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Australia relaxes Working Holiday relaxes Working Holiday rules for People from the UK

The Australia - UK Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA) came into force on 31 May 2023. As part of this Agreement, Australia and the UK have agree to put in place new arrangements under the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program.



New Arrangements


Under the new arrangements:

  • from 1 July 2023, UK passport holders can apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive. The upper age limit was previously 30 years old, so this is a welcome change for many UK passport holders.

  • from 1 July 2024, UK passport holders can be granted up to three separate Working Holiday visas without having to meet any specified work requirements.

The changes will apply to all Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa applications for UK passport holders lodged from the date of implementation. These changes only apply to UK passport holders.


From 1 July 2024, UK passport holders, including those already granted a subclass 417 visa, who are eligible to apply for a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa, will not have to meet any specified work requirements when applying for a second and third visa.


UK passport holders can choose to apply for a working holiday visa at any time while they meet the eligible age requirements. They do not need to stay in Australia for three years in a row. UK applicants can lodge applications for second and third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas in or outside Australia.


Do you require further assistance


If you have further questions about the above, or have any other immigration related query, please get in touch with our experienced team. Contact us by email at hello@canberramigrationservices.com.au or by phone at +614517572873.


This article does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up to date information.

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