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Depending on which country you are from, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462) to live and work in Australia. The Working Holiday Visa (“WHV”) permits you to live and work in Australia for 12 months, with the possibility of extending your stay up to two more times, giving you a total of three years in Australia under the Working Holiday Visa stream.

If you’re over 18 years of age and under 31 years of age (or under 36 for citizens of Canada, France, Ireland), are interested in living and working in Australia and you meet certain eligibility criteria, you should be familiar with all of the requirements and conditions of this subclass, so that you can plan your work in Australia to maximize your time here. If you don’t qualify for the working holiday visa extension, this article details more options that may be available to you.

 

The Working Holiday Visa allows holders of the subclass 417 and 462 visa to:

  • Remain in Australia for 12 months
  • Work for the same employer for a maximum of 6 months
  • Enter Australia within 12 months of the grant of the visa
  • Leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like during the validity of the visa
  • Study in Australia for up to 4 months

 

If you do not yet have your First Working Holiday Visa, you can find more information about this here

What’s the difference between Subclass 417 and Subclass 462?

 

Depending on the country you are from, you will need to apply for the specific subclass.

 

Subclass 417 is for passport holders of: Subclass 462 if for passport holders of:
Belgium

Canada

Republic of Cyprus

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)

Republic of Ireland

Italy

Japan

Republic of Korea

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Sweden

Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport)

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Argentina

Austria

Chile

China, People’s Republic of

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Greece

Hungary

Indonesia

Israel

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Peru

Poland

Portugal

San Marino

Singapore

Slovak Republic

Slovenia

Spain

Thailand

Turkey

Uruguay

United States of America

Vietnam

 

 

This article is for those who currently hold or previously held the First or Second Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462) and want to extend their stay in Australia.

 

 

Second Working Holiday Visa

 

Eligibility Requirements:

 

If you are currently on your First Year Working Holiday Visa and want to apply for your Second Year, you must:

 

  • Be over 18 years of age and under 31 years of age (or under 36 years of age if from Canada, Ireland, or France) at the time of application; and
  • Currently hold or have previously held the First Year Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462); and
  • Complete 3 months (the equivalent of 88 calendar days) of “Specified Work” in a Regional Area before your First Year Working Holiday Visa expires.

 

 

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • You can apply from inside or outside Australia. But if you apply from inside Australia, you must be inside Australia when your visa is granted.
  • You cannot be accompanied by any dependent children.
  • You have complied with all the conditions on your first Working Holiday visa
  • You have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay
  • You need to meet other eligibility criteria, such as: education requirements, English language requirements, health and character requirements, and financial requirements.

 

How much work do I need to undertake?

Depending on whether you hold/held the subclass 417 or the 462 WHV, you will need to have completed 3 months (or 88 calendar days) of Specified Work in a regional area.

You must provide evidence that you have completed at least 3 months/88 days of Specified Work. The hours and days of work are what is considered a normal working day within the specific industry. Similarly, if you are on a piece agreement, the days you worked would be based on industry standards.

 

 

What is Specified Work?

To complete Specified Work, commonly called Farm Work, you must be paid the correct legal wage while working in a specified industry and your primary role must fall under certain activities

The industry, type of work and the location of the work will depend on whether you are on a subclass 417 or 462 WHV.

 

 

Subclass 417 WHV Holders

For Subclass 417 WHV Visa Holders, to be eligible for the Second Year WHV, you must have completed three months of Specified Work in the following industries, primarily performing prescribed activities in certain locations, while holding your First Year WHV:

 

Specified Subclass 417 Work
Industry Activities Regional Areas and Postcodes
Plant and Animal Cultivation ·      the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops

 

·      pruning and trimming vines and trees

 

·      general maintenance crop work

 

·      cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts

 

·      immediate processing of plant products

 

·      maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase

 

·      immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning

 

·      manufacturing dairy produce from raw material

New South Wales:

