Everything You Need to Know About Your Working Holiday in Australia

Who wouldn’t want to spend a year working and traveling in Australia?

The wide open Outback stretching beyond the horizon. The exciting concerts, shows and nightlife of trendy cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Strange and bizarre animals and birds that you have never seen before. Tiny coastal surfer hideaways where time stands still. The stunning array of colorful sea creatures living in the Great Barrier Reef. Friendly Aussies who will welcome you with a warm smile into their lighthearted conversations.

The great news is that an Australia Working Holiday Visa will allow you to live and work here for a full year (or perhaps even two) – giving you plenty of time to see every corner of this awesome country.

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For example, you could work in a thriving restaurant or bar in one of the major city centers for six months to save your money and then spend the rest of your trip on a tour around Australia’s most exciting destinations and attractions. Or, you could make your way slowly around the country by doing seasonal work such as fruit picking or farming. Whatever your interests, there is a job in Australia you will love, from tour guide to office worker to child care provider.

The Ultimate Guide to Your Australia Working Holiday Visa

If you are planning a working holiday in Oz, you probably have a TON of questions. I don’t blame you, it’s a complicated process to wrap your head around – especially if you have never travelled or lived abroad before.

So, I’ve compiled this massive blog post to answer every question I could think of that you might have when planning your gap year in Australia. I’ve included advice from my own Australia working holiday visa experience – and I’ve also done loads of research so you don’t have to.

I think I’ve covered everything, from the visa requirements to setting up an Australian bank account to finding a place to live and more. There’s a handy table of contents so you can jump to the section that you want to read.

If I haven’t covered your question – please leave it below in the comments and I will do my best to help you out!

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Before You Arrive

Do I meet the requirements for the visa?

In order to be eligible for the Australia Working Holiday visa, you will need to meet certain requirements:

  • You must be from one of the countries included in the Australia Working Holiday Visa Program. Currently, Australia has working holiday arrangements with the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Sweden, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of Cyprus, Norway, Malta, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Belgium and Canada.
  • You must be between the age of 18 and 30. (18-35 for Canadian and Irish participants.)
  • You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months left on it.
  • You must be able to prove that you have sufficient funds in your bank account to support yourself during your stay.
  • You must meet the standards of “good character” – which means that you don’t have a substantial criminal record, you are not part of a terrorist group, you don’t partake in smuggling, genocide or crimes against humanity, etc.
  • You must meet the standards of physical health, which means that you may need to undergo a medical examination. (This isn’t required of everyone, it will be more likely if you intend to work as a nurse or a doctor or in childcare.)

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How long can I stay in the country on an Australia Working Holiday Visa?

You may enter Australia within 12 months of the date when your visa was granted. During that 12 month stay, you can work and travel and leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish.

If you wish to work for more than 12 months, there is the option to extend your visa for a second year. You will need to do three months (88 days) of paid specified work in regional Australia. This can be in South Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory, as well as in specific postcodes in the other territories. The work must be in specified industries, such as agriculture, farming, fishing, mining, harvesting and construction.

This post has more details about how to qualify for the second year visa and how to apply for it.

Do I have to stay the entire 12 months?

No, you don’t have to stay a minimum of time. If you decided that you just wanted to work and travel for six months or three months, you could do that. 12 months is the maximum time, not the minimum.

Can I work for the same employer for the entire time?

According to the current restrictions on the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, you will not be able to work for more than six months with any one employer unless you have been given permission by the Department to work longer. This applies to part time as well as casual and shift work.

The exception is when the work is undertaken in different locations and that work in any one location doesn’t exceed six months. For example, you could work for more than one restaurant or hotel within the same chain, as long as they are in different locations.

You may be eligible for an extension of the six month limit if you work in certain industries in Northern Australia, including agriculture, aged and disability care, construction, mining and tourism. You can apply for permission to work longer with your employer by filling out this form.

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How much does the visa cost?

As of Summer 2017 when I am writing this, the TZ417 and 462 Working Holiday Visas for Australia cost $440 AUD (approx. $350 USD).

However, this may be subject to change – check the current pricing list to confirm.

