Australia Working Holiday Visa Program

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WORK AND TRAVEL IN AUSTRALIA

Ready for an exciting adventure? If you’re between 18 and 30-something, you can live and work in Australia with the Australian Working Holiday Visa. Explore the country, earn some extra money, and create unforgettable memories while immersing yourself in the local culture and making friends from all over the world. Australia has it all – beautiful beaches, unique wildlife, lively party spots, and lush rainforests. From iconic landmarks like Uluru to stunning places like Whitsundays and Bondi Beach, there’s so much to see. While Australia can be expensive, especially for long stays, the Working Holiday Visa is a game-changer, allowing you to extend your adventure beyond a few weeks and make the most of your time Down Under.

WHY AUSTRALIA?

Australia stands out as the best destinations globally for those seeking a working holiday adventure.

The Australia Working Holiday Visa opens the door to a remarkable opportunity, allowing you to reside, work, and explore the country for a duration of up to 12 months. The ability to engage in employment becomes a significant advantage, not only sustaining your time in Australia but potentially extending your stay into a second or even third year.

To facilitate a seamless and stress-free process, we have compiled the ultimate Working Holiday Visa Guide for Australia. This comprehensive resource covers every aspect of your working holiday Down Under, ranging from the application process for an Australia Working Holiday Visa to the establishment of an Australian tax file number (TFN). It further provides insights into securing suitable employment and offers guidance on how to reclaim your taxes once your enriching adventure comes to a close.

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WHAT IS A WORKING HOLIDAY AUSTRALIA VISA?

An Australian Working Holiday Visa is a visa that permits you to travel and work in Australia for up to one year. It’s the perfect balance between exploring a country and working so you can fund all the exciting things you want to do and see in Australia.

If you decide you love Australia, you can complete 88 days of regional work and apply for a second visa. You can now even apply for a third working holiday visa however, this requires you to complete a further 6 months of regional work. You must complete your regional work and submit evidence of this to obtain a second and third Working Holiday Visa. (At the time of writing this post, there is news that UK citizens no longer need to complete regional work to extend their visa to a second and third year!). Read more here: Australian Working Holiday Updates for British Backpackers

There is a range of benefits to doing a Working Holiday Visa in Australia.  On a personal level, it is an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth. There is something so refreshing (especially if you have never travelled or lived in the same town your entire life) about learning about a new culture and developing new skills.

The Australian Working Holiday visa currently costs $510 (as at July 2022). You must meet the following criteria to qualify for a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) in Australia:

  • You must be at least 18, but not yet 31 at the time of applying (or under 35 if you’re a citizen of Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland or Italy);
  • You must hold a passport from an eligible country;
  • You must not have an dependent child accompanying you;
  • You must have enough money to support yourself (AUD $5,000);
  • You must not have previously entered Australia on a 417 or 462 visa;
  • You must meet character and health requirements;
  • You and your family must not have debts owing to the Australian government.

If you don’t hold a passport from any of the eligible countries listed in the 417 Working Holiday visa criteria, you may still qualify for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). This is a similar visa for an additional 24 countries, but you may need to meet additional educational requirements and prove your level of English.

You should make sure your passport is valid for the entire length of your stay in Australia before you apply for your working holiday visa. If you get a new passport after you’ve applied for the visa, you’ll have to let the Australian government know.

If you’re eligible for a visa and your passport is valid, you can then apply for your working holiday Australia visa on the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs website. Once your visa is granted, you can start properly preparing for your big trip!

Also, check passport validity requirements for any other countries you will be visiting, as many require your passport to be valid for at least six months in order to let you into their country.

If you’re eligible for a visa and your passport is valid, you can then apply for your working holiday Australia visa on the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs website. Once your visa is granted, you can start properly preparing for your big trip!

Also, check passport validity requirements for any other countries you will be visiting, as many require your passport to be valid for at least six months in order to let you into their country.

