Area Sponsored Provisional visa (subclass 496) at the time of application. There is no age limit when you apply via this pathway.
Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa
- have highly specialized skills, knowledge, or experience to support Australian business and do on-going work (six months or less).
- have adequate funds to support yourself.
Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa
For this visa, you must:
- stating that you are engaged in a bilateral agreement between Australia / Australian state or territory government, and another country (for those applying via the Government Agreement stream );
- from the foreign government agency, ministry, mission, international organization, or Australian school or relevant state or territory education authority (for foreign language teachers) for those applying via the Foreign Government Agency stream ;
- or from the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs Trade (DFAT) for those applying via the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream .
- hold a temporary substantive visa if applying within Australia.
If you apply via the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream, an interview and employment contract may be required.
Distinguished Talent Visa
For this type of Australian visa, you must:
- be nominated.
- contribute in a way that benefits the Australian community economically, socially, or culturally, or raise Australia’s academic, artistic, or sports standing internationally.
- have the ability to establish yourself in the country either through work in your field or by becoming independently established.
- be internationally recognized with a record of achievement in a profession, sport, the arts, or academia and research.
- have at least functional English.
Australia Work Visa Costs
The work visas mentioned above all have a cost of 4,045 AUD (2,955 USD) with the exception of the following:
- Temporary Skill Shortage visa – 1,265 AUD (925 USD) for short-term stream or 2,645 AUD (1,925 USD) for medium-term stream
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (extended stay pathway) – 360 AUD (265 USD)
- Temporary Work visas – 310 AUD (225 USD) except in limited circumstances
- Distinguished Talent visa – 4,110 AUD (3,000 USD)
Work Permit Visa Application Form for Australia
You can apply for most visas online on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website via ImmiAccount . If your visa requires an official invitation to apply, you can submit an EOI on SkillSelect.
All the visas we discussed, will allow you to bring eligible family members with you by sponsoring or applying for a subsequent entrant visa for them, except for the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream of the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa.
Australia’s Medical Exam for Your Visa
If your visa requires you to meet Australia’s health standards, you may be subject to a health examination. This could include a medical exam, TB Screening test, chest x-ray, HIV test, hepatitis B and C test, and syphilis test, depending on the visa you are applying for.
To arrange your health examination if in Australia, you can do so with Bupa Medical Visa Services.
If you are outside of the country, you can book your medical exam with one of the Department’s approved panel physicians or clinics. For information on this, you can contact an immigration office near you.
Australia’s Immigration Point System
If you are invited to apply for a visa that requires a points test, this is an overview of the points system:
- At least 18 but less than 25 years old—25 points
- At least 25 but less than 33 years old—30 points
- At least 33 but less than 40 years old—25 points
- At least 40 but less than 45 years old—15 points
English Language Skills
- Competent English—0 points
- Proficient English—10 points
- Superior English—20 points
Overseas Skilled Employment
- Less than three years—0 points
- At least three but less than five years—5 points
- At least five but less than eight years—10 points
- At least eight years—15 points
Australian Skilled Employment
- Less than a year—0 points
- At least one but less than three years—5 points
- At least three but less than five years—10 points
- At least five but less than eight years—15 points
- At least eight years—20 points
- Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or another educational institution of recognized standard —20 points
- Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or at least a bachelor qualification from another educational institution of recognized standard —15 points
- Diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution—10 points
- Attained a qualification or award recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation as being suitable for that occupation—10 points
Specialist Education Qualification
- Masters degree by research or a doctorate from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years’ study in a relevant field—5 points
Australian Study Requirement
- Must meet the Australian study requirement—5 points
Professional Year in Australia
- Completion of a professional year in the country—5 points
Community Language Credential
- Hold a recognized qualification in a credentialled community language—5 points
Study in Regional Australia
- At least one degree, diploma, or trade certificate from an Australian educational institution that satisfies the Australian study requirement obtained while living and studying in an eligible area of regional Australia—5 points
- Spouse or de facto partner must also be an applicant for a visa and meet age, English, and skill criteria—5 points
Nomination or Sponsorship
- Invited to apply for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa because you were nominated, or are being sponsored for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa by a family member that has been accepted by the Minister—10 points
Self-Employment Visas for Australia
There are two streams for Australia’s self-employment visa or Business Talent (Permanent) visa for applicants:
- Significant Business History
- Venture Capital Entrepreneur.
The first is for experienced business owners to operate a new or existing business in Australia. The latter is for those who have sourced venture capital from funding from a member of the Australian Investment Council (AIC), and are seeking to operate a new or existing business.
Requirements for a Self-Employment Visa in Australia
For the Significant Business History stream , applicants will need
- a net value of at least 1.5 million AUD (around 1 million USD);
- an annual business turnover of at least 3 million AUD (more than 2.1 million USD) for at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before being invited to apply;
- total net assets of at least 400,000 AUD (290,000 USD) as the ownership interest in one or more qualifying businesses for at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before being invited to apply;
- to be younger than 55 years of age, although this can be waived if your proposed business will be of exceptional economic benefit to the region where it will operate.
For the Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream , applicants will need to have secured at least 1 million AUD (730,000 USD) in funding for a high-value business idea.
Both streams require you to:
- be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency before being invited to apply for the visa;
- meet the health and character requirements;
- read or have been explained the Life in Australia booklet, and sign the Australian Values Statement ;
The cost of this Australian visa is 7,855 AUD (5,750 USD).
How to Apply for an Australian Self-Employment Visa and Where to Find the Application Forms
Step 1—Submit an EOI
Submit an EOI on SkillSelect, and afterward, you will be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency and be invited to apply.
Step 2—Collect your Documents
Gather the appropriate identity documents and prepare your evidence of venture capital funding, assets, business intentions and activities, as applicable.
Step 3—Apply for your Visa
You can find the application form on ImmiAccount . Your official invitation letter will come with detailed instructions on how to submit your application.
Once you have successfully submitted your visa application, you will get confirmation that your application and documents were received. Your application can be tracked and managed online via ImmiAccount.
Step 5—Receive your Result
You will receive the official decision on your visa application request in writing. If approved, you will receive your visa grant number, start date of your visa, and visa conditions, if applicable. If refused, you will get a reason why and whether you have a right to a review of the decision. Keep in mind that your visa application fee will not be refunded if your visa application is rejected.
