Planning a gap year in Australia? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Whether you’re considering Australia for a gap year, career break or overseas study, there’s never been a better time to experience this unique part of the world. You’ll have the chance to discover stunning destinations, learn new skills, make lasting friendships and leave with incredible memories.
Can I work legally in Australia?
If you intend to work while you are on holiday in Australia, you must apply for the correct visa before you arrive. The Australian Government has strict laws regarding employment of non-citizens and penalties for breaking the law. This applies to all types of full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on the types of visas that legally allow visitors to obtain employment while in Australia.
What is a Working Holiday Maker visa?
Australia offers a Working Holiday Maker program that allows young adults from participating countries to have an extended holiday in Australia and earn money through short-term employment. There are two types of Working Holiday Maker visas: Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462). The visa you should apply for depends on your country of residence. These types of visas allow you to stay and work in Australia for up to 12 months.
Currently Indian residents are not eligible to apply for the working holiday visa. However, the Australian government is regularly negotiating agreements with other countries to join the program. Continue to check with the Department of Home Affairs for updates to the list of eligble countries.
Which nationalities can apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa?
There are currently two types of Working Holiday visas. The following countries are eligible to apply for the visa subclass as laid out below:
Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)
For visitors holding passports from Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA and Vietnam.
Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)
For visitors holding passports from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.
Are there any other options to work in Australia, such as being sponsored?
There may be options if you wish to stay temporarily or permanently in Australia for work. Explore visa options for working in Australia.
Can I volunteer in Australia?
Volunteering is a great way to get involved with a local community and deepen your Australian experience. WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) place travellers on organic farms, where farmers provide flexible jobs in exchange for accommodation and meals. Expect to work half a day for a full day’s board. This model applies to a huge variety of other volunteer roles, from rescuing turtles in Cape York to organising arts festivals in Arnhem Land. You could also sign up as a Conservation Volunteer and work as part of a team to help preserve precious Australian eco-systems. Your meals, accommodation and travel to and from the project are provided. There are also lots of global organisations offering volunteer research expeditions and volunteer holidays in Australia.