Extended Visa for Working Holiday Visa Holders

Second Working Holiday visa released to help with bushfire recovery


From 17 February 2020, working holiday bias (subclass 417 and subclass 462 visa holders) assisting bushfire recovery efforts can work for up to 12 months with the same employer or organization without requesting permission from us. WHMs will be able to be count paid or volunteer bushfire recovery work as 'specified work'.



Summary of working holiday maker (WHM) changes


🔸🔹 The time a WHM can work with the same employer has been extended from six months to 12 months for those assisting with bushfire recovery efforts through a change in policy. This is consistent with arrangements put in place for recovery efforts following Cyclone Debbie in 2017.


🔸🔹 The definition of “specified work” will be revised for the Work and Holiday Maker (subclass 462) visa, to ensure construction work in a disaster declared area is captured. This is consistent with existing arrangements for Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders.


🔸🔹 Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in declared areas impacted in the recent bushfires will count towards the “specified work” needed to apply for a second or third year 417 or 462 visas.


You must

🔸have previously entered Australia on a subclass 471visa.

🔸hold a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction

🔸be 18 to 30 years old(inclusive)- except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35(inclusive)

🔸have completed 3 months of specified work on your first Working Holiday visa

🔸not be accompanied by dependent children


With this visa you can


✅do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday

✅study for up to 4 months

✅travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

✅do 6 months of specified work to become eligible for a third working holiday visa


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