Residence Permits: Temporary and Permanent
How to Become an Australian Permanent Resident? You can obtain permanent residency in Australia if you apply for and are granted a permanent visa that allows you to remain in the country indefinitely. Options include skilled work visas, business / investor-stream permanent visas, or family visas for accompanying/joining family members. The following are permanent visas, which lead to permanent residency:
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa
- Skilled independent visa
- Skilled Nominated visa
- Distinguished Talent visa
- Business Talent (Permanent) visa
For information on Australia’s permanent resident application, please refer to the section above, which outlines Australia’s permanent resident visa requirements, and permanent resident fees, for each particular visa.
Permanent Resident Benefits
Australian permanent residents can
- remain in the country indefinitely;
- work and study in Australia;
- enroll in the country’s national health scheme, Medicare;
- apply for bank loans to buy property;
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence;
- apply for citizenship, if eligible;
- work in New Zealand;
- travel to and from Australia for as long as your travel facility permits;
- attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program .
How to Apply for a Temporary Residence Permit
The application for a temporary resident permit is the same as applying for one of the many temporary residence visas for professionals, outlined in the section above, along with requirements and fees. For workers, those can include:
- Temporary Skill Shortage visa
- Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
- Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
Family Visa: Spouse/Fiancé Visa Process for Australia
With Australia’s Prospective Marriage visa (temporary residency permit), you can come to the country to marry your partner and later apply for a Partner visa (permanent residency permit). The fiancé visa process is outlined in great detail on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website. It offers a step-by-step guide on what you need to do before applying, every document you require, how to apply for the visa online, and even information on things to do after you have sent in your application.
Requirements for Australian Temporary Residence for Partners
Spouses of an Australian permanent resident visa holder can apply for Australia’s Partner visa (either in Australia or overseas ). You will be granted a temporary residency permit first, which will then lead to a permanent residency permit for partners known as the Partner visa.
If you are joining a spouse in Australia, who is in the country on a temporary residence visa permit, you too can join them in the country temporarily with a subsequent entrant application. You can find the application form on ImmiAccount .
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Learn about visa requirements for entry to Australia for tourism purposes with this list of frequently asked questions.
Please note this page is intended to provide general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Tourism Australia is not the Australian government visa granting authority. For information on visas to enter Australia, visitors should seek the most up-to-date information from Australian Government Department of Home Affairs .*
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- Be sure to secure the appropriate visa before travelling to Australia. Use the Visa Finder to explore your options.
- Ensure all details are correct and provide all required documents when you apply. An incomplete or incorrect application can delay your visa.
- Submitting multiple applications at the same time can slow the process. For visitor visas, submit one application per person, including children.
- Questions? The Australian Government's Global Service Centre can help.
Australian Visa Information
Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders, regardless of age, must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of Australian visa types, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, via the ETA app or on the Department of Home Affairs website.
There are different Australian visa types available for travellers to Australia. Knowing which Australian visa to apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport and the purpose of your visit. You’ll also need to meet certain financial and medical requirements, be outside of Australia when applying and maintain health insurance for the duration of your stay.
Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions, who live outside Australia. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is here .
All ETA-eligible passport holders must apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app. Agents can assist you in the application process, but you must be physically present as a live facial image is required.
eVisitor (subclass 651) This is a free visa for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of European countries and it cannot be extended.
Visitor visa (subclass 600) The Visitor visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes. It is open to all nationalities. Generally, a period of stay of up to three months is granted, but up to 12 months may be granted in certain circumstances. Applicants will have to pay a fee to submit their application.
The application process may differ depending on which visa you need.
You can only apply for the Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) through the Australian ETA app. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is located here .
For other visas, you can apply online by creating an ImmiAccount and completing the application process. Be sure to submit your application well in advance of your travel date to allow enough time for processing. You may be asked to provide further supporting information. You will be notified in writing if your tourist visa is approved and it will be digitally linked to your passport. For more information on different visa types, and Australian visa requirements including how to apply for an Australian visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
If you are already in Australia and hold a valid Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) you can extend your stay by applying for another visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600). An eVisitor (subclass 651) cannot be extended.
See the Department of Home Affairs website for details.
Working Holiday Visas
Australia's Working Holiday Maker program allows visitors aged under 30 (or 35 in certain cases) who hold a passport from a participating country to travel and work in Australia. Working holiday visas are valid for one year, or up to three years if you meet certain conditions.
Find out more about working holiday visas here .
*Australian visa regulations (including visa application charges) change from time to time. The information provided here is valid at the time of publication, but visitors should check this information is still current by visiting the Australian Department of Home Affairs .
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The Ultimate Guide To Working Holiday Visas In Australia
Published: October 17, 2023
by Pauline Vanegas
Australia is a dream destination for many travelers around the world. With its stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and unique wildlife, it offers a wealth of experiences and opportunities. If you’re looking to combine work and travel, a Working Holiday Visa in Australia might be the perfect solution.
A Working Holiday Visa allows you to explore Australia while working and earning money to support your travels. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the Australian culture, meet new people, and gain valuable work experience. Whether you’re interested in working on a farm, in hospitality, or in a professional field, a Working Holiday Visa provides you with the flexibility to choose where and how you work.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Working Holiday Visas in Australia. From the eligibility requirements to the application process and the various types of visas available, we’ll provide you with all the essential information to make your dream of working and traveling in Australia a reality.
So, grab a cup of coffee (or a cold beer), sit back, and let’s dive into the world of Working Holiday Visas in Australia!
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
A Working Holiday Visa is a special type of visa that allows young people, usually between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 (depending on the specific country), to travel to Australia and work there for a certain period of time. It is designed to encourage cultural exchange and provide opportunities for young individuals to explore and experience life in Australia.
When you obtain a Working Holiday Visa, you have the chance to work and travel throughout Australia, embracing the country’s diverse landscapes, cities, and culture. You can engage in short-term jobs, gain work experience, and sustain your stay through the earnings obtained during your time in Australia.
One of the major advantages of a Working Holiday Visa is that it offers flexibility. You have the freedom to choose where you want to live, which jobs you want to undertake, and how long you want to stay in each location. This gives you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the Australian way of life, interact with locals, and explore different parts of the country at your own pace.
It’s important to note that the terms and conditions of the Working Holiday Visa may vary depending on your country of origin. Australia has reciprocal agreements with several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, and many more, allowing citizens of these countries to apply for the Working Holiday Visa program.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what a Working Holiday Visa is, let’s delve into the eligibility requirements and the application process to help you get started on your Australian adventure!
To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements may vary depending on your country of origin, so it’s important to check the specific criteria for your country. However, here are the general eligibility requirements:
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 (again, depending on the country) at the time of application.
- You must hold a valid passport from an eligible country with at least six months’ validity remaining.
- You must not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (unless you are applying for a second-year visa).
- You must have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia. The exact amount required may vary, so it’s important to check the current financial requirements.