Apply for a Working Holiday Visa

Once your Australian Working Holiday Visa has been granted it will be emailed to you electronically. It doesn’t require to be stuck in your passport. I do, however, recommend printing a copy as this comes in handy when you need to apply for things such as Medicare (access to healthcare).

You have 365 days to ‘activate’ your visa. So if you received your grant on the 1st of January you have until the 1st of January the following year to activate it.

You are now entitled to travel to Australia and work for up to six months with one employer at a time.

Beyond the work restrictions, the rest is pretty straightforward. Travel, work and explore Australia for up to 12 months. You are free to leave and re-enter as much as you would like within the 12 months.

Buy Travel Insurance & Flights

Your next step is to buy travel insurance and book your flights. For travel insurance, start with comparison sites for whichever country you’re based in, so that you can compare different insurers.

Make sure that you’ll be covered for the entire length of your trip and for every country you will be visiting as well as for the activities you’ll be doing (scuba diving for example). Also look into whether gadgets are covered, as phones/tablets aren’t always included.

I tend to use Skyscanner to find the best deals on flights, as it compares so many airlines and travel agencies. It’s usually quite cheap to fly to Australia during their winter time (June/July), as long as it’s outside of school holidays.

Routine Medical Check Ups, Vaccines & Covid Requirements

Make sure you have your regular check ups with your dentist and optician before you leave, as you may not be back home again for a long time!

Depending on which other countries you’ll be visiting on your trip, also check if you need immunisations (do this as soon as possible as some vaccinations require booster shots afterwards).

Stock up on any medication you need, and check the cost in other countries if you’ll need to buy more there.

Make Copies of Important Documents

Scan important documents such as your passport, insurance policy and driving license (just in case), and keep a digital and hard copy.

If you’ve bought insurance to cover your electronic gadgets, you will probably need to send the insurer copies of your purchase receipts should you try to claim for any lost/stolen items. So read the documentation and make sure you find and copy relevant receipts too.

Exchange Cash & Open a Bank Account in Australia

It’s useful to to exchange some cash into Australian dollars before you set off, just in case you have any problems using your cards abroad.

When you are on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia You will need to open an Australian bank account if you intend to work, as an employer will not pay wages into an international bank account. You can open an Australian bank account before you arrive in Australia. Simply filled out the application online approximately 2 weeks before you are due to fly out. You can have your bank card delivered to a branch, in the city you are going to land in. When you arrive in that city you simply go into the branch with your ID and the bank staff will hand over your bank card.

The big four banks in Australia are ANZWestpacCommonwealth Bank & NAB.

But which one should you choose? Each bank will have its particularities that will help you make the right decision for your circumstances. The most important criteria you should look out for is:

  • The bank coverage is Australia-wide.
  • Fees – some banks charge you a small fee each month, this fee is often waived if you pay a certain amount of money into it each month. Top Tip: If you transfer money back and forth from a savings account to a current account this counts towards your money coming in. So, if the fee is waivered after $1000 transfer $500 to your savings and back twice. Obviously, if you are getting paid the required amount by an employer there is no need to do this.
  • Interest rates

When it comes to transferring money from your home account to your Australian bank account, there are two money transfer platforms: Currencyfair or Wise (formally TransferWise).  This is the most popular method amongst backpackers as transferring via other methods such as from your home bank account can be very costly.

Personally, I always use Wise. It’s really straightforward to use and the money has always been in my bank account promptly.

Join Backpacker Facebook Groups in Australia

Let’s get started on the fun stuff! Times have changed a lot since my very first trip to Australia, when you had to find travel mates and cars for sale on noticeboards in hostels – not Pinterest, but actual, physical pin boards!

It’s now really easy to find road trip buddies, rooms for rent or just like-minded travellers to hang out with on the weekend thanks to the world wide web!

