Australian Embassy
Republic of Korea
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

The Visa and Citizenship office in the Australian Embassy, Seoul is receiving enquiries about the timing of changes to age of eligibility for the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa programme announced by the Treasurer on 27 September 2016 as part of the Working Holiday Maker Reform Package. The Australian Government is considering implementation options for expanding the age of Working Holiday Maker eligibility from 30 to 35 years, including timeframes, legislative requirements and engagement with partner countries.
The Working Holiday Maker visa programme is underpinned by bilateral agreements between Australia and partner countries.
Reciprocity of arrangements for Australian citizens is also a key feature of the programme.
The current age of eligibility (18 to 30) will remain in place until further notice.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will provide information about changes to the Working Holiday Maker programme, including expected timing, on its website as the information becomes available.

 

The Visa Section only provides information on visa matters and cannot assist with enquiries on employment, taxation and settling in Australia.

About Working Holiday visa

Australia's Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a visa that enables young people from Korea and other eligible countries to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.

There is no limit in the number of people that can be granted this visa in a year. If certain requirements are met, this visa can be granted twice in a lifetime.

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How can I be granted this visa?

You need to satisfy the following to be granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):

General requirements are,

  • you need to have a valid passport from an eligible country,
  • you need to be an age between 18 and 30 at the time you lodge your visa application,
  • you need to satisfy character and health requirements,
  • you need to have enough money to support yourself (about AUD 5,000),
  • will not be accompanied by dependent children during you stay in Australia, and
  • declare that you will respect the values of Australia and abide by the laws of Australia.

First Working Holiday visa requirements are,

  • you need to be outside of Australia when you lodge the visa and when you are granted the visa and
  • you must have no record of entering Australia on a Working Holiday visa.

Second Working Holiday visa requirements are,

  • you need to have entered Australia with a first Working Holiday visa and complied with all the visa conditions,
  • you need to have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa,
    See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Regional area
    See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Specified work
  • you need to be outside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while outside of Australia and need to be inside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while inside of Australia.

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What can I do with a Working Holiday visa?

You can do the following activities if you are granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):

  • you need to enter Australia with 12 months of being granted the visa,
  • you can stay for up to 12 months from the first day you entered Australia with this visa
  • you are able to travel in and out of Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
  • you can study for up to four months
  • you can work, generally for up to six months with each employer, but can work up to 12 months with an employer if you are permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
    Note: Information on applying to work for up to 12 months with an employer can be found at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Empl/WHM-six-months-one-employer

Note: Stay period when granted a second Working Holiday visa
Many second Working Holiday visa holders are found overstaying their visa period due to misunderstanding of their visa period. The below examples should help you understand your visa period.

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How do I apply for a Working Holiday visa?

The general and most common method of applying for a Working Holiday visa is by applying for the visa online.

1) The credit card must be a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners or JCB card and does not need to be a card held by the applicant. Check card and debit card is not acceptable.

2) ImmiAccount is an online service run by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and an account can be created at http://www.border.gov.au/immiaccount

3) You can have you health examination either before or after submitting your visa application. Detailed information on health examination can be found at http://southkorea.embassy.gov.au/seol/health.html

4) Online Working Holiday visa application can be lodged at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Appl/Working-holiday

5) The current visa application charge for Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) can be found in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

6) Additional or supporting documents can be attached to your online application through ImmiAccount
See: Attach documents to an online application

If you have enquiries on the Working Holiday visa applied online, please use the following online enquiry forms:

Information on the visa processing time can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards.

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Know your work rights

When you work in Australia, you have the same work rights and responsibilities as an Australian. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides help and information on fair work rights.
See: Fair Work Ombudsman

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Useful Information for Koreans

The below information should be useful for Koreans on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) in Australia.

  • Fair Work Ombudsman’s website www.fairwork.gov.au
  • Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ consular service website www.0404.go.kr
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Commonwealth of Australia’s website aus-act.mofa.go.kr (Canberra)
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney’s website aus-sydney.mofa.go.kr
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Melbourne’s website mel.mofa.go.kr 
  • Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ consular call centre
    • +82 2 3210 0404 in Korea
    • +61 2 6270 4100 from 0900 to 1530 (1700 on Monday) and +61 408 815 922 for those living in ACT, SA, WA and TAS (Embassy in Canberra)
    • +61 2 9210 0234 and +61 421 525 446 for those living in NSW, NT and QLD (Consulate General in Sydney)
    • +61 3 9533 3800 for those living in VIC (Consulate General in Melbourne)

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Last Updated 04/04/2017