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Visa conditions

Working Holiday Maker work limitations

If you hold a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, you can do any kind of work over the course of your 12-month stay in Australia. There are limitations on the timeframe you may work with any one employer.

Mandatory visa condition 8547 limits you to a maximum period of 6 months’ work with any one employer. If your work does not fall within an exemption to condition 8547, you will have to seek permission to work longer than 6 months for the same employer.

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has made the decision to continue the previous exemption process relating to visa condition 8547, from 1 January 2024, while consultation on the Working Holiday program settings and reform process is underway in line with the Migration Strategy released on 11 December 2023.

See also Visa conditions 8547 – 6 month work limitation.

If you have submitted a request for approval to work for longer than 6 months for the same employer, you can continue working for the same employer until you receive a written outcome of your request. You must submit your request before the initial 6-month period lapses.

Applying for permission to work longer than 6 months with one employer

WHM visa holders did not need permission to work for an employer from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023 regardless of any work done for the same employer before 1 July 2023.

If you hold a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, you can do any kind of work over the course of your 12-month stay in Australia. However, the conditions of your visa limit you to a maximum period of 6 months’ work with any 1 employer, unless we have given you permission to work longer. If you work longer than 6 months without permission, you are in breach of your visa conditions.

For situations where you do not need to ask our permission to work longer than 6 months with one employer, see Visa conditions 8547 – 6 month work limitation.

How to request permission to work longer than 6 months

Submit an online permission to work longer than 6 months form.