- You must have proof of health insurance to cover any medical expenses during your stay in Australia.
- You must meet health and character requirements, which typically involve providing a medical examination certificate and a police clearance certificate.
- You must not be accompanied by dependent children during your stay in Australia.
It’s important to note that some countries have additional specific requirements, such as the need for a letter of support from their government or proof of specific qualifications or skills.
If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you can proceed with the application process for the Working Holiday Visa. Let’s explore the application process in the next section, so you’re ready to embark on your Australian adventure!
Applying for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia is a relatively straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through the application process:
- Check your eligibility: Before starting the application process, ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements for the Working Holiday Visa. Review the specific criteria for your country of origin.
- Gather necessary documentation: Collect all the required documents for your visa application. This may include your passport, proof of funds, health insurance, and other supporting documents.
- Create an ImmiAccount: Visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website and create an ImmiAccount. This account will be used to submit your visa application and track its progress.
- Complete the online application form: Log in to your ImmiAccount and complete the online application form for the Working Holiday Visa. Provide accurate and up-to-date information.
- Pay the application fee: After submitting the application form, you will be prompted to pay the visa application fee. The fee amount may vary, so check the current fees on the Department of Home Affairs website.
- Upload supporting documents: Once the payment is made, you will be required to upload all the necessary supporting documents to finalize your application. Ensure that all the documents are clear, legible, and meet the specified requirements.
- Submit the application: After completing the online form and uploading all the required documents, review your application and submit it through your ImmiAccount.
- Wait for a decision: The processing time for Working Holiday Visa applications can vary, but it typically takes a few weeks. You can check the status of your application through your ImmiAccount.
- Receive your visa grant: Once your application is approved, you will receive a visa grant notification via email. Make sure to save a copy of the visa grant notice for your records.
It’s important to remember that the application process may vary slightly depending on your country of origin. It’s always a good idea to thoroughly review the specific requirements and instructions outlined on the Department of Home Affairs website.
With the application process completed, you’re one step closer to starting your working holiday adventure in Australia. In the next section, we’ll explore the different types of Working Holiday Visas available, so you can choose the best option for your plans.
Types of Working Holiday Visas
Australia offers different types of Working Holiday Visas, each with its own set of conditions and requirements. The most common types of Working Holiday Visas are:
- Working Holiday (subclass 417): This visa is available for applicants from countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, and others. It allows you to work and travel in Australia for up to 12 months. You can also study for up to 4 months.
- Work and Holiday (subclass 462): This visa is available for applicants from countries such as the United States, Argentina, Poland, Thailand, and others. It allows you to work and travel in Australia for up to 12 months. However, the conditions may vary depending on the country of origin.
Both visas allow you to engage in short-term work and study while in Australia. They provide you with the opportunity to earn money to fund your travels and gain valuable work experience in various industries.
It’s important to note that the Working Holiday Visa program may also include the option to extend your visa for an additional 12 months. However, to be eligible for the extension, you must meet certain criteria, such as completing a minimum period of specified work in regional Australia during your initial visa period.
Before applying for a Working Holiday Visa, it’s advisable to thoroughly research the conditions, requirements, and limitations associated with each type of visa. This will help you make an informed decision and choose the visa that best suits your needs and plans.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of Working Holiday Visas, let’s move on to discussing the duration and conditions of these visas in the next section.
Duration and Conditions
The duration and conditions of Working Holiday Visas in Australia may vary depending on the type of visa you hold. Here is a general overview:
Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417):
A Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) allows you to stay, work, and travel in Australia for up to 12 months. However, there are certain conditions and restrictions that you must adhere to:
- You can work for the same employer for a maximum of 6 months.
- You can study for up to 4 months.
- You can enter and leave Australia multiple times during the validity of your visa.
- You must comply with all Australian laws and regulations.
- You must maintain adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay.
- You may engage in specified types of work to become eligible for a second-year visa extension. This typically involves working in regional areas for a minimum of 3 months.
Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462):
A Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) also allows you to stay, work, and travel in Australia for up to 12 months, with certain conditions and limitations:
- There may be specific requirements and conditions based on your country of origin, such as the need for a letter of support from your government or the completion of a pre-departure course.
It’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific conditions and limitations of your Working Holiday Visa to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in visa cancellation and potential removal from Australia.
Now that you understand the duration and conditions of the Working Holiday Visas, let’s explore the working rights you have while on these visas in the next section.
Working Holiday Visa holders in Australia have certain rights and limitations when it comes to employment. Here’s what you need to know:
With a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462), you are allowed to work legally in Australia for up to 12 months. During this period, you have the flexibility to take up short-term or casual employment in various industries. You can work full-time or part-time, depending on your preference and availability. There are no restrictions on the type of work you can undertake, giving you the freedom to explore different job opportunities.
However, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:
- You can work for the same employer for a maximum of 6 months while holding a Working Holiday Visa or a Work and Holiday Visa.
- Working beyond the 6-month limit with the same employer may be possible if you obtain permission from the Department of Home Affairs.
- You are entitled to the same workplace rights and protections as Australian workers, including fair wages and safe working conditions.
- It’s important to familiarize yourself with the Australian workplace laws and regulations to ensure you are aware of your rights and obligations as an employee.
It’s worth noting that certain industries, such as healthcare and some government positions, may have specific requirements or restrictions for employment. Make sure to check if there are any additional requirements or limitations in your desired field of work.
Having a Working Holiday Visa also gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in your chosen industry. This can be a great asset to your resume and future career prospects.
Now that you know your working rights while on a Working Holiday Visa, let’s discuss the tax and superannuation requirements in the next section.
Tax and Superannuation
When working in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, you are required to pay taxes and may be eligible for superannuation contributions. Here’s what you need to know about tax and superannuation:
As a Working Holiday Visa holder, you are subject to the Australian tax system. This means you are required to pay taxes on the income you earn while working in Australia. The tax you pay will depend on the amount you earn and the tax rates applicable for your income bracket.
As a temporary resident, you will generally be taxed at a higher rate than Australian residents. The exact tax rates and thresholds can change each year, so it’s important to check the current rates with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or seek advice from a qualified tax professional.
Most employers in Australia will automatically deduct the appropriate amount of tax from your wages before you receive them. This is known as Pay As You Go (PAYG) tax. At the end of the financial year, typically between June and July, you will need to lodge a tax return with the ATO to reconcile your income and determine if you are due a tax refund or if you owe any additional taxes.
A superannuation fund is a retirement savings account that employers are required to contribute to on behalf of their eligible employees in Australia. As a Working Holiday Visa holder, you may be eligible for these contributions, which can provide financial security for your retirement.