2311 to 2312

2328 to 2411

2420 to 2490

2536 to 2551

2575 to 2594

2618 to 2739

2787 to 2899

Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong

 

Norfolk Island: All

 

Northern Territory: All

 

Queensland:

4124 to 4125

4133

4211

4270 to 4272

4275

4280

4285

4287

4307 to 4499

4510

4512

4515 to 4519

4522 to 4899

Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

 

South Australia: All

 

Tasmania: All

 

Victoria:

3139

3211 to 3334

3340 to 3424

3430 to 3649

3658 to 3749

3753

3756

3758

3762

3764

3778 to 3781

3783

3797

3799

3810 to 3909

3921 to 3925

3945 to 3974

3979

3981 to 3996

Note: Excludes Melbourne metro area

 

Western Australia:

6041 to 6044

6055 to 6056

6069

6076

6083 to 6084

6111

6121 to 6126

6200 to 6799

Note: Excludes Perth and surrounding areas

 

Note:

*ACT is not classified as part of Regional Australia

 

*Construction Work may be able to be complete in Disaster Relief Areas

Fishing and Pearling ·      conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species

 

·      conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell

Tree Farming and Felling ·      planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled

 

·      felling trees in a plantation or forest

 

·      transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are to be milled

Mining ·      coal mining

 

·      oil and gas extraction

 

·      metal ore mining

 

·      construction material mining

 

·      non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying exploration

 

·      mining support services

 

Construction ·      residential building construction

 

·      non-residential building construction

 

·      heavy and civil engineering construction

·      land development and site preparation services

 

·      building structure services

 

·      building installation services

 

·      building completion services

 

·      other construction services

 

 

Subclass 462 WHV Holders

For Subclass 462 WHV Visa Holders, to be eligible for the Second Year WHV, you must have completed three months of Specified Work in the following industries, primarily performing prescribed activities in certain locations, while holding your First Year WHV, and completed after 18 November 2016:

Specified Subclass 462 Work
Industry Activities Regional Areas and Postcodes
Plant and Animal Cultivation ·      the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops

 

·      pruning and trimming vines and trees

 

·      general maintenance crop work

 

·      cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts

 

·      immediate processing of plant products

 

·      maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase

 

·      immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning

 

·      manufacturing dairy produce from raw material

New South Wales:

2311 to 2312

2328 to 2411

2420 to 2490

2536 to 2551

2575 to 2594

2618 to 2739

2787 to 2899

Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong

 

Norfolk Island: All

 

Northern Territory: All

 

Queensland:

4124 to 4125

4133

4211

4270 to 4272

4275

4280

4285

4287

4307 to 4472

4474 to 4482

4486 to 4498

4510

4512

4515 to 4519

4550 to 4678

4680

4694 to 4695

4697

4699 to 4707

4709-4728

4730 to 4733

4735 to 4746

4750 to 4751

4753 to 4754

4756 to 4757

4798 to 4800

4801 to 4812​​

4814 to 4825

4828 to 4830

4849 to 4850

4852

4854 to 4861

4865

4868 to 4888

4890 to 4892

4895

 

Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

 

Western Australia:

0872

6041 to 6044

6055 to 6056

6069

6076

6083 to 6084

6111

6121 to 6126

6207 to 6537

6556 to 6640

6642

6646

6701

6705

6707

6710 to 6714

6716

6718

6720 to 6722

6725 to 6726

6728

6731

6733

6740

6743

6751

6753 to 6754

6758

6760

6762

6765

6770

Fishing and Pearling ·      conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species

 

·      conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell

Northern Territory: All

 

Queensland:

4472

4478

4481 to 4482

4680

4694 to 4695

4697

4699 to 4707

4709 to 4714

4717

4720 to 4728

4730 to 4733

4735 to 4746

4750 to 4751

4753 to 4754

4756 to 4757

4798 to 4800

4801 to 4812​​

4814 to 4825

4828 to 4830

4849 to 4850

4852

4854 to 4856

4858 to 4861

4865

4868 to 4888

4890 to 4892

4895

 

