If you think a year might not be long enough to satisfy your Aussie wanderlust, there’s one really important consideration to factor into your equation: most people must complete three months of specified work while your first Working Holiday visa is still valid.
That work needs to be completed in a specified area of regional Australia, and it has to be paid in accordance with Australian legislation and awards. What does that mean? You’ll need pay slips and will contribute tax and superannuation payments. Informal work, such as cash-in-hand work, does not count as a second-year visa job.
The required work falls into six categories:
- Plant or animal cultivation, often called 'farm work'
- Tree farming and felling
- Fishing and pearling
- Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work
In total, you need to complete the equivalent of three months’ full-time work, or a total of 88 days. You can either do this in a single block – as a full-time or part-time worker – or in several shorter blocks. The main thing to remember is you can’t complete it in a shorter timeframe than three months (for example, working double shifts for six weeks). If you want to find out more about the types of jobs you can take on, where to find vacancies, and the specific geographical locations that are acceptable, you can read more here.