The Working Holiday Australia Visa is a great option for working and travelling in Australia.
The WHV Australia program is the perfect strategy for an extended stay in Oz as it allows gap year students, backpackers and people on a career break to earn an income for supplementing their travel funds.
It’s an opportunity to gain new skills, to travel and really experience life down under, and to immerse yourself in the culture and to meet locals and form life long friendships.
From a career standpoint, the ability to gain new skills by performing different and unusual jobs, or by volunteering on worthwhile projects, can enhance any CV.
The Working Holiday Australia Visa Requirements
The general requirements in obtaining a WHV for Australia include:
- You must have turned 18, but not turned 31, at the time of your visa application
- You must apply for the WHV Australia visa when you are outside of the country.
- You can’t have entered the country on a WHV program before.
- You must apply no more than 12 months before you intend to travel to Oz.
- You must hold a valid passport for the country or region participating in the working holiday schemes.
- You can enter the country at any time within 3 months of your visas grant date.
- You can work and travel Australia for up to 12 months.
- Leave and re-enter as much as you like within those 12 months.
- Undertake temporary employment.
- Visa fee = $365
Who Can Get a Working Holiday Australia Visa?
The are actually two categories, subclass 417 and subclass 462, and it depends on which country you come from.
The Working Holiday Maker Visa (Subclass 417) is available to people from:
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of Korea
Bonus 2nd Year – Due to the high demand for workers in Australia’s harvest industry (farm work), anyone who works three months or more in an agricultural position can qualify to Renew Their Visa for a 2nd Year.
For complete info on visa subclass 417 click here.
The Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) is for people from:
This visa is also for people aged 18 – 30 who want to work and travel Australia for up to 12 months.
For complete info on visa subclass 462 click here.
Moving to Australia Tips
Deciding to move to Australia is the easy part. Now you’ve got to organize things.
- Open a Bank Account Pre-Arrival – Sorting out your finances before you leave can make life easier. There a three banks with international services that can help you. Try the HSBC, the Commonwealth Bank, or the ANZ.
- Get a Tax File Number (TFN) – Before you start working in Australia, you need to get a tax file number. You can only complete this application once you are in Australia. Learn more by visiting the Australian Government Taxation website .
- Do You Have to Lodge an Income Tax Return? – If you are working in Australia you need to determine whether you are an Australian resident for tax purposes. Non-residents pay tax differently from residents. Learn more here.
- Healthcare Agreement – The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with: United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malta and Italy.
To enroll in the Australian Medicare System you will need:
- your passport with a valid visa.
- to provide, in some cases, identification showing you are enrolled in your country’s national health scheme.
If your application is approved, you will receive an Australian reciprocal health care card in the mail. Learn more here.
- Leaving Australia Tax Overview – If you have been living in Australia, intend leaving Australia soon, or have recently left Australia, there are things you need to do to get your tax affairs in order. Learn more here.
A lot of people overpay tax without realising it. You could be due tax back if you worked abroad or were taxed incorrectly or perhaps didn’t work for the full year. TaxBack.com can check out your details and tell you for free what you’re owed. They provide tax refunds for 16 countries worldwide including Ireland, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Finding a Place to Stay in Australia
Finding hostels, a flat-mate, a budget hotel, or other cheap accommodation is an important part of your working holiday Australia trip.
Depending on your budget, your comfort zone, your travel style, and your relationship status, there are many options for finding the right accommodation to suit your short term and long term needs.
1. Stay in a Hostel:
When you first arrive in Australia and you need budget accommodation, a Hostel is a great place to start. They are cheap, everywhere, and a great place to meet other travellers and locals.
Use these sites to search:
- Hostel Bookers
- YHA (Youth Hostels Australia) – If you want to travel Australia on a budget and receive 10% off hostels plus discounts on transport, tours, and activities, then get yourself a YHA Membership.
2. Find a Flat or a Flat-Mate:
Sharing a flat is another great budget option:
- Gum Tree – a fantastic site for finding flats, units, apartments, and houses to rent.
- Flatmate Finder – is a great resource to advertise yourself if you are looking for a room, or to find rooms that are already being advertised. Membership and advertising on Flatmate Finder is FREE!