One of the first things you’ll want to do when you start your working holiday in Australia (or even before you set off) is to join the relevant backpacker Facebook group for whichever city you’ll be staying in. You’ll find that virtually everyone in your hostel is already on them; they’re highly active groups.

Here are the links to some of the reliable Facebook groups in Australia:

Australia Backpacker Facebook Group

Backpacker Jobs Australia Facebook Group

Australia Travel Tips Facebook Group

Working Holiday Australia Facebook Group

Finding Cheap Accommodation in Australia

While most backpackers on a working holiday in Australia stay in hostels, there are plenty of cheap accommodation options. Here are some of my favourite types.

Hostels: $25-$40 per night

You’ll likely want to book into a hostel for your first week or so in Australia, as they’re a great place to make friends and meet other travellers. To make your trip less stressful I’d advise booking your first week before you set off and planning how you’ll get there from the airport.

To browse hostels or hotels right now, use the search box for Hotels Combined below. They compare prices for all the major booking providers for each accommodation, so you can get the cheapest price.

House/Flat Shares: $100-$300 per week

If you’re going to be living and working in an Australian city for a while, you might want to think about finding a flat or house share to make you feel more settled. It can actually cost the same or less than a hostel dorm bed.

The place to find casual short-term rentals is either Gumtree, the Facebook backpacker groups I listed above or flatmates.com.

Accommodation is so in demand in Australian cities that people often rent their rooms out when they go on holiday. So even if you only want a few weeks you could still find something!

Airbnb

I was very surprised to find that sharing a double room on Airbnb (where the owner is also living there) in Melbourne worked out the same price per person as staying in a hostel dorm. This is a great option for couples.

House Sitting: Free or Paid

House sitting is when you live in someone’s property for free while they’re on holiday in return for looking after their pets and home. I house sat in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne during my road trips, and now run a house and pet sitting business in Sydney and get paid for it!

To find house sitting jobs straight away, you’ll need to join a house-sitting website.

  • For house sitting in Australia only, I thoroughly recommend joining Aussie House Sitters. I got plenty of house sits through their site.
  • For worldwide house sitting, Trusted Housesitters is a better option and one of the biggest sites out there.

Getting An Australian Phone Number

This is probably the first thing you will want to do when you arrive in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. You will need an Australian phone number for job applications, rental applications and to apply for your TFN.

Prospective employers are more likely to call you with a local number that won’t cost them anything.

The main networks are Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. These are normally quite expensive.

There are numerous other small networks available that feed off the signals from the three biggest providers. The advantage of this is that you get good quality coverage for a fraction of the price.

You will want to go with a network that suits your plans in Australia. What I mean by this is if you are going to be spending time in the outback, not all network providers cover this area. I visited a network and told them my plans to do regional work at some point and he told me to go with their rival network because they were the only network provider at the time who had coverage in these areas.

When buying an Australian SIM you will also have different options to choose from such as taking on a 12-month contract however if you are bringing your mobile phone you will probably want to opt for either a month-to-month plan or prepaid plan.

Month-to-month plans mean that you won’t run out of credit. You are given a monthly allowance and if you are over these, you’ll be charged but won’t be cut off. Pre-paid plans work by paying for your text, calls and data upfront. Once you go through this allowance you will have to “recharge” before you can use the SIM again. Prepaid credit tends to expire after 28 days however some plans offer longer recharge periods. This is a great option as you don’t have to worry about being tied into a contract.

The cheapest option is to go with a smaller network provider. I would highly recommend Amaysim. They offer large GB’s of data for a very reasonable price. When you are relying on google maps to get off at the correct bus stops -data is everything!

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What Do You Need To Show When You Arrive At The Airport In Australia? 

Australia’s border controls have a reputation for being strict, there are policies and procedures in place to make sure you are coming to Australia on the correct visa and you are not bringing in anything illegal, banned or restricted. Largely, this is to do with protecting Australia’s fragile ecosystem.

