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The Working Holiday Visa Program for Australia

By Edited Sep 30, 2016 1 1

Australia is a huge country and seeing it all would take months, if not years. Unfortunately it's also a pretty pricey place and the average young traveller would have a hard time affording to stay for very long. Working abroad in Australia allows travellers to see more at a slower pace while earning money to continue travelling.

That's where the Working Holiday program comes into play. This special visa allows young people between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) to travel to Australia with the ability to work for up to 12 months. It is also possible to stay for an additional 12 months if you are willing to work in rural Australia for at least three months. At a cost of AUD$230 the visas are affordable and allow you to leave and re-enter Australia any number of times and also allow up to four months of study.

The Working Holiday visa program has been adopted by a large number of nations and citizens of any of these countries are eligible to come to Australia to work: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. There is also a similar visa called the Work and Holiday visa that allows young people from Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States to work in Australia for 12 months with similar conditions. The most common nationalities that head to Australia on a Working Holiday visa are Brits, Canadians, Irish, Dutch, German and more and more Americans are coming each year.

The visa program is operated on a reciprocal basis so that young Australians have a huge selection of countries to choose from if they decide that want to work overseas. The more countries that get added to the program, the more places Ausses can work in in the future.

Working in a foreign country is a great way to really get under the skin of a place, make local friends, meet other travellers and build long-term friendships and to see areas of the country you might not have otherwise stopped in. My time in picking fruit in Australia was one of my best travel experiences even though it was some of the hardest work I have ever had to do. Or if you prefer city life, living in Sydney or one of Australia's major cities is just as rewarding.

Check out Australia's Working Holiday program and go exploring down under. You won't regret it.



Aug 28, 2009 1:15am
The working holiday visa is a great one. My only criticism is the age limit!
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