How can I apply online?

Apply for the Working Holiday Visa for Australia is relatively simple. When Lee and I applied in 2016 we completed the form on our laptops from a hostel in Bangkok. Only an hour or so later, we received an email saying that our application had been approved. This was much more convenient than other Working Holiday Visas we have applied for, such as for Canada or the UK.

The instructions for applying online are clearly laid out on this page. When you click on this link, you’ll be taken to the page where you can create an “ImmiAccount.” You’ll then be able to log in and fill out your information and submit your application. Make sure that you have all of your documents ready so that you can fill out the application all in one go.

How long does the Working Holiday Visa application take to process?

Now, this might sound crazy… but Lee and I applied for our Australia Working Holiday Visas online and they were approved within less than an hour. We were surprised – this is the shortest processing time we have ever seen for any visa that either of us has applied for.

However, of course we cannot promise that this will be the case for everyone. Officially, the WHV Subclass 417 and WHV Subclass 462 processing times are approximately 6 days. The processing time will be affected by the completeness of your application and any additional checks necessary such as those relating to character and health.

What is the difference between WHV Subclass 462 and WHV Subclass 417?

Both of these visas allow visitors to come to Australia for a working holiday. However, they have slight differences.

The Subclass 417 Visa is open to citizens of:

Taiwan, Sweden, Republic of Korea, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Malta, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Belgium, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Subclass 462 Visa is open to citizens of:

USA, Uruguay, Thailand, Turkey, Poland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, Bangladesh and Argentina.

So why are there two different visas? The 462 Visa has education requirements while the 417 Visa does not. For example, if you are from the USA you must have a high school diploma. If you are from Turkey, Uruguay, Poland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Argentina, you must have a university qualification or have completed at least two years of undergraduate study. Those from Chile must have a university qualification or have been approved to do a third year of undergraduate university. If you are from Thailand, you must have a qualification from this approved list.

Also, (unless you are from the USA) the 462 Visa requires a letter of support from your government of origin. Also, the 462 Visa might require you to demonstrate that you can speak functional English.

The other difference is that those with a 417 Visa are eligible to apply for a second year working holiday visa after completing 88 days of specified work in regional Australia. Those who are on the 462 Visa are not allowed to extend their stay for a second year.

Booking the cheapest flight to Australia.

Your flight to Australia might end up being the biggest expense of your entire trip, so it’s important to look for ways that you can save money on your trip. Here are some tips that will help you to save money on a flight to Australia:

  • Avoid flying between October and February, as this is the main tourist season in Australia and the flights will be more expensive. This is especially true during the Christmas and New Year Period.
  • Mid April to late June is your best chance to find good flight deals to destinations in Australia. This is late autumn/early winter in Australia.
  • Qantas usually has the most options and packages that combine international and Australian domestic flights.
  • Be flexible with your dates. Sometimes you can save hundreds of dollars just by flying on a different day of the week.
  • You can usually find cheap tickets on airline that offer more offbeat routes, such as China Southern which stops in Guangzhou or China Eastern which stops in Shanghai.
  • If you are under the age of 26 or a student, you may be able to get specially discounted tickets via STA travel.
  • Don’t forget to delete your cookies or use incognito mode when shopping for flights. Often the airline sites will remember which flights you were looking at and raise the prices next time you visit.

Another question you might be asking is whether you should buy a return flight or two one way flights? Usually return flights have to be completed within a year, so only book a return flight if you are sure that you don’t want to extend your visa for the second year and stay in Australia longer. If you aren’t sure, you can always book a flexible flight so that you have the option to change your return date later.

Where should I base myself?

Australia is a big country. Where should you base yourself during your Working Holiday?

If you have the money saved up, it might be a good idea to travel around to a few different places so that you can compare them and find somewhere you like. Many people fly straight into the larger cities such as Sydney and Melbourne and find work right away, so you will find that when you venture beyond to the smaller cities you will find less competition for jobs. However, you may prefer the variety and culture that city life has to offer – it all depends on what you want your lifestyle to be like.