You should check out this list of what you can’t bring to Australia before packing your bags. If you are caught with anything you should have you will be in serious trouble. Border Control is becoming stricter with the penalties for not declaring items.

If you are sticking to the rules, you won’t need to show anything other than your passport and your landing card. Make sure you fill in the passenger arrival card as accurately as possible. There is a list of items you will need to declare if you have any of the items listed with you. Even if it’s something small, declare it. I had a small amount of prescription medication that I declared –  the immigration officer asked to see my prescription and that was it – I was on my way.

Your visa is linked to your passport number, so when they scan your passport all your details will already be there.

Occasionally they will do randomised bag checks when you are passing through border control but otherwise, the process was fairly fast and efficient. Some people like to have proof of funds printed out; however, this is not routinely checked.

Finding Working Holiday Jobs in Australia

The cost of living in Australia is fairly high compared to many other countries, so most backpackers will be eager to find work to top up their travel funds.

A lot of backpackers find work in the service industry (bars, restaurants, cafes) and construction is a pretty popular industry too, as there’s a lot of development in Australia and it’s well paid.

Note that you’ll need what’s known as a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate to serve alcohol in Australia; despite being known as a laidback country it is actually the nanny state of all nanny states, with a lot of red tape!

A couple of popular websites for backpacker work in Australia are Backpacker Jobs Australia and Backpacker Job Board, and you can also check out Gumtree, Facebook backpacker groups and local newspapers.

A lot of backpackers find work in Australia just by asking other backpackers or hostel owners. People often know someone who knows someone! You can also do cleaning and reception work in hostels.

Finding Cheap Accommodation in Australia

While most backpackers on a working holiday in Australia stay in hostels, there are plenty of cheap accommodation options. Here are some of my favourite types.

Hostels: $25-$40 per night

You’ll likely want to book into a hostel for your first week or so in Australia, as they’re a great place to make friends and meet other travellers. To make your trip less stressful I’d advise booking your first week before you set off and planning how you’ll get there from the airport.

To browse hostels or hotels right now, use the search box for Hotels Combined below. They compare prices for all the major booking providers for each accommodation, so you can get the cheapest price.

House/Flat Shares: $100-$300 per week

If you’re going to be living and working in an Australian city for a while, you might want to think about finding a flat or house share to make you feel more settled. It can actually cost the same or less than a hostel dorm bed.

The place to find casual short-term rentals is either Gumtree, the Facebook backpacker groups I listed above or flatmates.com.

Accommodation is so in demand in Australian cities that people often rent their rooms out when they go on holiday. So even if you only want a few weeks you could still find something!

Airbnb

I was very surprised to find that sharing a double room on Airbnb (where the owner is also living there) in Melbourne worked out the same price per person as staying in a hostel dorm. This is a great option for couples.

House Sitting: Free or Paid

House sitting is when you live in someone’s property for free while they’re on holiday in return for looking after their pets and home. I house sat in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne during my road trips, and now run a house and pet sitting business in Sydney and get paid for it!

To find house sitting jobs straight away, you’ll need to join a house-sitting website.

  • For house sitting in Australia only, I thoroughly recommend joining Aussie House Sitters. I got plenty of house sits through their site.
  • For worldwide house sitting, Trusted Housesitters is a better option and one of the biggest sites out there.

Get a Medicare Card

If you are a visitor from a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Medicare, the Australian health care system, some of the medical expenses you incur in Australia may be covered.

Medicare is the name of Australia’s healthcare system. It is a system that is usually limited to Permanent Residents or Australian Citizens, however; certain countries have a “reciprocal healthcare agreement” in place which allows nationals of these countries to benefit from Medicare whilst on a Working Holiday Visa. These countries are;

  • United Kingdom
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Belgium
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

If you are from a county with a reciprocal healthcare agreement, you will want to enrol in Medicare as soon as you land in Australia. To enrol, you will need to visit a service centre. You need to complete a Medicare enrolment form and bring along certain documents with you, normally your passport and a paper copy of your visa. (More information regarding these documents and service centres can be found using the government website here).

