I have a Working Holiday Maker visa

Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas cannot be extended. But, if you have completed three or six months of ‘specified work’ in Australia, you may be able to apply for a second or third WHM visa.

See specified work conditions for more information.

Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) can now count critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors undertaken anywhere in Australia after 31 January 2020 as ‘specified work’ to apply for a 2nd or 3rd WHM visa. For further information see latest news.

If you are not eligible for a second or third WHM visa and you are not working in a critical sector for COVID-19, you should apply for another visa. This will allow you to remain lawful until you are able to return to your home country. Agriculture, food processing, healthcare and medical, aged and disability care and childcare are critical sectors for COVID-19.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a Visitor visa (subclass 600).

To be granted a new visa, you must meet the requirements for that visa, including any age limits, English language, health and character requirements.

Applying for a second or third WHM visa

You may be eligible for a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on the Department’s website:

You must apply for a new visa before your current visa expires. You may be able to be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful until a decision is made on your visa application.

Visa condition 8547 — six month work limitation with one employer

Working holiday makers can do any kind of work during their stay in Australia, but this is generally limited to six months’ work with any one employer, unless the Department has given permission to work with the same employer for longer than six months.

Working holiday makers working in critical sectors, including agriculture, food processing, healthcare and medical, aged care, disability care and child care have permission from the Department to work for the same employer for longer than six months.

I work in a critical sector

Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) can now count critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors undertaken anywhere in Australia after 31 January 2020 as ‘specified work’ to apply for a 2nd or 3rd WHM visa. For further information see latest news.

Working holiday makers employed in these critical sectors who aren’t eligible for a second or third WHM visa, and cannot return to their home country, can apply for a Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Agreement Event stream (COVID-19 Pandemic event visa). There will be no visa application charge.

This visa will allow you to remain in Australia, and continue working, until you can return to your home country.

See specified work conditions for more information.

Visa holders experiencing financial difficulties

If you are unable to support yourself, you should make arrangements to return home.

COVID-19 Pandemic event visa

If your WHM visa is expiring, you are not working in a critical sector, you are unable to return home because of travel restrictions and you can’t meet the requirements for another visa, you may still be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa. You’ll need to demonstrate why you can’t meet the requirements for another visa. This could include a statement and evidence that you do not have access to sufficient funds to be able to pay another visa application charge (VAC).