Western Australia:

0872

6537

6642

6646

6701

6705

6707

6710 to 6714

6716

6718

6720 to 6722

6725 to 6726

6728

6740

6743

6751

6753 to 6754

6758

6760

6762

6765

6770

Tree Farming and Felling ·      planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled

 

·      felling trees in a plantation or forest

 

·      transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are to be milled

Same as Fishing and Pearling
Tourism and Hospitality ·      work in a range of positions where the primary purpose is to directly provide a service to tourists, including tourist guides and operators, outdoor adventure or activity instructors, tourist transport services

 

·      gallery or museum managers, curators or guides

 

·      hospitality workers, including a range of positions in hotels or other accommodation facilities, restaurants, cafes, bars and casinos

 

·      conference and event organisers

Same as Fishing and Pearling

 

 

Third Working Holiday Visa

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are on your Second Working Holiday Visa and want to apply for your Third Year, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age and under 31 years of age (or under 36 years of age if from Canada, Ireland, or France for 417 WHV Holders only) at the time of application; and
  • Currently hold or have previously held the First and Second Year Working Holiday Visas (subclass 417 or 462); and
  • Complete 6 months (the equivalent of 88 calendar days) of “Specified Work” in a Regional Area before your First Year Working Holiday Visa expires.

 

How much work do I need to undertake?

Depending on whether you hold/held the subclass 417 or the 462 WHV, you will need to show evidence that you have completed 6 months (or 179 calendar days) of Specified Work in a regional area.

The hours and days of work are what is considered a normal working day within the specific industry. Similarly, if you are on a piece agreement, the days you worked would be based on industry standards.

Work can be in one block with one business, or in separate blocks with one business or a number of businesses. Blocks of work may be in different kinds of specified work.

What is Specified Work?

Specified Work for the Third Year WHV is the same as for the Second Year WHV. Please see above.

Tips When Seeking Specified Work:

  • Speak with the employer about your expected work hours/days/piece work, and pay rates before accepting employment and get this in writing.
  • Ensure the type of work and the location of work will qualify as Specified Work
  • Keep your pay slips, tax returns, bank statements showing wages earned, employer contact details, payment summaries, employer reference letters, and any contracts of employment (such as piece-rate agreements)
    • You may also be required to submit an Employment Verification Form <<link to pdf>>. It’s a good idea to print this in advance and keep record of it throughout your work period.
  • Give yourself ample time to complete the required duration (begin as soon as possible)

 

Applying for the Second or Third Year WHV

Tips for Planning Ahead

If you are on your First Working Holiday Visa and know you will want to eventually apply for the Third Working Holiday Visa after your Second Year, you may be able to begin accruing working days towards your Third Year requirements. As soon as you apply for your Second Working Holiday Visa and once your First Working Holiday Visa expires, you may begin working towards your six months of required Specified Work, even before your Second Working Holiday Visa is approved.

Possible Timeline:

  • First Year Working Holiday Visa Granted/Enter Australia to Activate
  • Complete 3 months of Specified Work under First WHV
  • Apply for Second Year WHV
  • Once your First Year WHV expires, you can begin undertaking the 6 months of specified work on the Bridging Visa, even if your Second Year WHV has not yet been granted.
  • Complete 6 months of Specified Work while on a Bridging Visa and/or during your Second Year WHV
  • Apply for Third Year WHV

 

Where Do I Apply?

You can apply for the Second or Third Year WHV either online or via hard copy. You can find the online application here

To check visa conditions such as the progress of your visa application you can check through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. You will need to have your Transaction Reference Number available or the password for your application. If your visa is refused you will receive a letter from the DIBP advising you and your rights to appeal.


If you would like to learn more about the WHV and how you can extend your time in Australia, feel free to contact Pathway to Aus:

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How to Extend Your Working Holiday Visa was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Pathway to Aus
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