It is a common misconception that Medicare is free, it’s not. It is, however, fairly subsidised for common procedures.

If your country is not listed, you must get travel insurance for the duration of your trip because you will not be entitled to any subsidy if you need medical care.

Even if your country is listed above, I would still recommend getting travel insurance as some medical procedures will still require partial payment.

Some services are not included in Medicare such as dental expenses, alternative medication, physiotherapy, ambulance services, or glasses/ contact lenses.

Regardless if you have Medicare or not, in the event you need an ambulance this will cost in the region $1,100AUD. This is why travel insurance is so important, as your policy may help you pay for these unexpected costs.

Some doctor’s practices are “bulk billing”. This means you won’t get charged when you present your Medicare card.

As I have said before, travel insurance is so important. You never know what will happen during your time in Australia…you might get bitten by a nasty insect or your flight might get cancelled due to stormy weather in Sydney. Travel insurance is fairly inexpensive compared to the costs you may incur if you are not covered.

If you are eligible, you can fill out a Medicare application form and take it to a Medicare service centre in Australia to get a Medicare card.

How To Get Your Tax File Number (TFN) On A Working Holiday Visa Australia?

To work in Australia you will need a Tax File Number (TFN), which is equivalent to a National Insurance number if you are from the UK or Social Security Number if you are from America.

It doesn’t cost anything and identifies you for tax and superannuation purposes. You keep the same TFN if you change jobs, change your name or move overseas.

The processing time for TFN applications is 28 days, however, it can be quicker as I received mine in about 14 days. You will need a valid address as your TFN gets sent to you via mail. You can use your hostel address if necessary.

You should keep your TFN private, only using it when appropriate.  You can apply for your TFN via Australian Taxation Office here.

I speak from experience as an au pair when I say, this is not the easy route. There is nothing easy about being a “taught mum” when you have no experience of looking after children.

I would also do some research into Australian bank accounts in advance and choose the best account to suit your needs. You will need one if you plan on working in Australia, in order to receive your wages!

The big four banks in Australia are ANZWestpacCommonwealth Bank & NAB.

Make sure you check if the banks charge any fees if you don’t pay a certain amount of money in each month. Also check how many ATMs the bank has. Australia is about 20 years behind the UK in this respect and often charges you if you don’t withdraw from your own bank or an affiliated one!

I chose Citibank as it has no monthly fees on the account I opened, plus an attached savings account. It doesn’t have many ATMs, but I can use Westpac ATMs for free, and there are plenty of those around.

Make sure you open a bank account in Australia within six weeks of arriving, as you won’t be required to show as many pieces of identification (usually just your passport) to open the account. After this you will need to show a number of different forms of ID, each worth a different amount of points, in order to open your account.

Some banks let you open an account before you arrive in Australia, and just ask you to pop into a branch with your ID on arrival.

Accessing & Transferring Money to Australia

If you want to withdraw cash directly from your home bank account using ATMs in Australia when you first arrive, make sure you notify your bank you’ll be abroad first. They may suspect fraudulent behaviour and block access to your account otherwise.

Always make sure you have more than one way to access money while you’re travelling, just in case you lose your credit/debit card.

I once went to Brazil and both my friend and I had our cards cloned in an ATM. Her account got frozen because the fraudsters got her PIN wrong, my account got wiped out (the bank did reimburse the money eventually), and between three of us we just about had enough cash to get through our last few days!

If you’re planning on transferring savings from your home bank account to your new bank account in Australia, consider using a foreign currency exchange specialist such as Wise.

I’ve been using Wise (formerly TransferWise) since I moved to Australia, as it’s simple to use, totally transparent regarding fees and rates and much cheaper than using my bank.

INTERESTED IN A HASSLE-FREE EXPERIENCE?

