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Australian Working Holiday Maker Visa

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The Australian Working Holiday Maker Visa (subclass 417) provides a young person with a 12 months stay in Australia and enables them to have incidental employment to supplement their stay.

To apply for the Australian Working Holiday Visa you must be over 18 and not turned 31 years of age at the time of application, have no dependant children and have one of the following passports of the countries participating in the Australian working holiday program:

*Due to the high volume of Australian working holiday visas, processing is currently taking longer than 48 hours.

An Australian working holiday maker visa costs £110, payable to Visas Australia Ltd. This includes your Australian Visa and Australian government fee. Additionally, you can now get the cost of your working holiday visa back when you purchase Coverwork Ltd’s Young Traveller 12month insurance policy for only £269!

 Do I need to show proof of funds?

You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday. Generally, AUD$5,000 (aprox £2000) may be regarded as sufficient, but the amount may vary depending on your length of stay and the extent of your travel. You should also have a return/onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia at the time of entry.

You may be asked to provide evidence of this. Evidence may include a certified copy of a bank statement and an air ticket out of Australia. You do not need to have your funds in Australian bank at the time of arrival.

 Can I apply for a Working Holiday Visa whilst in Australia?

No, you have to be outside Australia when you apply and can only enter once the visa has been granted. Though you are able to apply for a second WHM visa once in Australia (conditions apply).
 How long does it take to be issued?

This visa is usually issued within 48 hours of processing. Your visa may be delayed if you have any health/character requirements. These include nurses, teachers, service personal and travellers who have spent longer than 3 months in a country considered to be of a high risk of disease.

Applications can also take longer at peak times of the year.

 How do I know I have got a working holiday visa?

Your visa label is issued once you arrive in Australia, but a confirmation is sent to you via email or post confirming a working holiday visa has been issued against your passport.
 How long can I stay in Australia on a working holiday visa?

A working holiday visa gives you a stay in Australia for 12 months. You have 12 months to travel to Australia from the date your visa is granted , and your stay starts from the date you first enter the Country.
 Can I leave and then re-enter on a working holiday visa?

Yes, you can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times within the 12 months from the date of your initial entry. However your visa will continue to run and will expire 12 months from the date of your initial entry despite your actual length of stay.

 How long can I work in Australia?

You can work in Australia for the full 12 months and as of the 1st July 2006 you can now be employed by any one employer for six months. If you applied before this date your work rights will be updated to the new six month conditions automatically.
 I want to work in the health care industry whilst in Australia, do I require a medical?

Yes, you will be required to undergo a chest x-ray, medical and HIV/Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing.

These tests can only be completed by approved panel doctors. The required forms and list of Panel Doctors will be sent to you once you have applied for your visa and can not be done prior.

These tests are at an additional cost to you and will take a number of weeks to be processed. Please ensure you take this into consideration whilst planning your trip.

 Will I need a chest x-ray?

A chest x-ray will be required if:
1) You have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last five years or you are a resident in a Country or Countries considered to be of a very high health risk of tuberculosis.
2) You are likely to enter an Australian hospital or health care or you are likely to be engaged in an Australian child care centre as either on employee or trainee.

Chest x-rays can take a umber of weeks to be processed, please allow sufficient time for this when planning your trip.

 Do I require travel insurance?

UK citizens can benefit from a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Medicare. This allows UK citizens only access to limited, subsidised health services for immediately necessary treatment while visiting Australia. Immediately necessary treatment means any ill-health or injury which occurs while you are in Australia and requires treatment before you return home. Irish travellers can not benefit from medicare.

It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out specific travel insurance prior to your departure to not only cover any unexpected medical costs but to also ensure that you do not incurred any other unnecessary costs as a result of travelling.

We have been working closely with Coverworks Ltd for a number of years to provide the young traveller with a bespoke travel insurance with one of the highest levels of cover of its type. not only that if you opt to apply for your insurance at the same time as your working holiday visa Coverworks will pay for your visa.


 I have had a WHV before, but I never entered Australia, can I have another one?

Yes, so long as you have never entered Australia from the date your working holiday visa was granted and still meet the requirements you can apply for the visa.
 I have had a WHV before, can I have another one?

Yes, so long as you have completed a minimum of 90 days of seasonal work in regional Australia within your first visit. If you haven’t you could apply for a tourist visa or as an alternative, so long as you meet the requirements why not obtain a New Zealand working holiday visa shown in the left side menu.

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