3. Find a Cheap Hotel:
There are several Hotel booking sites to compare hotel prices and facilities in Australia. Check out these sites:
4. VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner:
Vacation Rentals By Owner – Sometimes staying in a vacation property can be cheaper than a hotel. Vacation rentals can also offer more space and privacy.
VRBO provide an online space for homeowners to advertise their vacation properties and make it easy for travelers to search 150,000+ rentals in over 100 countries worldwide.
5. Mind My House:
Mind My House – is a global house sitting matching service. They provide all the online tools for home owners and house sitters to find each other from around the globe (or around the corner).
Finding Work in Australia
Travel Jobs and backpacker jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Job agencies in Australia are plentiful and travel jobs for backpackers is a large industry.
Whether you want farm jobs, retail, hospitality, construction, nursing, engineering, childcare, or you want to go fruit picking Australia, chances are the opportunity is there for you.
Below is a list of websites, job agencies, and jobs boards:
- GumTree – Great job site for travelers. There is a Gum Tree site for every city.
- Octopus Hospitality – Catering and Events.
- Alseasons – Hospitalty Recruitment
- Helpx – Listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation!
- Fruit Picking – find fruit picking work around Australia.
- Harvest Trail – links job seekers with harvest jobs plus has seasonal info.
- Jobs 4 Travelers – One of Australia’s Premier Backpackers jobs board!
- Aussie Jobs – For a REAL Australian work experience based in Perth.
- Mumbrella – Jobs for travelers around Australia
- Travellers at Work – Job search club for working holiday visa holders and backpackers!
- TNT Downunder
- WWOOF – Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Work in exchange for your meals and accommodation!
- Work Stay Australia – for working holiday makers in Oz!
- People for People – Childcare and families seeking Au Pairs and Nannies.
- Extra Man – For Mining, Marine, Engineering, Automotive, Construction & Hospitality Jobs they can help!
- Hays Trades and Labour jobs – Construction jobs Australia wide.
- Hays recruiting professionals. – If your a professional check out Hays!
- The Largest Online Classified Job Sites are – Gum Tree, Job Search, Seek, MyCareer, and CareerOne
- Anywork Anywhere – jobs and resources for work around the world.
- Conservation Volunteers – a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment.
Nurses with overseas qualifications first have to register with the Nurses Registration Board in the state you want to work in.
Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for info.
Nursing Agencies: There are loads of agencies to help you find a nursing job:
Teachers are required to register with the Teacher Registration Board in each state they hope to work in.
Getting to Australia
There are several websites to start searching for cheap flights to Australia.
Once you arrive, all of Australia’s international airports have regular public transport such as bus, train and taxi connections to the CBD’s. For detailed information on all the airports see the Australian Airports Guide.
Here is a list of websites to start searching for flights to Australia and within Australia:
Flights to Australia:
- STA Travel (student discounts)
- Air Asia (departing from Asia)
- Hotwire – last minute deals
Flights within Australia:
- Virgin Australia
- Jet Star – award winning low cost airline
- Qantas –
- Cheap Flights .com.au
- Skywest – Flies in WA, the Northern Territory & to Bali
Getting Around Australia
Australia is big, and how you get around depends on factors like your budget, the amount of time you have, and your traveling style.
Thankfully, there are options to satisfy all situations
Cars and Campervans for Sale & Rent:
- http://ytravelblog.com/rentalcarsRentalCars.com Car hire comparison service
- Jucy Rentals – campervan and care hire
- Traveller’s Autobarn – Australian Campervans & Cars – BUY SELL RENT HIRE.
- Car Market – Located in Woolloomooloo
- Gum Tree – Community Classifieds Site
- Cars 4 Backpackers – Buy & Sell Campervans & Cars
- Campervan Relocation Deals – One Way Rentals
- Vroom Vroom Vroom – They compare all the car rental companies
Backpacker Bus Companies:
- Oz Experience – Hop on Hop off Bus Company for Travelers
- Greyhound – Another Hop on Hop off Bus Ticket
Rail passes offer unlimited train travel over certain periods of time. A great value in exploring Australia. With eight different passes available check out your options here.
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