Working Holiday Makers: 6 Month Rule is Gone!
Announced on 19 January 2022 and effective immediately, Working Holiday Makers are no longer restricted to only working for 6 months with any one employer.
As part of a plan to address current workforce shortages, particularly in sectors traditional supported by working holiday makers, the Australian Government will not enforce condition 8547 (the '6-month condition').
The announced changes are in place until 31 December 2022
As an incentive to have Working Holiday Maker visa holders return to Australia as soon as possible, the Australian Government is offering a refund of the visa application charge for those who arrive here between 19 January and 19 April 2022. An application for the refund can be made up until 31 December 2022.
In addition, Working Holiday Maker visa holders and former visa holders who have been affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions will be able to apply for a new, replacement visa with no lodgement fee payable.
Working Holiday Maker (417 and 462) visas are on the list of eligible visa types for entry without needing a Travel Exemption. Applicants and holders must be able to prove their vaccination status by providing a Foreign Vaccination Certificate
or evidence of Medical Exemption.