Melbourne and Sydney are both amazing (Melbourne is one of my favourite cities in the world) but if you want a little something different consider flying to Perth.

Brisbane is another great option. It is the state capital of Queensland and it is quiet compared to Melbourne or Sydney – yet still has a lot of interesting things to see and do. The lifestyle is laid back and the weather is gorgeous.

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Buying Travel Insurance

Travel insurance isn’t the most exciting part of planning your Working Holiday in Australia, but it’s certainly one of the most important. If you get ill, hurt yourself, lose your luggage, get robbed, etc. then you will be glad that you had this safeguard in place to protect you.

Lee and I use World Nomads for our travel insurance and I would recommend it. They have long term policies for six months and even sometimes a year – which is perfect for a gap year in Australia. They also allow you to buy your insurance while on the road, while many other companies require you to purchase it while you are in your home country.

I’ve had to claim back some medical expenses while I was on my working holiday year in Australia and I found the customer service very friendly and helpful and the procedure of filing the claim relatively straightforward.

Make sure you look into the details of the policy when it comes to your coverage for any accident that happens while you are at work. If you are on a working holiday and something happens to you when you are on the job – your travel insurance may cover it. However, if your claim is recoverable from the employer’s workers compensation insurance in Australia then you will have to claim it that way instead.

For more info on travel insurance for your working holiday in Australia, read this post by Australia Backpackers Guide.

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Should I start applying for jobs before I go?

You can start applying for working holiday jobs before you leave for Australia. The advantage of doing this is that you will start to get your foot in the door before you even arrive and you may even be able to set up an interview for your first week in the country.

However, the disadvantage of doing this is that you won’t really know where you want to live and work until you get there and see what it’s like. For example, you might be applying for jobs in Sydney, but when you get there you decide that Sydney is too busy and crowded and you would rather work in a smaller town.

It’s up to you whether you want to start applying for jobs before you arrive – you may want to already be searching so that you can find something quicker, but you may also want to get to know the area before you decide where you want to work.

What kind of jobs can I get?

When you are on your working holiday in Australia, you might be wondering what kind of job you will be able to get. The truth is, depending on your work history and skills, you could potentially get any job you like.

However, keep in mind that some jobs might be harder to get because they don’t want to hire someone who will only be there for 6 months. You can apply for jobs in your field that might further your career, but they may not even consider you due to the high turnover rates. So, the types of jobs that you are likely to get are in the retail, tourism, hospitality or food service industry.

Agricultural work and fruit picking is another option – especially if you want to earn the coveted second year visa.

There are also plenty of strange and unusual jobs. When we were in Australia, Lee worked for Uber Eats in Melbourne delivering food on his bicycle. A friend of mine worked on a farm feeding camels and kangaroos. There are a lot of options out there, so use your skills and creativity to find something that you will love.

For a more detailed guide to the types of jobs you will find in Australia, check out this fantastic guide by Colin Heinrich.

Work to Travel, Not Travel to Work

Something very important to keep in mind is that a Australia Working Holiday Visa is designed for travelers whose primary goal is to explore Australia and who want to take short term employment in order to fund the cost of the trip.

If your intention for going to Australia is primarily to participate in the workforce and you are looking to obtain a longer-term and more permanent position, you will likely find yourself better suited to the different types of Worker Visas that are available. Here is some more information about Employer Sponsored Visas, Skilled Migrant Visas, and other Long Term Working Visas for Australia.

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Is an Australian resume different than one in my home country?

Yes, there is a good chance that the Australian resume format is different than what you are used to. It is a good idea to edit your resume so that it fits the local style. Here is a helpful, simple guide to the Australian style resume that you can use as a reference when re-working your current CV.

How much savings do I need?

When you apply for your working holiday visa in Australia, you will need to show that you have sufficient funds to support yourself until you are able to find work. The immigration officer may not check this when you go through the border, but you will still want to be able to prove that you have at least $5,000 AUD in savings.

Of course, if you plan to travel around for a while before getting a job, you may even want to have more than this in savings. After all, Australia is not a cheap country to travel and $5,000 will disappear quite quickly.

Do I need a medical examination?