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Finding Regional Work for Your Second Year Visa in Australia

We know that many of you will want to complete your 88 days of regional work in order to get your second or third working holiday visa in Australia. Just make sure that you start looking for work well ahead of time, so that you’re not in a panic at the last minute.

Here’s a link to the Eligible Jobs For A Second And Third Year Visa Subclass 417 in Australia if you want to learn more (or click here for subclass 462).

There’s been a well-publicised problem in Australia with backpackers being exploited by farm owners (underpaid, harassed etc) and putting up with it as they are so desperate for the work to be signed off in time. Starting your farm work early means you’ll have time to leave and find another job if required (hopefully you won’t have to though – plenty of people have a great experience).

One of our clients left his farm work until the last minute and had an awful time with a bullying boss on a fruit farm in Tasmania. Thankfully he found somewhere else in time, but it meant flying up to Queensland to work on a cattle farm! He had a brilliant time there though, and just managed to get his 88 days in before the cut-off time.

Finding Regional Work for Your Third Year Visa in Australia

We know that many of you will want to complete your 88 days of regional work in order to get your second or third working holiday visa in Australia. Just make sure that you start looking for work well ahead of time, so that you’re not in a panic at the last minute.

Here’s a link to the Eligible Jobs For A Second And Third Year Visa Subclass 417 in Australia if you want to learn more (or click here for subclass 462).

There’s been a well-publicised problem in Australia with backpackers being exploited by farm owners (underpaid, harassed etc) and putting up with it as they are so desperate for the work to be signed off in time. Starting your farm work early means you’ll have time to leave and find another job if required (hopefully you won’t have to though – plenty of people have a great experience).

One of our clients left his farm work until the last minute and had an awful time with a bullying boss on a fruit farm in Tasmania. Thankfully he found somewhere else in time, but it meant flying up to Queensland to work on a cattle farm! He had a brilliant time there though, and just managed to get his 88 days in before the cut-off time.

Organise Australian Road Trips

If you’ve made it to the other side of the world, make sure you explore the country! You’re there to work and travel in Australia after all! Just remember how enormous Australia is and how long it takes to get from one city to another.

There are heaps of ways to travel Australia: organised tour buses, public coaches, trains, flights, hiring or buying a car or campervan, or getting a ride in another backpacker’s car. Whatever your budget you should find something suitable.

Buying a Car on Your Working Holiday in Australia

Many backpackers decide to buy a cheap car or campervan on their working holiday in Australia, as it allows the ultimate freedom on road trips to explore wherever you like for as long as you like. It also means you can stay at campsites between cities and save a lot of money on accommodation.

You can buy cars complete with camping gear from other backpackers who are leaving the country after their working holiday ends (usually via the backpacker Facebook groups). Alternatively, consider finding a second-hand car on Gumtree, in local newspapers or from a car dealer.

Just be careful buying a vehicle from other backpackers, as these are often extremely old and not always looked after well. It’s cheaper to buy a car in good condition and then get cheap camping gear separately than waste thousands on replacing car parts.

It’s a good idea to get a mechanic to check over any cars you are interested in buying, and always ask the owner to show you the latest service reports.

Also be aware that vehicles in Australia are registered to the state the owner lives in, and if you buy one in a different state to where it’s registered (for example, if a backpacker has driven it across the country) you may have to have it officially examined and get the number plates changed to ones from the new state. Do your research as there are different rules in each state.

Making Friends on Your Working Holiday in Australia

If you’re travelling solo for the first time, you might be worried about how you’ll meet people and make friends. I promise you it’s easy, and you won’t be lonely! Never give up an opportunity to travel because you haven’t got anyone to go with.

Most travellers set off by themselves and are keen to meet other people. If you stay in hostels it’s hard not to get chatting to the people in your dorm or in the kitchen, even if you’re not someone who tends to approach people.

If your room mates don’t speak to you straight away they’re probably feeling just as shy as you, or they’re nervous about how good their English is. Say “hi and ask their name, and they’ll probably be really pleased to talk to you.