If you earn more than $450 before tax in a calendar month, your employer is generally required to contribute 9.5% of your earnings into a superannuation fund. However, it’s important to note that as a temporary resident, you may not be able to access your superannuation until you depart Australia permanently.
If you leave Australia and are not planning to retire here, you can apply for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP) and have your superannuation balance paid to you. Alternatively, you may be able to transfer your superannuation funds to a complying overseas superannuation fund.
It’s advisable to seek guidance from a financial advisor or the ATO for detailed information on tax and superannuation obligations specific to your individual circumstances.
Now that we’ve covered tax and superannuation requirements, let’s move on to discussing health insurance options for Working Holiday Visa holders in the next section.
Having adequate health insurance is an important aspect of your stay in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. It ensures that you have access to necessary medical services and safeguards you from high healthcare costs. Here’s what you need to know about health insurance:
While in Australia, Working Holiday Visa holders from eligible countries are entitled to limited access to Australia’s public healthcare system, known as Medicare. Medicare provides access to essential medical services, including visits to general practitioners and specialists, hospital care, and some prescription medications. However, it’s important to note that Medicare does not cover all medical services or provide emergency medical evacuation.
To qualify for Medicare, you must be from a country that has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. This includes countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and several European nations. You will need to register for Medicare and provide the necessary documentation, such as your passport and visa details.
Private Health Insurance:
While Medicare offers some coverage, it is highly recommended for Working Holiday Visa holders to also consider purchasing private health insurance. Private health insurance provides additional benefits and coverage, such as extended hospital stays, dental services, ambulance transportation, and access to a wider network of healthcare providers.
Various insurance providers offer health insurance plans tailored specifically for Working Holiday Visa holders. These plans can be customized to suit your needs and budget, providing you with peace of mind and comprehensive coverage during your stay in Australia.
Prior to purchasing health insurance, carefully review the policy terms and conditions to ensure it meets your specific requirements. Compare different insurance providers, their coverage options, waiting periods, and exclusions to make an informed decision.
Having comprehensive health insurance not only protects you from unexpected medical expenses but also ensures that you have access to quality healthcare services without delay.
Now that you understand the importance of health insurance, let’s move on to discussing accommodation and transportation options for Working Holiday Visa holders in Australia in the next section.
Accommodation and Transportation
When embarking on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, it’s essential to plan for accommodation and transportation during your stay. Here’s what you need to know about these important aspects:
There are various options for accommodation as a Working Holiday Visa holder in Australia:
- Hostels and Backpacker Accommodation: Hostels are a popular choice among travelers due to their affordability and social atmosphere. They offer dormitory-style rooms or private rooms at a budget-friendly price. Many hostels also provide communal areas, kitchen facilities, and organized activities, making them ideal for meeting fellow travelers.
- Shared Accommodation: Renting a room in a shared house or apartment is another cost-effective option. Websites and platforms such as Gumtree and Facebook groups dedicated to accommodation can help you find available listings. Sharing accommodation not only helps reduce costs but also provides an opportunity to connect with locals or other travelers.
- Short-Term Rentals: Platforms like Airbnb offer short-term rental options that allow you to have your own space and enjoy a more comfortable stay. This can be a great option if you prefer privacy or are traveling with a group.
- Work Exchange Programs: Some organizations offer work exchange programs where you work a few hours per day in exchange for accommodation. This can provide a unique cultural experience and help reduce accommodation costs.
It’s advisable to book your initial accommodation in advance to ensure you have a place to stay upon arrival. Once you are in Australia, you can explore different options and decide on the most suitable accommodation for your needs.
Australia offers various transportation options to help you get around the country during your Working Holiday Visa:
- Public Transport: Major cities in Australia have efficient public transportation networks, including buses, trains, trams, and ferries. Public transport is a convenient and cost-effective way to navigate through the city and explore its attractions.
- Ridesharing: Ridesharing services like Uber and Ola are widely available in urban areas and provide a convenient and flexible mode of transportation.
- Car Rental: Renting a car can give you the freedom to explore more remote areas at your own pace. Several car rental agencies operate in Australia, offering a range of vehicles to suit your needs.
- Bicycles: Many cities in Australia have bicycle-friendly infrastructure, and bike sharing services are available in some areas. Renting or purchasing a bicycle can be an eco-friendly and enjoyable way to commute short distances.
Consider your location, budget, and transportation needs when selecting the most appropriate option for getting around in Australia.
Now that you have an idea about accommodation and transportation, let’s move on to discussing finding employment opportunities on a Working Holiday Visa in the next section.
One of the key benefits of a Working Holiday Visa in Australia is the opportunity to work and earn money to support your travels. Here are some tips to help you find employment opportunities:
- Online Job Platforms: Websites such as Seek, Indeed, and Gumtree are popular platforms for job seekers in Australia. You can filter job listings based on location, industry, and job type to find suitable opportunities.
- Local Job Agencies: Many cities have job agencies that specialize in temporary or casual employment. These agencies can connect you with potential employers and help you find suitable job openings.
- Working Holiday Visa Networks: Joining Working Holiday Visa communities, forums, and social media groups can provide valuable information about job opportunities, shared experiences, and advice from fellow travelers. Networking can lead to job leads and recommendations.
- Seasonal Work: Australia offers a variety of seasonal work opportunities, such as fruit picking, vineyard work, and farm work. These jobs are often available in regional areas and can provide a unique cultural experience while earning money.
- Hospitality and Tourism: With its thriving hospitality and tourism industries, Australia offers employment opportunities in bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and tourism-related businesses. Having prior experience or relevant skills can be advantageous in securing these positions.
- Volunteering: Volunteering can be a rewarding way to gain experience and contribute to a cause you care about. It can also enhance your skills and provide valuable references for future job opportunities.
When applying for jobs, ensure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the specific job requirements. Highlight any relevant skills, experience, or certifications that can make you stand out as a candidate. Be prepared for interviews and dress appropriately to make a positive impression.
It’s also important to be proactive and persistent in your job search. Follow up on applications, attend networking events, and keep an open mind about the types of opportunities available.
Remember to familiarize yourself with the Australian workplace laws, including minimum wage, working conditions, and employee rights, to ensure you are treated fairly in your employment.
Now that you have some strategies for finding employment, let’s explore the travel opportunities you can enjoy during your Working Holiday Visa in the next section.
Australia is a vast and diverse country that offers an abundance of travel opportunities for Working Holiday Visa holders. Here are some of the top travel destinations and experiences to consider during your time in Australia:
- Sydney: Explore Australia’s largest city, known for its iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and the stunning Blue Mountains just outside the city.
