Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
The subclass 462 visa allows certain tourists aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) years old to have an extended holiday in Australia, while supplementing their funds with short-term work. The visa is valid for 12 months and allows multiple entries into and exits from Australia Visa holders can generally work for up to six months with any one employer and can study for up to four months. Work up to 12 months for some types of specified work and regional areas may be possible. There is an annual limit on the number of first Work and Holiday visas granted to each country. The annual limit resets on 1 July each visa program year.
A second Work and Holiday visa may be granted to those applicants who completed three months of specified work in listed regional areas of Australia while holding their first Work and Holiday visa. From 1 July 2019, a third Work and Holiday visa may be granted where the visa holder meets additional specified work requirements.
Note: These are the minimum requirements for an application for this type of visa. Depending upon your particular circumstances, you may need to meet additional requirements.
- be outside of Australia when you apply for your first Work and Holiday Visa
- aged between 18 and 35 years old at the time of application
- hold a passport for one of the countries or regions listed in the table below:
|Countries Participating with Australia in the Work and Holiday Program|
Depending upon your country of origin, you will also need to meet other specific requirements, which may include:
- completion of a certain level of education (e.g. secondary school, tertiary study/qualification)
- English language competence (e.g. IELTS overall band score of 4.5)
- home government support (e.g. letter of support from your home government)
If you are applying for your second Work and Holiday visa, you must also:
- have completed three calendar months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Work and Holiday visa
From 1 July 2019, to be eligible for a third Work and Holiday visa, you must:
- on or after 1 July 2019, have completed six calendar months of specified work in regional Australia while on your second Work and Holiday visa
THE SPECIFIED WORK REQUIREMENT FOR A SECOND OR THIRD VISA
For the purpose of a second or third Work and Holiday visa, ‘specified work’ includes certain types of paid work carried out in the following industries:
- plant and animal cultivation
- fishing and pearling
- tree farming and felling
- mining; and
Voluntary work is not accepted as ‘work’ for the purposes of applying for a second or third Work and Holiday visa.
The period of specified work (either three months for a second Work and Holiday visa, or six months for a third Work and Holiday visa) means an evidenced period of paid, full-time equivalent work over a minimum period of 88 calendar days (for three months) or 176 calendar days (for six months) in regional Australia. ‘Regional Australia’ is defined by post code. One day of full-time work is taken to be the normal number of hours per day (or shift) that is considered standard for that particular industry and the role in which you are employed. You can complete the work in a variety of ways.
For example, to be eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa, an applicant must evidence:
- working full time, 5 days per week for a continuous 3 calendar month period, including on a piecework rate agreement OR
- working less than 5 days per week in any combination of full-time, part-time or piecework rate work which adds up to the equivalent of five days a week over 3 calendar months OR
- working less than five days a week over a longer period than 3 calendar months, including on a piece work rate agreement.
The work can be with one employer, or several, and can be spread over the period of your stay in Australia. You can also work longer than the required period in regional Australia in specified work. Paid public holiday leave and sick days are counted as a day of specified work. Unpaid leave or holidays, and unpaid days due to severe or seasonal weather, are not counted.
The visa application is lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (the ‘DOHA’), along with any supporting documents. The main criterion is that you satisfy the requirements listed above. You must also have access to sufficient funds to support yourself during the initial stages of your holiday. In addition, you must meet certain health and character requirements, and may be asked to provide evidence of health and/or travel insurance.
You must enter Australia within 12 months of the date that your visa is granted. You may then work in any job in any location in Australia, provided that you do not work for more than six months with any one employer unless an exemption applies. You must also not study for more than four months.
Note: Your subclass 462visa may be subject to a ‘No Further Stay’ condition, meaning that you will not be able to apply for any further visas while you are in Australia. Even if your visa is not subject to this condition, you will only be able to apply for a limited range of visas while you are in Australia.
The time that it takes the DOHA to process your application is dependent upon its processing time service standards, and may also vary due to a number of other factors, including the complexity of your case, perceived risk factors and processing priorities. Please contact us for current information regarding likely processing timeframes for this type of application.