When Lee and I applied for our Working Holiday Visas for Australia, we didn’t need to undergo a formal health examination. You likely will not either.

If you are a resident of a country that is considered to be of a very high health risk in terms of tuberculosis, then you will need to have a chest x-ray. Canada, the UK, The Netherlands, The Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Finland, Belgium and Italy are not considered to be high risk.

You may also have to have a chest x-ray if you have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last five years in a country that is considered to be high risk for tuberculosis or if you are planning to work in an Australian hospital or health care area. It also may be required if you are likely to be working in a child care centre in Australia. If you intend to work in the healthcare industry, you will also need to undergo testing for Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV.

Can I study on an Australia Working Holiday Visa?

Holders of the Working Holiday Visa in Australia are permitted to study or train for up to four months. If you are looking to study longer, the working holiday program is not the best option for you. You should take a look into a student visa, which might be the better option for your needs.

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Once You Arrive

Getting a TFN

Once you get to Australia and start working, you will need to get yourself a TFN number. It stands for Tax File Number and it’s not too difficult to obtain, you can apply for it online by clicking here.

You’ll need your passport number, a postal address in Australia and a contact number in Australia. When you make the application, note down your reference number somewhere safe – it’s important for keeping track of your application. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter with your TFN to the postal address you provided.

Setting up a bank account

During your working holiday in Australia you will need a bank account where your employer can deposit your wage and you can pay bills. You can either do this online before you leave home, or when you arrive in Australia.

For example, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia you can open your account instantly online up to three months before you arrive in Australia. You will be able to transfer money in from anywhere in the world and view your balance online before you arrive. Then, when you arrive you can just show up at the specified branch with your identification and collect your Debit Card.

Westpac Bank also offers a similar service. You can set up your bank account online up to 12 months before coming to Australia. You can deposit money and then withdraw the funds once you have completed an identity check when you arrive in Australia.

Make sure that you open an account within the first 6 weeks of being in Australia. If you wait for more than 6 weeks, you will need to have extra identification with you such as a birth certificate, credit card or driver’s license. If you open it within six weeks of arrival, you will only need your passport as identification.

Finding a place to live

When Lee and I were in Australia on our Working Holiday, we ended up renting rooms in shared houses – usually with students or young professionals. This was a good option for us because:

  • It was cheaper than renting an entire apartment to ourselves, yet still provided amenities such as kitchen and laundry.
  • It was flexible. We weren’t tied to a 6 month lease, we could rent as we needed on a casual basis.
  • Students and travelers are both on a budget, so they tend to seek out the same things in accommodation – close to public transport, easy to walk places, nearby to shopping and cheap food and bars.

Aside from a couple of hostels during our trip down the East Coast and our trips to the Outback and Tasmania, we mostly lived in shared houses or flats. We relied on the internet when searching for rooms to rent. Here are the websites that we found useful:

  • Flatmates.com.au: There is a free version and a paid version of this site. We found it worth it to pay so that we could see the newest listings and get first dibs.
  • Gumtree: You can also find accommodation listings and people advertising for housemates on Gumtree.
  • AirBnB: AirBnB is usually used for short term vacation accommodation, but it can also be used to find longer places to stay. We found a great apartment in the South Yarra area of Melbourne where we stayed for three weeks. It was shared with the owner but she was hardly ever there.
  • RealEstate.com.au: We haven’t used this website so can’t speak from experience – but it has a search function for rental properties.

Another great option for finding accommodation in Australia is house sitting. Essentially, you live in someone’s house while they are away on vacation and make sure everything is taken care of – collecting the mail, feeding the pets, watering the plants, etc.

We used the website Trusted Housesitters to find a fantastic opportunity – living in a huge mansion in Sydney with a swimming pool for 10 days over Christmas and New Years. Our stay was completely free – all we had to do was take care of the owner’s two big, loveable dogs. If you love pets this can be a great way to stay for free during your travels around Australia.

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Getting a phone plan

When you arrive in Australia, you’re going to want to get a local SIM card so that you can use your smartphone over there. Your phone will allow potential employers to reach you and it will also enable you to keep in touch with your friends and make everyone jealous back home with your social media updates.

