Working Holiday Visa Australia
Information for Working Holiday Makers to Australia.
Tax Refund Info
It is important for all working holiday makers to realise that they may be entitled to a significant tax refund after they have finished working in Australia. For people who work for more than 6 months, this can and often does amount to thousands of dollars. more info plus free taxback calculator here on getting your Tax Back. TIP: Keep all of your receipts.
The Working Holiday Program provides opportunities for people between 18 and 30 to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.
Reciprocal Countries List
Australia has reciprocal Working Holiday Maker arrangements in effect with the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China, Finland, the Republic of Cyprus, France, and Italy, Belgium, Estonia and Taiwan.
The visa allows a stay of up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia, regardless of whether or not you spend the whole time in Australia.
You are allowed to do any kind of work of a temporary or casual nature, and you can work with each employer for up to three months.
Working Holiday Makers who have worked as a seasonal worker in regional Australia for a minimum of three months while on their first Working Holiday visa, will be eligible to apply for a second Working Holiday visa. Applicants need to demonstrate that they continue to meet the requirements for a Working Holiday visa. These include:
being aged between 18 and 30
having no dependents; and
being a citizen of a country named in the working holiday maker reciprocal arrangements
Seasonal work is defined as: picking fruit, nuts and other crops, pruning and trimming vines and trees, general maintenance crop work and other work associated with packing or processing the harvest.
Regional Australia includes anywhere in Australia except Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne or the ACT.
Information about harvest work opportunities in regional Australia can be found at the Harvest Trail Website -
See the Australian Governments Harvest Trail Website
Extending Your Stay
If you intend to apply for a second Working Holiday visa, you will need to provide evidence that you have worked for a minimum of three months as a seasonal worker in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa. Before commencing seasonal work in a regional area, you should obtain a copy of the employment verification form from your nearest DIMIA office, or from the forms section of the DIMIA website
You will need to fill in Form # 1263 - Working Holiday Visa: Employment Verification
Other acceptable evidence of seasonal work for working holiday makers who undertook seasonal work in regional Australia may be original or certified copies of payslips, group certificates, tax returns, and employer references.