AU Working Holiday Visa Changes Nov 2018

Getting a Visa Australia
In good news for backpackers wanting to stay in Australia for a bit longer, the Australian government has announced the following changes for subclass 417 and 462 visa holders…
  • From 5 November 2018, expanding the regional areas where subclass 462-visa holders can work in agriculture (plant and animal cultivation) to qualify for a second year of stay in Australia. Currently only those who work in Northern Australia are eligible.
  • From 5 November 2018, increasing the period in which subclass 417 and 462 visa holders can stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer, from 6 to 12 months.
  • The option of a third-year for subclass 417 and 462 visa holders who, after 1 July 2019, undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their second year.
  • Over the coming weeks, offering an increase in the annual caps to a number of countries that participate in the subclass 462 visa program.
  • Increase the eligible age for subclass 417 visa applicants from Canada and Ireland to 35.
These changes are to help support regional and rural communities in Australia.

Regional areas which will now be included in addition to Northern Australia:

Regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, and all of Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania. Specific postcodes will be published on the Department’s website.

2nd and 3rd Year Visas

Subclass 462-visa holders need to complete a total of three-months (88 calendar days) of specified work to be eligible to apply for their second-year visa. They may combine work completed in any existing specified industry and location with new industries and locations to meet the work requirement. Specified work for the third-year visa are the same as the eligibility for specified work for the second-year visa. The full announcement can be read here.