Purchase an Australian SIM card and mobile number as soon as you arrive in Australia, because using your home phone number will incur high costs. You can either choose to sign up for a Prepaid service (which is more flexible) or a Contract (which is cheaper). If you know for sure you will be in Australia for several months, a contract might work out to be a better deal. However, the flexibility of a pay as you go service is better if you don’t have set travel plans.

Going to a job interview

So, you’ve applied for quite a few jobs online and you have gotten invited to a job interview – congratulations! This is your chance to show off your charming personality and convince the employer to hire you.

If you are old enough to go on a Working Holiday to Australia, you have probably been to a few job interviews before. However, you might be wondering, “will the job interview be different in Australia than it is in my home country?”

For the most part, no. If you can excel in a job interview at home, the same skills will serve you well when interviewing for jobs in Australia. (If you aren’t that great at interviews, it’s a skill you can learn.) Do your research and practice in advance, dress professionally, present yourself in a confident way, give thoughtful answers that show your strengths, ask questions about the company, don’t badmouth your past employers, have positive body language and thank your interviewers at the end.

But is there anything you should know that is specific to interviewing when you are on a Working Holiday in Australia?

  • There really is no set way that interviews are conducted in Australia – they may be a face to face meeting or they may be over the phone or by video conference.
  • Punctuality is considered a clear sign of attitude in Australia, if you are late to an interview this will be seen as unprofessional. Arrive 15 minutes early just in case, to allow for any setbacks that delay you.
  • Doing research into the company is even more important, as you will likely be unfamiliar with their brand and history.
  • Make it clear that you have current, valid permission to work in Australia. Bring copies of your Work Visa if necessary.
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of LinkedIn users in the world, so if you don’t have a profile there consider creating one in case the interviewer asks.
  • In Australia, sometimes job interviews are held in a more casual way over coffee. However, you should still remain professional even in these circumstances.
  • What should you wear? Many employees in Australia wear corporate casual in the workplace, but for the interview you should wear something a little more formal.
  • Be confident, but not cocky. Australians tend to dislike arrogance and showing off, so learn to showcase your strengths and establish your worth without bragging.
  • Here are some more Australian job interview tips from Lifehacker Australia.

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During Your Trip

Making friends.

By far, one of the very best parts of my year in Australia was the friends that Lee and I made along the way.

Our time in Oz was greatly enhanced by the wonderful people we met and spent time with while we were there. We made some fantastic memories that make me smile whenever I think about them, such as taking a day trip in the beautiful Yarra Valley and having a birthday party for their stuffed wombat (don’t ask). They introduced us to other friends and very soon we had a wonderful network of people to hang out with in Melbourne.

So how did we meet them? We went to a pub quiz and they were sitting at the next table over – after the quiz I leaned over and started chatting.

I find that the best way to make friends is to get involved in activities and do the things that you enjoy doing. That way, you’ll end up meeting people who have similar interests to you.

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Kelly, Cam and Erica (and Wombie!) in Tasmania

Also, some other great ways to make friends while traveling on an Australia working holiday visa include:

  • Check out Meetup.com for your area and see what kind of events and clubs are happening. It is a really cool website that allows you to find established groups for a wide range of interests, from hiking to beach volleyball to cooking to making art.
  • Couchsurfing also has a fantastic online community and they host events and meetups in many cities around Australia.
  • Join a Newcomers facebook group to find out about welcome events in your city.
  • Sign up for classes to learn something new, such as a language, dance or art.
  • Ask your friends and relatives at home whether they know someone who is living abroad in Australia that you could meet up with.
  • If you are living in shared accommodation (such as renting a room in a house) ask your housemates if they want to hang out – and also ask them to introduce you to their friends.
  • Join a gym and take part in some of the classes, such as yoga, aerobics, Zumba, etc. You’ll meet other people in the class while also getting in shape!
  • Once you know a few people, organise a small get-together and invite them, encouraging them to bring along more friends.
  • Sign up for classes, such as at the local community center or university. You’ll learn something new and meet new people.

