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Visa conditions

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

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 six months’ work with any one employer, unless we have given you permission to work longer. If you work longer than six 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 six months with one employer. See Visa conditions 8547 – 6 month work limitation.

Applying for permission

Requests for permission to work longer than 6 months are only approved in limited circumstances.

Your request to extend the employment period may be approved where you:

  • are an au pair
  • have applied for another visa in Australia that would let you continue to work for your employer full time and are waiting for our decision
  • have exceptional circumstances, for example:
    • Your work is critical to a project that takes longer than expected. For example, you are a lawyer working on an extended trial.
    • You are doing disaster recovery work after a major disaster. For example, you are helping to rebuild after a flood.

Exceptional circumstances must:

  • relate to an Australian permanent resident, citizen or business
  • be out of the ordinary
  • be unforeseeable

To apply for permission:

There is no fee to apply for an employment extension.

Au pairs

Permission to work longer than six months with one employer may be given where a Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa holder has been employed as an au pair with a family and is seeking to continue that employment for a further period.

To be considered an au pair, your primary responsibility must be the care of a family's children, rather than any domestic work. The youngest child being cared for should not be older than 12 years of age (that is, primary school age or younger).