Critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors to count as ‘specified work’
Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) can now count critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors undertaken anywhere in Australia after 31 January 2020 as specified work to apply for a second or third WHM visa.
Changes will also be made to allow former WHMs who transitioned to a COVID-19 Pandemic event visa to continue undertaking critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors to resume the WHM pathway. Under these arrangements, critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors carried out by former WHMs on a Pandemic event visa will count as specified work towards a 2nd or 3rd WHM visa. Regulation amendments are required to bring these changes into effect. Further updates will be provided on our website when available.
Bushfire recovery efforts to count as 'specified work'
On 17 February 2020, the Government announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program to assist communities to recover from recent bushfires.
WHMs can now count paid or volunteer bushfire recovery work in a declared disaster area, carried out after 31 July 2019, as 'specified work' towards eligibility for a second or third WHM visa.
Bushfire recovery work for up to 12 months with one employer
From 17 February 2020, Working Holiday Makers (subclass 417 and subclass 462 visa holders) assisting bushfire recovery efforts can now do paid or unpaid work for up to 12 months (instead of 6 months) with the same employer or organisation without requesting permission from us.
Cap increase for Thailand
The annual cap for the Work and Holiday visa has been increased to 2,000 for Thailand.
Cap increase for Poland
From 1 October 2019, the annual cap on Work and Holiday visas has been increased to 1,500 for Poland.
Commencement of reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements with Ecuador and Greece
From 1 July 2019, eligible young people from Ecuador and Greece can apply for a Work and Holiday visa to visit Australia. The annual visa caps of 100 for Ecuador and 500 for Greece also apply to Australian citizens who want to work and holiday in those countries.
Cap increases for Argentina, Portugal and Singapore
From 1 July 2019, the annual cap on Work and Holiday visas has been increased to 2,450 for Argentina, 500 for Portugal and 2,500 for Singapore.
Mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa
From 1 July 2019, all applicants (except from the People's Republic of China) for a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa must lodge online through ImmiAccount. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
Third Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visa
Visa holders who carry out 6 months of specified work while on their second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, or on a bridging visa in certain circumstances, may be eligible to apply for a third visa. The 6 months of specified work must all be carried out on or after 1 July 2019, so a successful application cannot be lodged before January 2020.