The Second Year Visa – what is it and how do I get it?

If you work the minimum of 88 days in designated regional work while in Australia, you will qualify for a visa that allows you to stay for a second year. This post has more details about how to qualify for the second year visa and how to apply for it. While you are working your regional job, make sure to collect evidence that proves you have completed the requirement – such as payslips, bank statements, employer references and other paperwork.

Where can I find regional work?

There are many different options for farm work in rural Australia which will qualify you for the second year visa. Most of the time it is fruit picking, working with animals or horticultural work. It’s important to start thinking about it early in the year, so that you have time to fulfill the requirement before your time runs out.

Most of the farms and orchards in Australia will almost exclusively hire backpackers on working holiday visas, because it is a win-win situation. It can be a good idea to stay in a nearby town so that you are the first to apply when a farm or orchard starts taking on new workers.

Here is a helpful guide to 8 locations where you have a good chance of finding regional work in Australia, including Atherton Tablelands in Queensland and Margaret River in Western Australia.

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Can I leave Australia and re-enter?

Yes. The Work and Holiday Visa allows for multiple entry. This means that you can leave the country and come back during the 12 months that your visa is valid. So, this could be a great opportunity to use the money you have saved from working in Australia to visit a beautiful and cheap destination in Southeast Asia.

After Your Trip

How do I sell my car?

If you purchased a car during your year in Australia to get around, you’ll want to sell it when you leave. Make sure that you start thinking about this in advance, because if you leave it to the last minute you’ll have to sell it at a cheaper price just to get rid of it.

It makes a lot of sense to try to sell your car to a backpacker who has just begun their trip around Australia, as they are the ones who are looking to buy a vehicle upfront without too much fuss.

Place an ad online on the major Australian classified websites such as Gumtree – as well as sites such as Sydney Travellers Car Market and Cars4Backpackers. Or, you could consider using a service such as Travellers Autobarn which will make an agreement to buy back the vehicle from you at the end of your trip.

How do I lodge my tax return?

If you worked in Australia during your stay, you’ll likely need to lodge an Australian tax return after the 30th of June. You can do this online from your home country. Here is a helpful guide for how to do it.

What about superannuation pay?

If you earned a monthly wage of more than $450 AUD, your employer must contribute an additional sum equal to 9.5% of your wage into a pension account (known as superannuation). When you are working in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, you can access these contributions when you leave. You’ll be able to claim them and take them with you – although they will be taxed.

To claim this money, ask your employer about which superannuation fund you belong to. Once you know this information, you can call the superannuation fund with your name and your date of birth and they will be able to tell you how much superannuation it in your account.

You’ll be able to withdraw this money when you permanently leave Australia. You can contact your superannuation fund or a tax professional to find out more about how to withdraw it. Also, you’ll need to fill out the official form for doing this, which you will find here.

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How should I include my Working Holiday experience on my resume?

Now that you’ve returned home, you’re probably once again in job search mode looking for work in your home country. You may be worried about whether your year in Australia will be seen as a frivolous adventure or a valuable building block in your career.

Fortunately, the attitudes towards travel are changing and these days employers are less likely to throw away your resume because you have taken a gap year. The key is to explain your year in Australia in a way that shows the skills and experience you gained.

Here are some tips:

  • Explain the story of your year abroad in Australia in your cover letter. Share a few sentences about what you learned and how it makes you a better employee.
  • If you did work in Australia that was related to your field, ask those employers to write references for you that you can include in your application.
  • You shouldn’t include all of the times that you partied in Australia – they are not relevant to the employer. Only include the things you did on your travels that had to do with skill building, education, volunteering and business.
  • If you wrote a blog during your travels, this illustrates that you took your travels seriously and you learned new skills.
  • Plus, saving up for your Australia working holiday and managing your expenses while on the road shows that you have excellent budgeting and planning skills.
  • Another one of the key things to highlight is how your travel experiences show your adaptability. You have proven that you can go into an unfamiliar situation, adjust to a range of different factors and successfully adapt in order to achieve your goals. What employer wouldn’t want to hire someone who can do that?

