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Australia Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

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The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is a visa for young adults who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to 3 years. It is a visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

You may apply for up to 3 Working Holiday visas. They are simply known as: first. second, and third Working Holiday visas. Each of the visas allow you to stay for 12 months each.

You must be offshore to apply for your first Working Holiday Visa.

Working Holiday Visas

First Working Holiday Visa

To apply for a first Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:

Note: Canadian, French and Irish citizens aged 18 to 35 years old (inclusive);
You must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia.

Eligible countries are:

Second Working Holiday Visa

To apply for a second Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:

Three months (to qualify for second visa)

Specified work

‘Three months’ of specified work means a period equivalent to three ‘calendar’ months, which is taken to be a minimum period of 88 calendar days, including weekends or equivalent rest days during your period of employment.

To meet the three months specified work requirement you must actually work for the same number of days that a full-time employee would normally work in a three month (88 calendar day) period.

To apply for a second Working Holiday visa, you must have already completed three months of specified work in regional Australia. This specified work must have been completed while on your first Working Holiday visa.

Approved industries for specified work include:

Plant and animal cultivation

Note : This must be your primary employment task and general garden maintenance is not eligible.
Note : Maintaining animals for tourism or recreational purposes is not eligible.

Examples of eligible specified work in plant and animal cultivation:

Examples of ineligible specified work in plant and animal cultivation:

Fishing and pearling

No change

Tree farming and felling

No change
Work undertaken in the areas of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, and tree farming and felling must be described in the list above to meet the specified work requirement.

Mining

Examples of ineligible specified work in mining:

Construction

Examples of eligible specified work in construction:

Examples of ineligible specified work in construction:

The Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides further detail about eligible work in mining and construction. Work undertaken in the mining and construction sectors must appear in the ANZSIC division for these sectors to meet the specified work requirement.

Bushfire recovery work

Examples of eligible specified work in bushfire recovery:

Examples of ineligible specified work in bushfire recovery:

Critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors

Examples of eligible specified work:

Examples of ineligible work:

Other Visa

Third Working Holiday Visa

To apply for a third Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:

Six months (to qualify for a third visa)

‘Six months’ of specified work is taken to mean a period equivalent to the six shortest ‘calendar’ months of the year, that is, a minimum period of 179 calendar days, including weekends or equivalent rest days during your period of employment.

To meet the six months’ specified work requirement, you must complete the same number of normal work days or shifts as a full-time employee in that role and industry would normally work in a six month (179 calendar day) period.

You do not need to do your six months of specified work all in one go, or all with one employer. You are free to spread the work over the period of your stay in Australia. You can also undertake specified work for longer than the required minimum of six months.

You cannot complete the six month specified work requirement for a third Working Holiday (subclass 417) in a total period of less than six calendar months.

All of your six months of specified work must have been undertaken:

Work undertaken while you held any of the following visas is not eligible:

Regional areas

State/TerritoryPostcodes
Australian Capital TerritoryThe Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia
New South Wales2311 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 IslandAll of Norfolk Island is classified as part of regional Australia.
Northern TerritoryAll of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia
Queensland4124 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 AustraliaAll of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia.
TasmaniaAll of Tasmania is classified as part of regional Australia.
Victoria3139, 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 metropolitan area.
Western Australia6041 to 6044, 6055 to 6056, 6069, 6076, 6083 to 6084, 6111, 6121 to 6126, 6200 to 6799,
Note: Excludes Perth and surrounding areas.

Bushfire affected areas

Bushfire recovery work carried out after 31 July 2019 eligible specified work for the purpose of a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa. View the list of postcodes.

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Designated regional areas postcodes.

If you are applying for a Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Provisional) visa, and you are being sponsored by an eligible relative, your sponsor must be usually a resident in one of the following designated areas:
State or TerritoryCategoryPostcodes
New South WalesCities and major regional centres2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
Regional centres and other regional areas2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898
Victoria
Cities and major regional centres3211 to 3232, 3235, 3240, 3328, 3330 to 3333, 3340 and 3342
Regional centres and other regional areas3097 to 3099, 3139, 3233 to 3234, 3236 to 3239, 3241 to 3325, 3329, 3334, 3341, 3345 to 3424, 3430 to 3799, 3809 to 3909, 3912 to 3971 and 3978 to 3996
Queensland
Cities and major regional centres4019 to 4022, 4025, 4037, 4074, 4076 to 4078, 4207 to 4275, 4300, 4301, 4303 to 4305, 4500 to 4506, 4508 to 4512, 4514 to 4519, 4521, 4550, 4551, 4553 to 4562, 4564 to 4569, 4571 to 4575
Regional centres and other regional areas4124, 4125, 4133, 4183, 4184, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4552, 4563, 4570, 4580 to 4895
Western Australia
Cities and major regional centres6000 to 6038, 6050 to 6083, 6090 to 6182, 6208 to 6211, 6214 and 6556 to 6558
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in Western Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
South Australia
Cities and major regional centres5000 to 5171, 5173 to 5174, 5231 to 5235, 5240 to 5252, 5351 and 5950 to 5960
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in South Australia not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Tasmania
Cities and major regional centres7000, 7004 to 7026, 7030 to 7109, 7140 to 7151 and 7170 to 7177
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in Tasmania not mentioned in ‘Cities and major regional centres’ category above
Australian Capital Territory
Cities and major regional centresAll postcodes in the Australian Capital Territory
Regional centres and other regional areasNone
Northern Territory
Cities and major regional centresNone
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in the Northern Territory
Norfolk Island
Cities and major regional centresNone
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in Norfolk Island
Other Territories
Cities and major regional centresNone
Regional centres and other regional areasAll postcodes in a Territory other than the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory or Norfolk Island

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