Have you ever wondered what life is like on the other side of the world, in Australia? If that’s the case, you should pack up your stuff, get a Working Holiday Visa and jump on a plane down under…because why not? I may be slightly bias, but doing just that 3 years ago was one of the best decisions of my life.
Australian Working Holiday Visa for UK Citizens
Being from the UK or other eligible countries; you would be looking at the Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417.
This Visa allows you to:
- Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
- Work anywhere in Australia for up to 6 months with each employer
- Study for up to 4 months
- Leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want while it’s valid
(If you are from the USA, you will find great information on your version of the Working Holiday Visa written by Chris over at backpackerbanter.com)
Who Can Apply?
- Are aged between 18 and 30
- Have enough money when you arrive in Australia (around $5000AUD)
- Have a valid passport with at least 6 months renewal
- Will not be with a dependant child when you are in Australia
- Have no substantial criminal records
Do you tick all the boxes?
How To Apply?
We’re lucky these days to be able to do almost anything online. And that includes applying for your Australian Working Holiday Visa!
Use this link to direct you to this visa information on the official Australian Government website.
The current price for an Australian Working Holiday Visa is $440AUD or roughly £260 depending on exchange rates and bank charges. Which isn’t much considering when you get a job in Australia you’ll most likely be earning a minimum of $20-$25 per hour (double the minimum wage in the UK!) You’ll earn that back in no time…all whilst having the time of your life!
What If You Want To Stay Longer Than A Year?
- You can apply for a Second Year Visa if you complete 3 months of agriculture, tourism and/or hospitality work in certain parts of Australia: more information here.
- There are also opportunities to extend your visa if you get sponsored by your Australian employer for being awesome at your job.
Why I Love Australia & Why You Will Too
I fell in love with the Aussie lifestyle as soon as I arrived on the Gold Coast back in 2013, and have been very lucky to have travelled around the country. I personally feel like there are more opportunities to develop and grow as a person in Australia than there are in the UK. You might notice the same…but you’ll never know if you never go.
Imagine experiencing all the places you’ve heard so much about or seen on your Instagram feed, they really do exist! You could find yourself drinking the ‘worlds best coffee’ in Melbourne (debatable), enjoying sunshine every day in Queensland or travelling up the east coast of Australia in a campervan. You might even fall in love with an Aussie 😉
If you decide to go to Oz, I’m sure you will love it. And if you’re on the fence about going, check out World Nomads – they can help you get organised with work, accommodation, etc for your Work and Travel experience. And book all of your Aussie adventures here.
**Update: I have finally been granted my Defacto Partner Visa for Australia and can now return as a semi-permanent resident with Sandy..Happy days!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the Australian immigration, I just enjoy sharing something that feel passionate about. All information in this post is correct at the time of writing, however, visa regulations and prices change frequently. For the most up to date information refer to the Australia Immigration site.
Have you done a Working Holiday Visa in Australia before? Did you find this information useful? Leave a comment below…
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