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Updates on Australias Work and Holiday Visa Program

26th June 2024 | SuccessVisa

Updates on Australias Work and Holiday Visa Program

Australia's Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa program has recently seen several significant updates and changes aimed at improving the experience for applicants and expanding opportunities. Here's what you need to know about the new processes and arrangements:

1. New Pre-Application Ballot Process

Starting in the 2024-2025 program year, the Australian Government will implement a new pre-application ballot process for first-time Work and Holiday visa applicants from China, Vietnam, and India. This process is designed to manage the high demand from these countries. More details, including ballot opening dates, will be announced soon.

2. Natural Disaster Recovery Work

From February 2, 2024, work related to natural disaster recovery, such as in areas affected by cyclones or severe weather, will count as 'specified work' for applying for a second or third Work and Holiday visa. This includes work carried out since December 31, 2021. The recognition of bushfire recovery work since July 31, 2019, and flood recovery work since December 31, 2021, continues.

3. New Arrangement with the Philippines

Australia has introduced a Work and Holiday visa arrangement with the Philippines, allowing up to 200 young Filipinos and Australians to enjoy a 12-month holiday in each other’s countries, undertaking short-term work and study. Details on the commencement of this arrangement will be provided once finalized.

4. Removal of Letter of Support for Papua New Guinea (PNG)

From August 1, 2023, PNG passport holders can lodge a valid subclass 462 visa application without needing a Letter of Support. PNG joined the Work and Holiday Program on July 1, 2023, allowing up to 100 PNG nationals to travel to Australia on this visa.

5. Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement

New arrangements under the Working Holiday Maker program and Youth Mobility Scheme have been established following the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement. UK passport holders applying on or after July 1, 2024, for a second or third Working Holiday visa no longer need to meet the specified work requirement. Additionally, the age limit for new applicants has been raised to 35 years.

6. Work Condition 8547

Work condition 8547 limits Working Holiday Makers to a maximum of six months’ work with any one employer, unless specific exemptions apply. Details about these exemptions and how to apply for permission to work longer can be found on the official website.

7. India to Access Work and Holiday Visa

Under the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA), Australia will extend access to the Work and Holiday visa to up to 1,000 Indian citizens annually. This will allow eligible Indians aged 18 to 30 to apply for a one-year visa, enabling them to work and study in Australia. More information will be available closer to the implementation date.

8. Processing Timeframes

Due to a high volume of applications, there may be processing delays. Applicants are advised to ensure their applications are complete to expedite processing. You can check the status of your application and respond to information requests via ImmiAccount.

Call to Action

Stay informed about the latest updates to Australia's Work and Holiday visa program to make the most of your application. For detailed information and to check your eligibility, visit SuccessVisa today. Our experts are here to guide you through the process and ensure a smooth application experience.

Source: Australia Home Affair