Working Holidays Overseas for Australians

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The Working Holiday Maker program encourages cultural exchange by allowing young adults (aged 18-30 years) from partner countries, to have an extended holiday in Australia, and young Australians to have holidays in partner countries. During these holidays they may engage in short term work or study.

Australia has Working Holiday Maker arrangements with a number of countries and regions. These reciprocal arrangements are negotiated bilaterally to provide Australian citizens the same opportunities overseas that are enjoyed by Working Holiday Makers visiting Australia. These visas may have different names in some countries.

Australia's Working Holiday Maker program is comprised of the Working Holiday arrangements and the Work and Holiday arrangements. Both allow 12 months stay. Work and Holiday applicants, including Australians wanting to travel overseas under the program to Work and Holiday partner countries, are required to meet additional eligibility criteria.

The Australian Government is currently negotiating Working Holiday Maker arrangements with a number of countries. Details of any new arrangements will not be disclosed until an agreement is reached. Information about new arrangements will be published on the department's website.
See: Working Holiday - What's New

What the arrangements allow you to do

Generally each country allows you to:

  • stay in the arrangement country for 12 months
  • work for a limited time to supplement your travel funds
  • study or train for a short period of time.

Partner Countries

Below is a list of countries and regions that participate in the Working Holiday Maker program.

Countries with Working Holiday visa arrangements:


  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus, Republic of
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
  • Ireland, Republic of
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Countries with Work and Holiday visa arrangements:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

As each arrangement has been negotiated individually, visa criteria and the application process vary between countries. For specific information on Australia's Working Holiday Maker arrangements with other countries, you will need to contact that country's embassy or high commission.
See: Working Holiday Maker Program Partner Country Contact Information

A list of foreign embassies and high commissions in Australia is also available on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
See: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Eligibility

Basic eligibility requirements for Working Holidays and Work and Holidays, are that you must:

  • hold an Australian passport
  • meet health and character requirements
  • be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • have no dependent children accompanying you
  • have a return ticket, or sufficient funds for a return or onward fare
  • have sufficient funds for the first part of the holiday.

Work and Holidays in the USA

If you want to travel to the USA under Work and Holiday arrangements, you are required to be sponsored by a registered sponsoring organisation. There is a list of sponsoring organisations on the US Department of State website.
See: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

You must also meet one of the following:

  • be enrolled as a post-secondary student
  • be enrolled as a post-secondary student and have deferred study
  • have graduated within the last 12 months from a post-secondary institution.

Eligibility for Work and Holidays

If you want to travel to Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay under Work and Holiday arrangements, there are additional eligibility requirements. These include, but are not limited to:

  • a letter of approval from the Australian Government supporting the application
  • tertiary education (individual countries have specific requirements)
  • basic Spanish if travelling to Chile, Argentina or Uruguay  
  • basic Bahasa if travelling to Indonesia
  • a police check and medical certificate of good health if travelling to Malaysia.
    See:
    AFP National Police Check
    Work and Holiday Visa (High Commission of Malaysia)

Letter of government support

The letter of government support for Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay is issued by the ACT and Regions Office in Canberra. You are required to provide:

  • certified copy of a valid passport
  • certified copy of one other form of identification with current residential address
    Example: Telephone account
  • certified copies of the applicant's tertiary qualifications, a letter from the university confirming the level of study, or originals of academic transcripts.

You are able to provide this information by email, post or in person to the ACT and Regions Office.
See: ACT and Regions Office
Email: act.specialistentry@immi.gov.au

Further information

Further information is available for many of the countries listed on the department's website.
See: Working Holiday Maker Program Partner Country Contact Information

Last reviewed Tuesday 19 November 2013

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