Australian Working Holiday Visa

Planning a working holiday to Australia? Came for a Holiday and now you want to stay and work? Below is all the basic information you need to get the ball rolling for your application.

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Did you know?

The  Aussie minimum wage is $15.51 per hour which equates to $589.30 per week, compare that to the United states and Britain and you can see why its so beneficial to work in Australia. ( Living expenses are higher, but then again there is so much to do here and with the better weather and wages )


Minimum Wage

In Aussie $/ph

Australia $15.15 AUD $15.15
Canada $9 CD $8.75
United States $7.25 US $6.75
United Kingdom 6 GBP over 21&  5 GBP 18-2 $8.98 & $7.50
New Zealand $13 NZ ( over 18) $10






*Minimum wages in may differ for apprentices and vary from territory to territory in Canada and US

*Bigger tipping culture in North America therefore lower base rate.

Australian Working Holiday Visa

If you’re coming to Australia for a GAP year or a working holiday you will need to get The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417 visa) This will enable you to up to a 1-2 year stay and give you the right to work in Australia. ( Unless you been sponsored or arranged another form of Visa)

The Australian Working Holiday Visa is available to people from Belgium, Canada, the Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

What are the Basic Requirements:

Ofcourse there’s a few requirements that need to be met,

  • hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
  • be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
  • meet health, character and financial requirements
  • not have previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (462) visa
  • not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday (417) visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted (unless applying for a second visa)
  • apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.

How Can I get extend my visa to live and work in Australia for upto 2 years?

It’s not as simple as “extending” your visa, you will be required to undertake 3 months of “specified work” within the first year of your stay. Upon completion you can apply for the 2ndworking Visa.

Whats the 2nd working Visa?

Basically the 2nd working visa is a year extension on the intial working holiday visa if you satisfy do 3 months of specified work. This is the great part about doing fruit picking, after 3 months of getting a tan and picking you are eligble to stay in Australia for an Additional year! Awesome!

What is specified work?

This is the definition provided by the department of immigration:

“Specified work* is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ field or industry in a designated regional area.

Specified work includes:

Plant and animal cultivation

Everything from fruit picking and packing to pruning and trimming vine trees to general maintenance crop work

Fishing and pearling

Work directly related to catching fish! Cmon Fisherman!

Tree farming and felling

Planting and felling trees in a plantation or forest


Building Construction, scaffolding, waterproofing of buildings


Coal Mining, metal ore mining, oil and gas extraction

For an entire list of specified work please visit

So if planning a trip downunder and you fancy staying longer then a year get yourself fruit picking, its one great way to get the 2nd working holiday visa.

Are you still hungry for information

The Australian Department of Immigration is the be all and end all, they make the rules and give the visas so get onto

Below are some direct links to save you some time:

Department of Immigration 2nd Visa eligibility ( Additional year)

Department of Immigration Working Holiday Program

Department of Immigration Working Holiday Program Fact Sheet 2 –


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