What if I decide I want to stay in Australia forever?

Okay, maybe you had the best time of your life in Australia, you met someone amazing or you found your true love. You may just find yourself falling in love with life in Australia and wanting to settle there permanently. I don’t blame you, it’s pretty awesome.

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So, if you dream of moving permanently to the land of Oz your Working Holiday Visa will no longer do. You’ll need to migrate to Australia on a permanent visa. There are a few different ways that you can do this. Bob in Oz has a very helpful blog on the subject, with information about the 6 Ways to Emigrate to Australia.

Any other questions about working abroad in Australia?

I have tried to answer any question I could think of about the Australia Working Holiday Visa on this page. However, if there is anything I have missed that you are still wondering about, please ask it in the comments below and I will do my best to answer!

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I hope this has been helpful to you and that you have an amazing adventure on your year abroad Down Under. Happy travels!

PS. Do you prefer snow, hockey and moose over sand, surfing and kangaroos? Here’s how to get a Working Holiday Visa for Canada instead!

Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.

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  1. Great post! I found it super helpful. I got my electronic visa approval a few weeks ago and am headed for Sydney next week. When I get there and go through customs will I need a printed copy of my visa or anything additional or is my passport enough since it’s connected to the visa? Thanks!

    1. I downloaded an app called MYVEVO that has all my visa details on it and I read in a few places that I don’t need anything else. have fun!

  2. What if I want to go home for a few years and return again to australia? Is the Second Working holiday via a whole new visa, or an extension? Do I apply for the first working holiday visa again? Do i have to complete the 88 working days or I can never every return to Australia to work ever again?

    1. Hello! Did you ever figure out the answer to your question? I’m struggling with the same situation and haven’t been able to find any information about what the correct thing to do is. Thanks!

  3. What if I wanna travel and come back. Is the 5000$ still a requirement during the visa considering you have a place to live and a job?

  4. Hi Kelly!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put together this extremely helpful blogpost. Very insightful!

    I was wondering if you or any readers know of any conservation efforts/organizations (volunteer or paid) I could get involved with to help with the wildfire crisis? Looking at booking my flight for April/May, will this be too late to get involved do you think?

  5. Hi Kelly. Thanks for all these handy tips.
    I hope to travel to Australia on a 417 Visa sometime in 2021 (once, hopefully, the world has returned to normality after Coronavirus).
    I hold dual British/Irish citizenship, but I was born in the UK and have lived here all my life. I turn 31 years old tomorrow so I’ve missed the boat applying for a Visa under my UK citizenship. The Australian immigration website suggests 417 Visas are available to Irish citizens aged up to 35. If I apply for a 417 Visa using my Irish citizenship, do you know if the Australian Immigration department would require me to prove that Ireland is my usual/main country of residence?
    Many other countries around the world only issue Visas to dual-nationality applicants if the applicant can prove that they were born in and/or mainly reside in the eligible country. The Australian immigration website doesn’t clarify if this is something applicants need to prove – my hope is that the Australian government will be happy to issue a Visa simply on proof of an Irish passport, even where the applicant holds dual citizenship and permanently lives outside Ireland.
    I appreciate this is a super-specific question. No worries if you don’t have an answer!

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  7. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks so much for the content! I do however have a question that I don’t think was answered. If I apply for a working holiday visa now, will it start once the visa is accepted, or once I get to Australia? Due to covid restrictions and boarder closures, I am unable to travel just yet so just want to know when will be the right time to apply for the visa. Many thanks, Lizzie

  8. Hi I was in Australia in 2018 until 2019, I had a one year working visa but I did not do the 88 days farm work as I had a bad accident and I couldn’t work so spent my last four months of my visa recuperating and then I left to return to Italy. I am now in NZ and are wanting to go back to Australia mid year, my question is, as I did not do the 88 farm work days in my first year, will I be able to get a second year visa and maybe do the 88 days as soon as I arrive. Any ideas or advise appreciated!

    1. Hello! Did you ever figure out the answer to your question? I’m struggling with the same situation and haven’t been able to find any information about what the correct thing to do is. Thanks!

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