On 1st July 2017 the law relating to Working Holiday Visas (subclass 417-WHV) was amended to allow WHV applicants and Work and Holiday applicants (subclass 462 - W&HV) to be granted to applicants up to their 35th birthday.

These visas arise out of reciprocated agreements with Australia and a particular country. 

Often several months pass before formalities are completed.

Once the agreement is reached and signed applications may be lodged offshore if it is the first application.


The present schedule of participating countries is:-


  • United Kingdom                 
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Republic of Korea
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan


  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Turkey
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • USA

The second working holiday visa can be applied for inside and outside Australia if requirements are met.

These briefly provide:-

To enable continuous rights of work and residency inside Australia.

The second application should be made in sufficient time before the second period is applied for. A bridging visa can be granted before processing is completed to allow residence and work. The WHV and W&HV allow work for a maximum period of 6 months without leave of Department for Immigration.

This policy has now been amended to allow the visa holder to work in excess of the 6 month limitation for one employer if the business has multiple locations and the period exceeding 6 months is undertaken at a new location.

Typically, if a chain of retail stores had different shops, the visa holder can work for 6 months in one store and a further period in another store without being in breach of the 6 month work limitation rule.

If in doubt, advice should be sought from an experienced Registered Migration Agent.