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Applying for a Working Holiday Visa

If you're aged between 18 and 30, and from a country with a reciprocal working holiday arrangement with Australia, you can live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.

Visa Criteria

  1. You must hold a passport from one of the following countries:
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    Note that US citizens and other passport holders can obtain a work and holiday visa.

  2. Aged between 18 and 30 inclusive.

  3. Single or married without children

  4. You will need to show that:
    • Your main reason for coming to Australia is for a holiday, and any work you do is to suppport yourself whilst on holiday
    • You have a good chance of finding temporary work to supplement your holiday funds
    • You have a return ticket or sufficient funds for a return fare and the first part of your stay; and
    • You intend to leave Australia at the end of your authorised stay

How do I apply?

You must apply for a working holiday visa from outside Australia. In particular, you can't come to Australia on a visitor/tourist visa and then apply for a working holiday visa.

Most applications for working holiday visas are now lodged electronically via the DIAC website.

Visa Conditions

  • The visa allows you to stay in Australia for 12 months, starting from the date of initial entry to Australia.
  • You may leave and reenter Australia any number of times during this 12 month period
  • You can study or train in Australia for up to 4 months
  • You are permitted to work in Australia, but you cannot work for longer than 6 months with any one employer
More information on visa conditions is on our working holiday conditions page.