If you hold a passport for a country or region participating in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM)  program, you may be eligible to apply for a 12-month visa which allows you to work in Australia during your Working Holiday Visa. You can find working holiday makers Australia COIVID-19 updates below.

Healthcare and medical sectors workers may apply for a second or third WHM Visa

People who work at healthcare and medical sectors with a Working Holiday Visa can now count as critical COVID-19 workers. They may apply for a second or third Working Holiday Visa anywhere in Australia after 31 January 2020.

Changes will also be made to allow former Working Holiday Makers who transitioned to a COVID-19 Pandemic event visa to continue undertaking critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors to continue working under WHM program.

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’

The Government made some changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program on 17 February 2020 to assist communities to recover from unsettling bushfires. Working Holiday Makers (subclass 417 and subclass 462 visa holders) assisting bushfire recovery efforts can now work for up to 12 months, instead of 6 months, with the same employer or organisation without requesting permission from the Home Affairs Department.

Working Holiday Makers can now count paid or volunteer bushfire recovery work in a declared disaster area carried out after 31 July 2019. They will count as ‘specified work’ and will be eligible for a 2nd and 3rd  Working Holiday Visa.


Cap increases for Argentina, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal and Poland

From 1 July 2019, the annual cap on Work and Holiday visas has been increased to

  • 2,450 for Argentina
  • 2,500 for Singapore
  • 2,000 for Thailand
  • 1,500 for Poland
  • 500 for Portugal


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 work and travel in 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.


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