Changes to the Working Holiday Visa program

November 12, 2018

On November 5th, the Australian government announced some changes to the Working Holiday and Work and Holiday Visa programs.

In the past, if you were a young person (18 – 30 years of age) holding a Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) in Australia, you were not allowed to apply for a second visa.

However, the new changes announced mean that if you’re holding a Work and Holiday visa, you can now renew your visa if you undertake “regional plant and animal cultivation work” in priority areas in Australia.

Additionally, if you’re holding a Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) or a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa, you may now work for the same regional employer from 6 to 12 months.

Starting from July 2019, any young people holding a Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) or a Working Holiday (subclass 417) will have the option of applying for a third year after completing an additional 6 months of regional work during their second year.

Lastly, the annual caps for some countries participating in the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa program have increased.

For more information about how these changes affect your current visa, or if you have any questions about the working holiday programs in Australia, please speak to one of our registered migration consultants before making your application.