- Melbourne: Immerse yourself in the cultural capital of Australia, known for its art, music, and culinary scenes. Discover hidden laneways, indulge in world-class dining, and attend exciting events and festivals.
- Great Barrier Reef: Experience the wonder of the world’s largest coral reef system, located off the coast of Queensland. Snorkel or dive among the colorful marine life, relax on pristine beaches, and explore the tropical rainforests of the region.
- Uluru (Ayers Rock): Witness the beauty and spirituality of Uluru, a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Australian Outback. Take part in guided walks, learn about Aboriginal culture, and witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the iconic rock formation.
- The Great Ocean Road: Embark on a road trip along this scenic coastal route in Victoria. Marvel at the breathtaking Twelve Apostles, stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and charming coastal towns along the way.
- Tasmania: Discover the natural beauty of Tasmania, an island state known for its rugged landscapes, pristine wilderness areas, and unique wildlife. Explore national parks, hike to stunning waterfalls, and indulge in delicious local food and wine.
- Whitsunday Islands: Sail through the picture-perfect Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, known for their crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and vibrant marine life. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, unwind on secluded beaches, and witness stunning sunsets.
These are just a few examples of the incredible travel opportunities that await you in Australia. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Australia has it all.
Plan your travels wisely, taking into consideration the seasonal variations and weather conditions of different regions. Research transportation options, accommodation, and activities in advance to make the most of your time in each destination.
Remember to explore beyond the popular tourist spots, as Australia boasts countless hidden gems and unique experiences just waiting to be discovered.
Now that you have an idea of the travel opportunities in Australia, let’s discuss the possibility of extending your Working Holiday Visa in the next section.
Extending your Visa
If you’re enjoying your time in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and want to extend your stay, you may be eligible for a visa extension under certain circumstances. Here are the options for extending your visa:
If you have completed a minimum of three months of specified work in a designated regional area while on your first Working Holiday Visa, you may be eligible to apply for a second-year visa. Specified work includes industries such as agriculture, fishing, construction, and tourism, among others.
The second-year visa offers an additional 12 months of work and travel opportunities, giving you more time to explore Australia and gain further work experience. To be eligible, you must meet the specified work criteria and apply before your first visa expires.
Third-Year Visa (subclass 417):
In certain circumstances, Working Holiday Visa holders from Canada and Ireland have the opportunity to apply for a third-year visa. To be eligible, you must have completed six months of specified work in regional areas of Australia during your second year on the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).
Graduate Visa (subclass 485):
If you have completed studies in Australia in a field that is in demand, you may be eligible for a Graduate Visa (subclass 485). This visa allows you to work full-time in Australia for up to 18 months, providing valuable post-study work experience and an opportunity to explore career opportunities in Australia.
It’s important to note that eligibility criteria, conditions, and requirements for visa extensions can vary. It’s advisable to check the Department of Home Affairs website or consult with a visa specialist to ensure you meet the specific requirements for extending your visa.
Remember to keep track of your visa’s expiry date and initiate the extension process well in advance to allow for processing time.
Now that you know the options for extending your visa, let’s wrap up this guide to Working Holiday Visas in Australia in the concluding section.
Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of our comprehensive guide to Working Holiday Visas in Australia. We hope this guide has provided you with valuable information and insights to make your working holiday experience in Australia a success.
A Working Holiday Visa offers a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich culture of Australia while gaining work experience and making lifelong memories.
Remember to thoroughly research the eligibility requirements and application process specific to your country of origin. Prepare the necessary documentation, and ensure you meet the health insurance, tax, and superannuation obligations during your stay.
Take advantage of the diverse employment opportunities available to you, from short-term jobs to seasonal work, and consider extending your visa if you wish to continue your Australian adventure.
As you travel across Australia, embrace the chance to visit iconic landmarks like Sydney Opera House, explore the Great Barrier Reef, hike in the Blue Mountains, marvel at Uluru, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
Discover the natural wonders, unique wildlife, and the warm hospitality of the Australian people. Engage in local communities, make new friends, and experience the cultural diversity of this incredible country.
Remember, your Working Holiday Visa isn’t just about work; it’s an opportunity for personal growth, cultural exchange, and creating unforgettable memories.
So, pack your bags, put on your adventurous spirit, and get ready for an amazing journey down under with your Working Holiday Visa in Australia!
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The Working Holiday Australia Visa: All You Need To Know
Posted: October 26, 2023 | Last updated: November 7, 2023
The Working Holiday Visa for Australia is a great option for young people wanting to travel around Australia while still earning a buck.
The WHV Australia program, is suitable for international visitors under the age of 30, to enjoy an extended stay in Australia – therefore it mostly attracts gap year students, backpackers and people on a career break looking for a means to keep traveling.
It’s not only a way to earn money, but an opportunity to gain new skills, to live locally, and really experience life down under. You can immerse yourself in the culture, meet locals and form life long friendships.
From a career standpoint, the ability to gain new skills by performing different and unusual jobs, or by volunteering on worthwhile projects, can enhance any CV.
But if you’re not sure what you need to do to get the visa, and how to plan your new life in Aus, then keep reading for everything you need to know about this visa…
Where to Submit Your Application
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The general requirements in obtaining a WHV for Australia include the following items. Please ensure you tick all these boxes before putting in your Australian Working Holiday Visa application:
- You must have turned 18, but not turned 31, at the time of your visa application
- You must apply for the WHV Australia visa when you are outside of the country.
- Your country must have eligibility
- You can’t have entered the country on a WHV program before.
- You must apply no more than 12 months before you intend to travel to Oz.
- You must hold a valid passport for the country or region participating in the working holiday schemes.
- You may need to show a copy of your birth certificate with your parents’ names
- A clean record. Anyone with previous convictions may need to go to your embassy for an interview.
- Be of good health. If you have any health conditions, you may be asked to do an interview at your embassy.
- Visa fee = $635 Australian Dollars
Some key benefits of this visa are you can leave and re-enter as much as you like within those 12 months and you can enter the country at any time within 3 months of your visas grant date.
This is a temporary visa and is valid for one year, but can be renewed. You cannot apply for this visa if you are in Australia on a tourist visa as it’s activated upon entering the country.
How To Apply For Australian Working Holiday Visas
Before you can apply for the visa, you need to know which subclass you belong to.
The are actually two categories, subclass 417 and subclass 462 , and it depends on which country you come from.
The Working Holiday Maker Visa (Subclass 417) is available to people from the following countries:
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas Passport Holders)
- Republic of Ireland
- South Korea / Republic of Korea
The benefits of this visa is that is allows you a bonus 2nd year .
