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AUSTRALIA WORKING VISA

Work abroad in Oz on a gap year or working holiday

WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

Do you dream of exploring Australia, seeing stunning sights Down Under and finding paid work on your gap year? As one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Australia is like catnip for the young and bold, the newly graduated, and the in-transitions looking for an adventure. The perfect launchpad for a year of work and travel in Australia is through the working holiday visa; an ideal gap year destination for experienced travelers and newbies alike. No matter who you are though, you probably have a few questions on how to prepare for a working holiday in Australia, what to do once you're there, and how to wrap it all up.

In order to obtain an Australian working holiday visa, there are several criteria which you must meet. The visa is only granted to travellers between the ages of 18 and 30 who have no dependent children, and is given to those who intend on financing their travels with work in Australia. The person seeking the visa must hold a passport which has at least one year until it’s due for renewal. The person must not have any substantial medical conditions or criminal convictions in order to be granted a visa.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires anyone seeking a working holiday visa to have sufficient funds in their bank account to support themselves once arriving in Australia, and enough funds to purchase a return or onward fare. This amount depends on how long the holiday itself is, but the department considers £3150 (AUD$5000) to be an adequate amount of money. You may be required to show evidence such as a bank statement or plane ticket.

An Australian working visa costs around $450 Australian Dollars. Once a working visa is granted, the holder has 12 months to travel to Australia, and the visa will be valid for 12 months once the holder arrives in Australia. You are entitled to work for up to a six month stretch with any employer at a time. You can leave and re-enter Australia during the time the visa is valid.

For more advice on gap year finances, please visit our financing page.

NEW: 3RD YEAR WORKING HOLIDAY

As of February 2019, we learned that the Australian Government plans to update the WHV rules to change the age, location, and work requirements, as well as to offer a third-year visa option. These changes are expected to be announced in the next few months. If you're considering the Working Holiday Visa, be sure to check the Australian Home Office website, check your Working Holiday Visa eligibility or contact Grabatour Travel for the latest information, requirements, and restrictions before you apply.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON OUR PAID WORK PROGRAM?

A perfect way to get your Working Holiday off to a great start! If you're between 18-30 years old, expect to earn £10 - £16 ($18 - $30 AUD) an hour and get paid weekly. Start with 8 days of fun in Sydney or Melbourne plus the inclusions below:

AMAZING INTRO WEEK

See the amazing sites of Sydney or Melbourne, explore stunning beaches, trek the mountain and splash around in waterfalls. Learn how to surf, discover the Aussie culture then kick back at a BBQ Aussie style. Get up close and personal with the local wildlife and take a selfie with a kangaroo, fun night out in town…welcome to Australia!

FRIENDSHIPS FOR LIFE

Life was meant for good friends and great adventures and with our small groups (up to 20 people) that’s just what you’ll get. You’ll meet some fun, young and amazing people from all over the world, as well our awesome group leader who will be there with you from the moment you step off the plane. This is perfect way to make friends and share the experience – after all, who wants to explore Australia alone?

EMPLOYMENT HELP

After a brilliant week of fun in the sun! Then it's time to get job hunting with the help of our expert jobs team: We’ll help you find a job and get you set for up to a year of paid work. Get advice and assistance organising interviews & arranging accommodation, training course, plus lifetime access to employer database and advice.

WE COVER THE ESSENTIALS

Australia Bank Account
Australian SIM Card
Tax File Number
Medicare Guidance
Free Mail Holding
Support the whole time you're in Australia
Luggage Storage

ALL INCLUDED, GREAT VALUE

All Accommodation
All Activities
An Instant Group of Friends
All Transfers
Airport Pickup Arrangement
Support before, during & after the trip
Some Meals & Drinks, BBQ and Party

AWESOME GROUP LEADERS

Our tour leaders are what make us special. They'll be your best mate, dance partner, share all their local knowledge and work their bums off to show you the trip of a lifetime!

AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT

Some typical areas of employment include: Accounts, Banking, Au-Pair, Nanny, Childcare, Hospitality, Chef, Beauty, IT, Media, Office, Admin Jobs, Retail, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Teaching, Coaching Jobs. Please click here for more.

GREAT WAGES

Wages are typically between £10 (AU $18) and £16 (AU $30) an hour, so get out there and start earning! Especially you only pay 15% for taxes as a working holiday maker.

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

If you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Oz Gap Year programme with the visa included. Please click here to check your eligibility.

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