The subclass 462 visa allows certain tourists aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) years old to have an extended holiday in Australia, while supplementing their funds with short-term work. The visa is valid for 12 months and allows multiple entries into and exits from Australia Visa holders can generally work for up to six months with any one employer and can study for up to four months. Work up to 12 months for some types of specified work and regional areas may be possible. There is an annual limit on the number of first Work and Holiday visas granted to each country. The annual limit resets on 1 July each visa program year.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
- are at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age
- don’t have a dependent child with you at any time during your stay in Australia
- have a passport from:
- China, People’s Republic of
- Slovak Republic
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 countries.
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.
You might be able to get this visa if you:
- are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time you lodge your application
- will not be with a dependent child while you are in Australia
- have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)
- have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay
- have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) or a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
- meet the educational requirements
- have functional English
- have a letter of support from your government (except applicants from Israel, the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America)
- meet character and health requirements
- are a genuine visitor.
Depending on the passport you hold, the education requirements could be slightly different.
If you are from Argentina, Bangladesh, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain or Uruguay, you must hold a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.
If you are from Chile, you must hold a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed or have been approved to do a third year of undergraduate university study.
If you are from Israel, you must hold a secondary school (high school) qualification and have completed mandatory military service or be legally exempt from military service.
If you are from the United States of America, you must hold a secondary school (high school) qualification.
You must provide evidence that you have at least functional English. This can be:
- evidence you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, or the Republic of Ireland
- an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) average band score of at least 4.5 for the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement
- the Occupational English Test (OET) completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement
- a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) total band score of at least 32 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement
- a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall band score of at least 30 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement
- a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test overall band score of at least 147 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening and the test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2015
- all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary school at an institution where all the instruction was in English
- at least five years of secondary education (high school) at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English
- a post-secondary qualification with at least two years of full-time study, in which all tuition was in English
- at least one year of full-time study or equivalent towards a degree, higher degree, diploma or associate diploma at an Australian institution where all the instruction was in English
- evidence of successful completion of an English Bagrut exam in the level of three study units (Israeli applicants only).
Letter of government support
You must include a letter of support from your home government with your application. This letter does not guarantee you a place in the Work and Holiday visa program.
The following agencies issue letters of support:
- Argentina: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Bangladesh: Ministry of Home Affairs
- Chile: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Indonesia: Directorate General of Immigration
- Malaysia: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Poland: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
- Portugal: Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Slovak Republic: Ministry of Interior
- Slovenia: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Spain: Secretariat General for Immigration and Emigration, Ministry of Employment
- Thailand: Office of Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups in Bangkok
- Turkey: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Uruguay: Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
If you are from Israel, the People’s Republic of China or the United States of America you do not have to provide a letter of government support.
If you are a Malaysian citizen you need to provide a Malaysian Good Conduct Certificate, which can only be applied for online by selecting the ‘e-Consular’ link on the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia’s national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.
We recommend that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
Debts to the Australian Government
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
Extending your stay in Australia
The Work and Holiday visa lets you stay in Australia for 12 months. Any time spent outside Australia after the 12-month stay on your visa starts does not extend the length of the visa.
You may be able to apply for a different visa to extend your stay only if your visa is not granted with a ‘no further stay’ condition. You will be advised of this in your visa grant letter. Holders of visas without this condition can apply for a limited number of other visas while in Australia. You should contact your nearest immigration office in Australia to discuss your options.
Starting the 12-month stay period on your Work and Holiday visa
The 12-month stay period on your Work and Holiday visa will start if you enter Australia:
- as a transit passenger
- on an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
- on a Crew Travel Authority (CTA)
- on a Maritime Crew Visa (MCV).
Once the 12-month stay period starts, it cannot be delayed or deferred.
If you hold a Work and Holiday visa and want to enter Australia on another visa, you should:
- ask us to cancel your Work and Holiday visa before you travel to Australia (you can reapply for another Work and Holiday visa at a later stage)
- after you have confirmation that your Work and Holiday visa has been cancelled, apply for another visa.
This will allow you to avoid accidentally using your Work and Holiday visa.
To cancel your Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462), contact the immigration office outside Australia where your visa was processed.