Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

The Work and Holiday visa subclass 462 is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and its eligible partner countries.

You can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you have completed specified subclass 462 works in northern Australia in any of the following:

  • Tourism and hospitality or;
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Fishing

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you are:

  • at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age
  • having no dependent child with you at any time during your stay in Australia and have a valid passport from any of the following countries:
    • Argentina
    • Bangladesh
    • Chile
    • China, People's Republic of
    • Hungary
    • Indonesia
    • Israel
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • San Marino
    • Slovak Republic
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Thailand
    • Turkey
    • USA
    • Uruguay

What does this visa lets you do?

  • Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • Work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer
  • Study for up to four months
  • Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
  • Apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you have worked for three months in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Before you apply, you must take note of the following:

  • First Work and Holiday visa - you must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa.
  • Second Work and Holiday visa - If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when this visa is granted. If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when this visa is granted.

Limitations of the Visa

There is an annual limit on the number of first Work and Holiday visas granted to each country. No applications will be approved once this limit is reached and you should wait until the following year to lodge an application. The visa programme year starts on 1 July each year.

Countries and where/whom to contact for the number of available visas:

Immigration office outside Australia

  • Bangladesh
  • The People’s Republic of China
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey

Americas Service Centre

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Portugal
  • Uruguay

Europe Service Centre

  • Hungary
  • Luxembourg
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain

However, there is no limit on the number of second Work and Holiday visas that can be granted each year.

Moreover, Holidays are about experiences and people. To holiday and work is a way of exploring a country more in depth.

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