Due to the high demand for workers in Australia’s harvest industry (farm work), anyone who works three months or more in an agricultural position can qualify to renew their visa for a 2nd Year.
The second working holiday visa costs $635 and allows you to stay for an additional year.
After 6 months on your second Australian working holiday visa, you can apply for a third year.
The Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) is for people from:
- Czech Republic
- Slovak Republic
Now you know which subclass to look for, you can apply for your visa online by filling in the simple online application form.
Be sure to have copies of the documents mentioned above to show immigration on arrival if you need to.
Click here to apply for subclass 417 and click here to apply for subclass 462.
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One of the elements of a successful working holiday is to find local, seasonal employment to use as a means to fund your travels around the country. This is not easy. But, Global Work and Travel makes it so as they have spent years with hundreds of local businesses that do hire travellers.
We are enthusiastic partners of theirs as we believe in what they do, avid lovers of working abroad, and know they can help you!
They offer the complete package and, most importantly, help score you job interviews with awesome local businesses so you can stay longer and fund all your Australian adventures!
Their in-country team will help get you set up with all the essentials you need including working holiday visa application advice, transfers & accommodation, local experiences, an Aussie local bank account and mobile number, plus so much more.
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Moving to Australia Tips
Deciding to move to Australia is the easy part, and once you have submitted your application, now you’ve got to organize the actual move to Australia.
Here are some things to consider after the application process…
- Open a Bank Account Pre-Arrival – Sorting out your finances before you leave can make life easier. There a three banks with international services that can help you. Try the HSBC , the Commonwealth Bank , or the ANZ.
- Get a Tax File Number (TFN) – Before you start working in Australia, you need to get a tax file number. You can only complete this application once you are in Australia. Learn more by visiting the Australian Government Taxation website .
- Do You Have to Lodge an Income Tax Return? – If you are working in Australia you need to determine whether you are an Australian resident for tax purposes. Non-residents pay tax differently from residents. Learn more here.
- Healthcare Agreement – The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with: United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malta and Italy.
To enroll in the Australian Medicare System you will need the following items:
- your diplomatic passport with a valid visa.
- to provide, in some cases, identification showing you are enrolled in your country’s national health scheme.
If your application is approved, you will receive an Australian reciprocal health care card in the mail. Learn more here.
Note: If you have been living in Australia, intend leaving Australia soon, or have recently left Australia, there are things you need to do to get your tax affairs in order. Learn more here .
Finding a Place to Stay in Australia
Finding hostels, a flat-mate, a budget hotel, or other cheap accommodation is an important part of your working holiday Australia trip.
Depending on your budget, your comfort zone, your travel style, and your relationship status, there are many options for finding the right accommodation to suit your short term and long term needs.
1. Stay in a Hostel
When you first arrive in Australia and you need budget accommodation, a Hostel is a great place to start. They are cheap, everywhere, and a great place to meet other travellers and locals.
Use these sites to search:
- YHA (Youth Hostels Australia) – If you want to travel Australia on a budget and receive 10% off hostels plus discounts on transport, tours, and activities, then get yourself a YHA Membership.
2. Find a Flat or a Flat-Mate
Sharing a flat is another great budget option:
- Gum Tree – a fantastic site for finding flats, units, apartments, and houses to rent.
- Flatmate Finder – is a great resource to advertise yourself if you are looking for a room, or to find rooms that are already being advertised. Membership and advertising on Flatmate Finder is FREE!
3. Find a Cheap Hotel
There are several Hotel booking sites to compare hotel prices and facilities in Australia. Check out these sites:
- Hotwire (last minute deals)
4. VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
Vacation Rentals By Owner , or VRBO, is a great resource to find a vacation property, which can sometimes be cheaper than a hotel. Vacation rentals can also offer more space and privacy.
VRBO provide an online space for homeowners to advertise their vacation properties and make it easy for travelers to search 150,000+ rentals in over 100 countries worldwide .
Mind My House is a global house sitting matching service. They provide all the online tools for home owners and house sitters to find each other from around the globe (or around the corner).
Trusted Housesitters is one of the best platforms. We used it to find a pet sitter for our house on our European summer trip.
Finding Work in Australia
Travel Jobs and backpacker jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Job agencies in Australia are plentiful and travel jobs for backpackers is a large industry.
Whether you want farm jobs, retail, hospitality, construction, nursing, engineering, childcare, or you want to go fruit picking Australia, chances are the opportunity is there for you.
Check these two post s: 20 ways to work and travel Australia and 5 of the best job opportunities in Australia
Below is a list of websites, job agencies, and jobs boards:
- GumTree – Great job site for travelers. There is a Gum Tree site for every city.
- Alseasons – Hospitalty Recruitment
- Helpx – Listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.
- Fruit Picking – find fruit picking work around Australia.
- Harvest Trail – links job seekers with harvest jobs plus has seasonal info.
- Jobs 4 Travelers – One of Australia’s Premier Backpackers jobs board!
- Aussie Jobs – For a REAL Australian work experience based in Perth.
- Mumbrella – Jobs for travelers around Australia
- Travellers at Work – Job search club for working holiday visa holders and backpackers!
- TNT Downunder
- WWOOF – Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Work in exchange for your meals and accommodation!
- Work Stay Australia – for working holiday makers in Oz!
- Extra Man – For Mining, Marine, Engineering, Automotive, Construction & Hospitality Jobs they can help!
- Hays Trades and Labour jobs – Construction jobs Australia wide.
- Hays recruiting professionals. – If your a professional check out Hays!
- The Largest Online Classified Job Sites are – Gum Tree , Job Search, Seek , MyCareer
- Anywork Anywhere – jobs and resources for work around the world.
- Conservation Volunteers – a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment.
Nurses with overseas qualifications first have to register with the Nurses Registration Board in the state you want to work in.
Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for info.
There are loads of nursing agencies to help you find a nursing job , such as Medistaff , Nursing Australia , and Healthcare Australia .
Teachers are required to register with the Teacher Registration Board in each state they hope to work in. Once you have registered and verified your credentials, you can find job opportunities through their platforms.
Here are the dedicated websites for Teacher Registration for each territory: NSW , Victoria , Queensland , South Australia , Northern Territory .
Getting to Australia
There are several websites to start searching for cheap flights to Australia.
Once you arrive, all of Australia’s international airports have regular public transport such as bus, train and taxi connections to the CBD’s. For detailed information on all the airports see the Australian Airports Guide.
