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Working Holiday Makers – Permission to Work Beyond 6 Months Has Been Extended!

Great news for Australian Working Holiday Visa Holders! The department has announced that they have extended the relaxation of condition 8547* until 30 June 2023.

This change allows Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) to work with any one employer for the duration of their visa without requesting permission, and any work that is carried out before 1 July 2023 will not be counted towards the 6-month limitation period. This means that from 1 July 2023 onwards, WHMs may work for any employer for up to an additional 6 months even if they worked for that same employer before 1 July 2023.

This new change will also allow employers to retain their working holiday maker staff until 30 June 2023.

* Condition 8547 means the holder must not be employed by any one employer for more than 6 months, without the prior permission in writing of the Secretary.

If you wish to learn more about the basic requirements of a working holiday visa and the eligible countries, please visit this page.

The working holiday visa is a good opportunity to gain relevant Australian work experience whilst proving to your employer your worth which may be a good springboard into an employer sponsored visa providing you with a more permanent stay in Australia.

There are two types of sponsorship visas: Subclass 482 and Subclass 186.

The TSS visa, or 482 visa, is a temporary visa that permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in a nominated occupation which is listed on the Short Skilled List or Medium Long Term Skilled List.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or Subclass 186 visa, is permanent residency visa for skilled workers which enables your employer to sponsor if they can prove a genuine need for an on-going permanent position.

A General Skilled Visa  , which is a points based independent visa, may also be a way of gaining Australian permanent residency as having Australian work experience will gain you greater points than overseas work experience.  To read more about the requirements, please see Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa) and Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa).

If you require assistance with exploring your different visa options and your eligibility, feel free to book a consultation with one of our expert Registered Migration Agents here.


Published Wed 11 January 2023.


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