Work and Holiday vs Working Holiday Australia – Factsheet
- 1 Work and Holiday vs Working Holiday Australia – Factsheet
- 1.0.1 462 Visa Countries
- 1.0.2 417 Visa Countries
- 126.96.36.199 Fact #3 Applying for a second Work and Holiday/ Working Holiday Visa
- 188.8.131.52 Fact #4 What does a Work and Holiday/ Working Holiday Visa let you do?
- 184.108.40.206 Fact #5: Work(ing) and Holiday Visa Employment:
- 220.127.116.11 Fact#6: Work rights while on an Australian Work and Holiday / Working Holiday Visa
- 18.104.22.168 Fact 7# Job hunting on a Work and Holiday/Working Holiday Visa
- 22.214.171.124 Fact #8: Education Requirements
- 126.96.36.199 Fact #9: Letter of Government support
- 188.8.131.52 Fact #10: Changing from a Work and Holiday visa to a different visa?
There seems to be a general misunderstanding when it comes to working holiday visas to Australia. It is important to know that there is not one but two working holiday visas: The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). Notice the slight difference in the visa’s name!
Let’s get the facts right about the working holiday in Australia.
Fact 1# Who can apply for a Work(ing) and Holiday Visa to Australia?
In order to apply for either a Working Holiday Visa or a Work and Holiday Visa, you need to be at least 18 years of age and not have turned 31 years of age! The government has increased the upper age from 30 to 35 years for Irish and Candadian passport holders. For all other participating countries it currently remains at 30 years of age.
Fact 2# What countries are eligible for what type of work and holiday visa?
The following countries are eligible for the Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462):
- China, People’s Republic of
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- United States of America
The following countries are eligible to apply for the Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417):
- Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom.
Fact #3 Applying for a second Work and Holiday/ Working Holiday Visa
Both visas allow you to apply for a second visa but you need to be in Australia if you apply from within Australia. If you are not in Australia at the moment of application, you must also be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
Fact #4 What does a Work and Holiday/ Working Holiday Visa let you do?
Both visa types allow you to:
- Stay up to 12 months in Australia (with the option of renewal, see above)
- Work for generally up to 6 months for one employer
- Study in Australia for up to 4 months
- Leave and re-enter Australia as often as you wish while your visa is valid
Fact #5: Work(ing) and Holiday Visa Employment:
Both these visas, subclass 417 and subclass 462, let the visa holder stay in Australia for up to a year. Both generally allow you to work for an employer for up to 6 months.
Fact#6: Work rights while on an Australian Work and Holiday / Working Holiday Visa
All Workers, including all visa holders, have the same rights and protections at work in Australia. There are pay rates and workplace conditions set out by the Australian law. If you are not sure what pay rates you are entitled to, you can use the Pay and Conditions Tool to find out what about what pay rates, shift calculations and leave arrangements you are entitled to. The Fair Work Ombudsman also provides more information on workplace rights, available in different languages.
The current minimum pay in Australia is set at $18.29 per hour based on 38 ordinary hours per week.
It is also important to remember that your employer cannot cancel your visa. It is only the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that has the right to grant your visa, refuse a visa or cancel a visa.
Australia also has a compulsory superannuation scheme. For you that means that you have the right to access your retirement savings (superannuation) when you leave Australia.
Fact 7# Job hunting on a Work and Holiday/Working Holiday Visa
While you can use any Australian jobsite (www.seek.com, www.gumtree.com.au, au.indeed.com) to look for a job, it’s a good tip to also search for “work and holiday” or “working holiday” jobs. This will often show you results where employers are willing to take people on this visa.
You can also look for jobs advertised in backpacker hotels or motels.
Fortunately, there are also a few companies that have specialised in making the job search easier for working holiday makers, such as this one: https://www.taw.com.au/.
Fact #8: Education Requirements
While there are not education requirements for the Working Holiday visa (417), there are slightly different education requirements for the Work and Holiday Visa (462) depending on what passport you hold. For a full list of the education requirements for each country, visit the Department Website here.
Fact #9: Letter of Government support
When you apply for your first Work and Holiday visa to Australia, you must also provide a letter of support from your home government in your visa application. You will need to contact the relevant agency in your home country to obtain this letter. The Australian Government’s Websites provides a list of those relevant agencies for each country.
Fact #10: Changing from a Work and Holiday visa to a different visa?
Unless your Working Holiday/ Work and Holiday visa has a “no further stay” condition on it, you can apply for other Australian Visas.
Alternative Fact 11# Working/Holiday vs Training Visa?
If you are from a country, that is not eligible for either the working holiday or the work and holiday visa, you might be eligible for a training visa. Training Visas are amongst others, for people who wish to enhance their skills in an eligible occupation. Visit out Training Visa page to find out more about this option.