Here is a list of websites to start searching for flights to Australia and within Australia:
- Air Asia (departing from Asia)
- Hotwire – last minute deals
- Virgin Australia
- Jet Star – award winning low cost airline
- Cheap Flights.com.au
- Skywest – Flies in WA, the Northern Territory & to Bali
Getting Around Australia
Australia is big, and how you get around depends on factors like your budget, the amount of time you have, and your traveling style.
Thankfully, there are options to satisfy all situations
Cars and Campervans for Sale & Rent:
- RentalCars.com – Car hire comparison service
- Jucy Rentals – campervan and care hire
- Traveller’s Autobarn – Australian Campervans & Cars – BUY SELL RENT HIRE.
- Gum Tree – Community Classifieds Site
- Cars 4 Backpackers – Buy & Sell Campervans & Cars
- Campervan Relocation Deals – One Way Rentals
- Vroom Vroom Vroom – They compare all the car rental companies
Backpacker Bus Companies:
- Oz Experience – Hop on Hop off Bus Company for Travelers
- Greyhound – Another Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
Australian Rail Passes offer unlimited train travel over certain periods of time. A great value in exploring Australia. With eight different passes available check out your options here.
Here are some tips you’ll want to know before arriving in Australia
- Best of Australia
- 15 Best Australian road trips
- Top 20 Places in Australia
- 45 things to know about Australia
- 25 Outstanding national parks
For insider travel tips on things to see and do, check out our city guide’s for:
- Things to Do in Sydney
- Things to Do in Melbourne
- Things to Do in Brisbane
- Things to Do in Adelaide
- Things to Do in Darwin
- Reasons to Visit Perth
We road tripped around Australia for 18 months and have in-depth articles on Australian destinations and travel tips. You can find all of them here.
Have you experienced life on the Working Holiday Australia Visa? Let us know in the comments.
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An Australian working visa is an excellent opportunity for professional growth, taking new career paths, and even becoming an Australian permanent resident.
However, there isn’t just one Australian working visa. There are many different visa types and requirements. To avoid being overwhelmed by the abundance of information, you can find UIS Australia’s extensive guide below.
Why Work in Australia?
Australia remains a popular choice for migration, with around 30% of the population originating from overseas. And it’s no surprise, either. With a booming economy, competitive salaries, low rate of unemployment and a fantastic quality of life, there are so many reasons why foreigners would wish to migrate down under.
Picturesque scenery and beaches, lots of beautiful, wide open spaces and low levels of pollution. Culture, sport, music, warm weather, friendly people and a lifestyle that emphasises family before work. Why wouldn’t you want to live and work in Australia?
Australian Work Permit Visa Process
The General Skilled Migration Program is the quickest, easiest, and most common way to begin the Australian working visa application process. See below for full details on these four visa types and who is eligible for to apply.
If you are eligible for a working visa under the General Skilled Migration Program, you must first submit an EOI (Expression of Interest). This is done via SkillSelect , an online tool used by the Australian immigration authorities to prioritize applicants using a points-based system. You score points based on your various career or educational experiences. If you hit the minimum number of points required, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria, you stand a much greater chance of gaining your working visa Australia.
Let go of all the stress of proceeding with a temporary or permanent work visa by consulting with an accredited immigration agent at UIS Australia. Our dedicated team is proficient with work immigration and can happily guide you in your journey. Contact us today for a consultation.
Types of Work Visas
The most obtained Australian working visa types come from the General Skilled Migration Program, but other more temporary methods exist too. The Working Holiday Visa Australia is ideal for 18- to 30-year-olds wishing to travel around Australia while earning money. But there are also options for business investment visas.
Let’s take a more detailed look at the different types of working visa Australia .
The General Skilled Migration Program
The General Skilled Migration program targets skilled individuals and their families, who seek to move to Australia. There are four different types, and they all offer a pathway to permanent residency in the country. We included some of the eligibility requirements below:
The Skilled Independent Visa – Subclass 189
To be eligible for the Points Tested Stream , you must:
- Be under 45 years old
- Score 65 points or more on your immigration profile
- Pass a skills assessment
- Meet language requirements
- Meet health and character requirements
To be eligible for the New Zealand Stream , you must:
- Hold a New Zealand Special Category – Subclass 444 Visa
- Meet the taxable income requirements
- Have lived in Australia for 5 years
- Meet the health and character requirements
The Skilled Nominated Visa – Subclass 190
The Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) is a long-term work visa that can lead to permanent residency . Skilled workers nominated by a State or Territory may legally live, work, and study in Australia permanently.
To be eligible for the Skilled Nominated Visa, you must:
- Be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) – Subclass 491
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) – Subclass 491 is a temporary work visa that can lead to permanent residency. This visa is for skilled workers who want to live and work in regional Australia (such as the Northern Territory, Queensland, and South Australia).
To be eligible for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) you must:
- Be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency / be sponsored by an eligible relative
- Score 65 points or more in the SkillSelect system
This visa is valid for 5 years. If eligible, you may apply for permanent residency through the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 191). This will be available from 16 November 2022.
If you are a family member of someone who already holds the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) – Subclass 491, you can apply for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa – Subsequent Entrant.
The Skilled Regional – Subclass 887 Visa
The Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887) is a permanent residency visa. Workers who have held other work visas in the past, such as the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa, may apply if they have lived and worked in specific areas of regional Australia.
To be eligible for the Skilled Regional Visa you must:
- Be in Australia when applying for this visa
- Be in Australia on a Subclass 489, 495, 496, 475 and 487 visas OR
- On a bridging visa A or bridging visa B after applying for the Subclass 489, 495 or 487 visas
- Meet the residency requirement
- Meet the work requirement
Working Holiday Visas
A working holiday visa Australia is a great way for younger people to visit the country. If you are between 18 and 30 years old, you can apply for this type of temporary work visa. It allows you to enter the country for up to 12 months and perform incidental work for any employer (except the government). Irish, Canadian, and French passport holders may apply for a working holiday visa Australia until the age of 35.
In 2012, the government of Australian government introduced Business Innovation and Investment visas, in order to encourage entrepreneurs, investors and business owners to the country. You may be eligible to apply for an Australian Business Visa via one of the following streams.
- Business Innovation Stream
- Investor Stream
- Significant Investor Stream
- Business Innovation Extension Stream
- Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream
- Significant Business History Stream
Speak to a UIS Australia immigration consultant for further advice on obtaining business investment visas.
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How to apply for a working visa in Australia?
Our immigration consultants and legal advisors are MARA certified and can assess your visa eligibility to determine your options for immigration to Australia, thus saving you time and money. Additionally, they can assist you with collecting and submitting time-sensitive documents, ensuring your visa application is up to par with government requirements, advising you on complicated decisions, assisting with legal matters, and representing you in front of the Australian government.
