Visit and work

Visit Australia for work

If you want to visit Australia and work at the same time, you can

  • Take a working holiday in Australia
  • Work in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident

To work in Australia, you must have a valid visa with work rights.

Take a working holiday in Australia

A working holiday visa allows you to work while you have a holiday in Australia. You will have the opportunity to share your culture, knowledge and skills whilst discovering our unique landscape.

Working holiday visa options

You may be eligible to apply for a working holiday visa if you:

  • Want to work and holiday in Australia for up to a year
  • Are a young person (18 to 30 years old)
  • Hold a valid passport from an eligible country
  • Have enough money to:
    • Support yourself in Australia on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)
    • Buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay
  • Do not have a dependent child staying with you during your time in Australia

Scenario 1

You want to take working holiday in Australia and you:

  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa or a Working Holiday (Temporary) (subclass 417 visa unless you carried out specified work in regional Australia for at least three months as the holder of a Working Holiday visa)

  • Hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia

  • Have a reasonable prospect of obtaining employment in Australia

Visa option: Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa

You have the option to apply for a second working holiday visa to extend your stay in Australia if you have carried out specified work in regional Australia for a total period of at least 3 months as the holder of a working holiday visa.

See: Working Holiday visa

Scenario 2

  • You want to work and holiday in Australia and you:

  • Are outside Australia and have not previously been in Australia on a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) or a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa

  • Meet educational requirements

  • Speak at least functional English

  • Have a letter of support from your government (excluding applicants from the USA) and your government has a Work and Holiday arrangement with Australia

Visa option: Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa

See: Work and Holiday visa

Attend conferences while visiting

If you would like to come to Australia for the purposes of attending conferences and events you may be eligible for a visitor visa. For more information, see Conferences and Events

Work in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident

If you like the idea of looking for a career challenge in Australia - take the next step to find out more about Australia's skilled working visas.

Work visas

You may be interested in applying for a skilled working visa if you:

  • Want to work in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident, or
  • Want to work in Australia but do not meet the working holiday eligibility requirements

See: Working in Australia

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