Work and Holiday arrangement commenced with Vietnam

On 1 March 2017 a new Work and Holiday arrangement commenced with Vietnam.

The Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462) is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible partner countries.

If you have completed specified subclass 462 work in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing you can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa. For more information refer to ‘specified subclass 462 work’ under the ‘Visa applicants’ tab.

Working in Australia – six months with one employer: You can generally only work six months with one employer. More information is available at Working in Australia – six months with one employer

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer
  • study for up to four months
  • leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
  • apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you have worked for three months in northern Australia in tourism and hospitality or agriculture, forestry and fishing.

First Work and Holiday visa - you must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa.

Second Work and Holiday visa - If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when this visa is granted. If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when this visa is granted.

Visa limits

There is an annual limit on the number of first Work and Holiday visas granted to each country. No applications will be approved once this limit is reached and you should wait until the following year to lodge an application. The visa programme year starts on 1 July each year.

For Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Thailand,Turkey and Vietnam, the immigration office outside Australia that processes applications from nationals of those countries can tell you how many visas are available.

For Argentina, Chile, Portugal and Uruguay you need to contact the Americas Service Centre.  For Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain you need to contact the Europe Service Centre.

There is no limit on the number of second Work and Holiday visas that can be granted each year.

Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection-Australia