If you’re looking for travel buddies for road trips, or even to get out and explore at weekends, backpacker Facebook groups are great, or people you meet in person at your hostel.

You can also use the website Meetup.com and join groups that run outings on whatever your interests are. I’ve made virtually all my friends in Sydney that way, through walking groups and female social groups.

Australian Backpacker Tax Rates & Claiming a Refund

It’s worth reading up about backpacker tax for working holiday makers on the ATO website. You need to make sure you lodge a tax return if you’ve been working in Australia.

Note that the Australian tax year begins on 1st July, so make sure you lodge a tax return at the end of the tax year (or earlier if you’re heading home), as you may be entitled to a refund.

Superannuation, or ‘super’ as the Aussies call it, means your pension or retirement fund. This may not be something on your mind if you’re in your twenties and gallivanting around the world, but your Australian employer will be obliged by law to pay a certain amount into a super fund for you.

You’ll be pleased to know that you can claim your superannuation back at the end of your working holiday in Australia, but less pleased to know that as of 1st July 2017 the full amount will be taxed at 65%!

Here’s another link to the ATO explaining the deal with your departing Australia superannuation payment (DASP).

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Frequently Asked Working Holiday Questions

A working holiday allows you to delve deeper into a country and spend a gap year (sometimes even more) on a specific visa.

As you have much longer, you can delve into everything that makes the country unique. You’ll get to experience the perfect combination of what travellers see and what the locals see.

You’ll become part of the working community and get to know your new home the way the locals know theirs. But you can then go above and beyond and tick off some of the most incredible sights the country has to offer in your spare time.

You’ll earn and work. But that means you’ll be able to enjoy and travel even further.

Simply; no.

You could save, save, save, and then use your time on your working holiday visa to just travel wherever you wish. There’s absolutely nothing tying you into having to work.

Yet most will secure a gap year job abroad to experience the full gap year lifestyle. You’ll meet new people, make new friends, develop skills and live like a local, all whilst creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Working holidays are only possible through countries have exchange partnerships and allowing young adults to travel on working holidays.

These visas allow you to enter the country and work for a certain amount of time, if you meet the specified visa criteria. This is applied for in advance and if granted, means you can work, earn and travel for a gap year (or sometimes even more).

It gives you the right to rent, open bank accounts and everything expected by a normal resident, with only slight variations based on the duration you’re in the country.

The beauty of a gap year is that you decide your path.

Whether you want to follow your career and use your prior experience, or try something completely new, the decision is yours.

Many use gap years to follow their passions, or to push themselves to achieve something they never thought they could.

There’s loads of different avenues to search once you know what you’d like to do. Major recruiters have their own online application areas, whereas each country will have job sites and boards for you to apply through.

A career gap year is living the ‘gap year lifestyle’, but whilst still following your chosen career path.

A great example would be those looking at wanting to follow an outdoor education career. There are numerous roles around the world which will actually contribute to furthering your CV, such as working in a summer camp in America/China/Canada, or becoming a ski instructor in New Zealand.

Another example may be if you want to move into the financial sector, then instead of going straight into a graduate career, you may look at a gap year working holiday in Hong Kong or Singapore.

Your time away will strengthen your background and skillset, meaning you’ll go home with a stronger position, ready to seize your next career step.

If your application is going to be straightforward, i.e. you meet all the requirements perfectly and there is no doubt in your mind you will have your application refused, then do it yourself.

It is personal preference though if you feel more comfortable going through an agent then by all means do. If you are unsure whether immigration could have grounds to refuse your application then I would speak to an agent for advice.

Once you have your visa application sorted out, you can participate in an Australia Arrival Package, you can receive benefits such as setting up a Tax File Number (TFN), bank account, packs to help you find a job and your first few nights’ accommodations on arrival. You can visit this link: Australia Arrival Package.

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