Changes to Working Holiday Visas: Increased to three years
On 21st of February 2019, the Minister announced that the maximum number of Working Holiday and Work & Holiday Visas (Subclass 417 and 462) a person may hold in Australia will be increased to three.
These changes will come into effect from 1 July 2019.
In order to be eligible for a third ‘working holiday maker’ visa, the applicant is required to complete 6 months of specified work in specified circumstances.
What types of work completed will count towards third-year eligibility
If you want to apply for a third Working Holiday Visa, you must have completed 6 months specified work while holding a second WHV and that this work should have been carried out on or after 1 July 2019.
Regional Australia and Specified Work
For the purposes of the Working Holiday visa, regional Australia includes the areas below:
New South Wales
- 2311 to 2312;
- 2328 to 2411;
- 2420 to 2490;
- 2536 to 2551;
- 2575 to 2594;
- 2618 to 2739;
- 2787 to 2898.
The Northern Territory
- 4124 to 4125;
- 4270 to 4272;
- 4307 to 4499;
- 4515 to 4519;
- 522 to 4899.
- 3211 to 3334;
- 3340 to 3424;
- 3430 to 3649;
- 3658 to 3749;
- 3778 to 3781;
- 3810 to 3909;
- 3921 to 3925;
- 3945 to 3974;
- 3981 to 3996.
- 6041 to 6044;
- 6055 to 6056;
- 6083 to 6084;
- 6121 to 6126;
- 6200 to 6799.
For the purposes of the Working Holiday visa, specified work may include the below:
Plant and animal cultivation:
- the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops;
- pruning or trimming vines and trees;
- general maintenance crop work;
- cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts;
- immediate processing of plant products;
- maintaining animals for the purposes of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase;
- immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning;
- manufacturing dairy products from raw material.
Fishing and pearling:
- conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species;
- conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.
Tree farming and felling:
- planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled;
- felling trees in a plantation or forest;
- transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed, or any other place from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.
- coal mining;
- oil and gas extraction;
- metal ore mining;
- construction material mining;
- other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying;
- mining support services.
- residential building construction;
- non-residential building construction;
- heavy and civil engineering construction;
- land development and site preparation services;
- building structure services;
- building installation services;
- building completion services;
- other construction services.