How hard is it to get a work visa in Australia?
The complexity of your application process will depend on factors such as the visa requirements, your level of education and work experience, your level of English, whether you have been refused a visa before, etc.
If you have an in-demand occupation, a clean record with the immigration authorities and a high score on your immigration profile, your application process will be much easier.
As far as visa application processing times, they vary according to the type of visa you’re applying for. A Skilled Independent Visa application can take anywhere between 5 and 12 months to complete. The Skilled Nominated Visa usually can take 10 to 13 months. A Skilled Regional Visa can take around 24 months.
Can I find a job in Australia on a tourist visa?
No. Tourist visas are exclusively for non-work-related purposes, such as leisure and tourism. Such visitor visas do not permit you to work, or even to seek work or attend job interviews. Engaging in such activities on a regular tourist visa will result in deportation. You may even receive a ban from re-entering the country.
To find a job in Australia, you should apply for a visa from the Business Visitor Stream . This will allow you to make general business or employment inquiries.
What is the age limit for a working visa in Australia?
The age limit for a working visa Australia depends on the exact type of visa. For example, the Skilled Independent Visa, the Skilled Nominated Visa and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa, have an upper limit of 45 years of age.
However, there is no upper age limit for the Skilled Regional Visa.
Can foreigners work in Australia?
Absolutely. There are many ways in which a foreigner can work down under. If you have relatives in Australia, or plan to marry, there are sponsorship visas that allow you to work in the country. But most commonly, skilled foreign workers can work in Australia by obtaining permanent work visas as discussed above.
Working Holiday Visas are a more temporary option, while an Australia business visa is also a potential way for expats to work in the country.
Can I convert my tourist visa to a work visa in Australia?
No. If you have any sort of Australian Visitor Visa, you may not convert it to a work visa. In fact, you will not be able to convert a visitor visa to any other kind of visa. Instead, you must begin the relevant visa application process for the visa you want.
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Visas to visit Australia
Whether you are visiting Australia for less than 72 hours or planning on a stay of several years you must have a valid Australian visa.
A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.
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Experts in migration
If you possess skills and capabilities to enhance Australia's economy and workforce, then you may be eligible to migrate to Australia by applying for an Australian Work visa. These visas are specifically designed to encourage applicants to obtain sponsorship through an employer or to secure nomination. Many foreigners choose to live and work in Australia because of the lifestyle and employment opportunities offered.
Employers seeking to sponsor or hire foreign workers can visit our Australian Employer Services page.
Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
Are you required to fill a temporary skills shortage for an Australian Employer? The 482 is a temporary visa , which entitles skilled workers to work in Australia for up to four years if they are sponsored by an approved Australian employer. It is compulsory for your professional skills or work experience to be relevant to the position you are applying for in Australia.
Employer Nomination Scheme Visa
Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa
This is a provisional visa. You can stay in Australia for a period of 5 years from when your visa is granted. You must be employed to work in the nominated occupation and in a position within the sponsoring business or an associated entity of that business, located in a designated regional area of Australia. It provides benefits including a pathway to permanent residency (Subclass 191).
Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA)
(subclass 482 to subclass 186).
Under the Designated Area Migration Agreement ( DAMA ), employers are able to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers. It applies to states with DAMA agreements and is custom-made to address current and growing labour market shortages and local terms and conditions of employment.
Working Holiday Visa
Enjoy an extended holiday in Australia in addition to finding short term employment to fund your travels with the Working Holiday and the Work and Holiday visa programs. Work visas that provide individuals between the ages of 18-30/35 years old the opportunity to work and live in Australia for up to 3 years.
Are you required to do additional workplace training to obtain an occupational licence or registration, or wish to enhance your skills in an eligible occupation? The Training visa (Subclass 407) is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to participate in occupational training or professional development.
Work and Holiday Visa
The Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) is a visa for young adults who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to 3 years. It is a visa that offers the holder an extended holiday in Australia and the ability to work to help fund their trip.
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How to convert Australian visitor visa to working visa?
You would like to come to work and live in Australia.
You think that the easiest way is to just come to Australia on a visitor visa and then convert it to a working visa.
Your friends told you “Everything is easier once you are there”. Well, for most it is not going to be that easy.
That may used to be a case, but lately it is getting harder and harder to get a working visa for Australia.
Extending your visitor visa
Once you hold a visitor visa, you cannot extend it or convert it into another type of visa, such as a working visa. If you want to extend your stay in Australia as a visitor, you need to apply for another visitor visa.
Many people can meet requirements only for Visitor visa Subclass 600.
If they apply for this type of visa while they are outside of Australia, visa application charge (VAC) is $140. However, once they come to Australia, if they want to apply for another visitor visa, VAC is $345. If they want to later apply for their third visitor visa, VAC is $1,045.
These are only costs for extending your stay while you hold a visitor visa and want to apply for extension (another visitor visas). With every application you need to show to have sufficient funds and that your intentions are only to stay temporarily in Australia. If you have a condition “No further stay” in your visitor visa, that means that you cannot apply for another visa.
Getting that working visa
If you can meet requirements for Working Holiday Visa Program, which is open only to passport holders of certain countries, in that case applying for a working (holiday) visa is usually going to be a smooth process.
This may even be the better strategy for eligible applicants to first come on a visitor visa and if or when they find a job, then apply for a working holiday visa (WHV) and then use their WHV by working from the first day.
However, most people who are interested to work in Australia do not meet eligibility criteria for WHV. For many, options are Skilled migration or Employer sponsored visas. Majority of people find student visas as an option which is often the most expensive choice.
To meet requirements for skilled migration, you need to reach a point to be issued an invitation to apply for a visa. Lately, the number of invitation has significantly decreased and currently you need to have 65 points to get an invitation.
Prior to putting your information online, on SkillSelect, you should have reached a certain score on English approved test, passed skills assessment, be of certain age, occupation etc.
Applicants for skilled migration may take months or even years to meet requirements, pass skills assessment and/or achieve required score on English tests. That means that they may be away from their home and family for a very long time. Therefore, we often advise our clients who are outside of Australia that if they meet requirements for skilled migration or need to work more on their eligibility, to rather work on it while they are outside Australia.
You can find more information about skilled migration working visa on our article which is here
Employer Sponsored Visas
The Employer sponsored working visa is an option for Australian employers who cannot find a suitable Australian worker within Australia. There are employers who advertise that they are happy to sponsor an overseas worker and you can contact them directly. Please note that both the employer and the worker must meet the requirements for visa.
If you need assistance with visitor, working or any other visa type, please be free to contact us. Our best contact is [email protected] .
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