Young people, who wish to travel to Australia, explore its culture and its various communities, imbibe its jest for life and in the process come to understand its people better, can apply for the Australian Working Holiday Visa. This visa enables individuals’ between 18 to 30 years of age to travel and work for a short period. The visa is primarily meant for vacation, but youngsters can supplement their travel funds by taking up casual employment. Hence the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417/462) enables the holder for part time or casual employment and travel up to 12 months. Currently there are 90,000 working holiday visa holders in Australia.
The visa allows you to work for a period of 6 months and also study or undergo some formal training for 4 months. If you have 3 months of seasonal work then there is provision to extend the visa for another 12 months.
Most importantly the applicant must be from a country which has a reciprocal arrangement with Australia for a Working Holiday Visa. This arrangement ensures that Australians also have the opportunity for cultural education through a Working Holiday Visa.
The countries which have a reciprocal arrangement with Australia are United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, France, and Estonia.
The main purpose of the visa is to supplement your funds during the time of traveling. The work undertaken can be part time or casual and the pay is as per Australian standards and conditions.
You can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times during the valid interval of the visa.
You are not entitled to Medicare or any other form of social security benefits; hence it is essential that you have travel and health insurance.
The visa application cost is Aus $ 195. Additional costs are Medical examinations Aus $ 350, variable fees for police check and translation and certification of documents.
The processing time for the visa is generally 1 to 2 weeks.
The visa is labeled in your passport on arrival and is necessary to indicate to employers that you have the right to work in Australia. Alternately the Entitlement Verification Online (EVO) provides access to employers to verify credentials and visa information of prospective workers.
Working holiday visa holders can undertake seasonal work/specified work which includes plant/animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, mining and construction.
If your payment is more than Aus $450 as a working holiday visa holder, then your employer contributes 9% of your salary towards a superannuation account for you. You can access your account when you leave, after paying the required tax.
An individual with a Working holiday visa is eligible for a second Working holiday visa if you worked in the seasonal or construction sector and are able to show proof of this. As per new changes in Australian legislation construction workers from UK and Ireland, who are aged between 18 to 30 years and have worked in the above fields for a minimum of 3 months can reapply and stay in Australia for two years.
Working holiday Visa holders can change the status to another visa especially the SIR (provisional) if all eligibility criteria are met.