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

Changes to the Working Holiday Makers Program

To support our agriculture businesses to address critical regional labour shortages the Australian Government is expanding working holiday maker arrangements by giving visa holders the opportunity to stay in Australia longer.

Australia's Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a visa that enables young people from the Republic of Korea to holiday and work in Australia.  It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and the Republic of Korea.

There is no limit in the number of people that can be granted this visa in a year.  The current age of eligibility for Korean citizens is between 18 to 30 years of age.

Changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program for Korean nationals include:

  • From 5 November 2018, increasing the period in which Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417) visa holders can stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer, from 6 to 12 months
  • The option of a third year for Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417) visa holders who, after 1 July 2019, undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their second year

These changes are designed to target genuine workforce shortages in regional Australia without displacing Australian workers.

Fair employment practices will be supported by the expansion of the Fair Farms Initiative to ensure fair treatment of domestic and migrant workers in agriculture across Australia.

More information on these changes will be updated on the Department of Home Affairs website:

Last Updated: 10/12/2018