Are you looking to visit Australia on a working holiday visa? From the 1st July 2019, for subclass 417 and 462 employed, working holiday visa holders, if you undertake 6-months of work in a specified regional area during your second year working in Australia, you will be able to apply to stay in Australia for the third year. Yay!
Third-year visa for working holiday visa holders – How it works
At the moment, it is possible to extend your Working Holiday for a second year if you complete 88 days (3 months) of work in certain regions and specific job sectors. According to the Australian government, Working Holidaymakers on their second-year visa will be able to extend their visa for a third year after 1st July 2019.
To summarise, you will need to do 88 days of farm work in your first year to qualify for a second Working Holiday visa. Then you will need to work six months during your second year to apply for the third year.
The type of work you will have to do to be eligible for the third year visa is the same ‘plant and animal cultivation’ work you would need to complete for your second year working holiday visa.
How will these changes address regional workforce shortages
The key focus is on providing farmers with immediate access to workers in key parts of regional Australia. The changes aim to increase the number of Working Holiday Makers available for seasonal work needs.
Employers will be able to retain trained, and experienced employees doing agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) work for up to 12-months, rather than the previous 6-months.
The availability of a third-year visa will attract working holidaymakers to work for longer in regional Australia.
What does plant and animal cultivation include
Plant and animal cultivation includes most agricultural work, such as:
- the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops
- pruning and trimming vines and trees
- general maintenance crop work
- cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts
- immediate processing of plant products
- maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce
- immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning
- manufacturing dairy produces from raw material.
Find employers seeking working holiday applicants
If you are interested in viewing a list of current vacancies targetted specifically at working holiday visa holders check out our current list of working holiday job vacancies here.