Australian Embassy
Tokyo
Japan

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

1. About Working Holiday visa

2. How can I be granted this visa?

3. What can I do with a Working Holiday visa?

4. How do I apply for a Working Holiday visa?

5. Will the current age of eligibility for a Working Holiday visa change?

6. Know your work rights

7. Useful information for Japanese citizens

To support our agriculture businesses to address critical regional labour shortages the Australian Government is expanding working holiday maker arrangements by giving visa holders the opportunity to stay in Australia for longer.

Changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program for Japanese nationals include:

  • From 5 November 2018, increasing the period in which Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417) 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 Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417) visa holders who, after 1 July 2019, undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their second year
These changes are designed to target genuine workforce shortages in regional Australia without displacing Australian workers.

 

The Visa Section only provides information on visa matters and cannot assist with enquiries on employment, taxation and settling in Australia.

About Working Holiday visa

Australia's Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a visa that enables young people from Japan and other eligible countries to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.

There is no limit in the number of people that can be granted this visa in a year. If certain requirements are met, this visa can be granted twice in a lifetime.

How can I be granted this visa?

You need to satisfy the following to be granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):

General requirements are,

  • you need to have a valid passport from an eligible country,
  • you need to be an age between 18 and 30 at the time you lodge your visa application,
  • you need to satisfy character and health requirements,
  • you need to have enough money to support yourself (about AUD 5,000),
  • will not be accompanied by dependent children during you stay in Australia, and
  • declare that you will respect the values of Australia and abide by the laws of Australia.

First Working Holiday visa requirements are,

  • you need to be outside of Australia when you lodge the visa and when you are granted the visa and
  • you must have no record of entering Australia on a Working Holiday visa.

Second Working Holiday visa requirements are,

  • you need to have entered Australia with a first Working Holiday visa and complied with all the visa conditions,
  • you need to have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa,
    See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Regional area
    See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Specified work
  • you need to be outside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while outside of Australia and need to be inside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while inside of Australia.

Third Working Holiday visa requirements are,

  • you need to have complied with all the visa conditions of the second Working Holiday Maker visa,
  • the option of a third-year for Working Holiday Maker visa holders who, after 1 July 2019, undertake 6 months of specified work in regional Australia while on their second Working Holiday visa.  Specified work for the third-year visa is the same as the eligibility for specified work for the second year visa.

What can I do with a Working Holiday visa?

You can do the following activities if you are granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):

  • you need to enter Australia with 12 months of being granted the visa,
  • you can stay for up to 12 months from the first day you entered Australia with this visa
  • you are able to travel in and out of Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
  • you can study for up to four months
  • you can work, generally for up to six months with each employer, but can work up to 12 months with an employer if you are permitted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • from 5 November 2018, you can stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer for 6 to 12 months
    Note: Information on applying to work for up to 12 months with an employer can be found at  https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/6-month-work-limitation  

Note: Stay period when granted a second Working Holiday visa
Many second Working Holiday visa holders are found overstaying their visa period due to misunderstanding of their visa period. The below examples should help you understand your visa period.

How do I apply for a Working Holiday visa?

The general and most common method of applying for a Working Holiday visa is by applying for the visa online.

1) The credit card must be a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners or JCB card and does not need to be a card held by the applicant. Check card and debit card is not acceptable.

2) ImmiAccount is an online service run by the Department of Home Affairs and an account can be created at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/immiaccount

3) You can have you health examination either before or after submitting your visa application. Detailed information on health examination can be found at Health Examination for Visa Applicants

4) Online Working Holiday visa application can be lodged at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-417

5) The current visa application charge for Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) can be found in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

6) Additional or supporting documents can be attached to your online application through ImmiAccount
See: Attach documents to an online application


Information on the visa processing time can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards.

Will the current age of eligibility for a Working Holiday visa change?

The Visa Section at the Australian Embassy, Tokyo is receiving enquiries about the timing of changes to the age eligibility for the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa programme announced by the Treasurer on 27 September 2016 as part of the Working Holiday Maker Reform Package. The Australian Government is considering implementation options for expanding the age of Working Holiday Maker eligibility from 30 to 35 years, including timeframes, legislative requirements and engagement with partner countries.

The Working Holiday Maker visa programme is underpinned by bilateral agreements between Australia and partner countries.

Reciprocity of arrangements for Australian citizens is also a key feature of the programme.

The current age of eligibility (18 to 30) will remain in place until further notice.

The Department of Home Affairs will provide information about changes to the Working Holiday Maker programme, including expected timing, on its website as the information becomes available.

Know your work rights

When you work in Australia, you have the same work rights and responsibilities as an Australian. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides help and information on fair work rights.
See: Fair Work Ombudsman

Useful information for Japanese citizens

The below information should be useful for Japanese citizens on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) in Australia.

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Last Updated: 04/01/2019