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work and holiday

Work and holiday visa (subclass 462)

General Information

This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year, during which time they can also undertake short-term work and study.

Passport holders of the following countries are eligible for the programme:






For more detailed information on the programme see:  Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) – DIBP website

English Language Requirement

Applicants for the Work and Holiday Maker (subclass 462) visa are advised that they must provide evidence of functional English language capability at the time they submit their application. Failure to provide these results with your application may result in refusal of your visa application.

More information on what constitutes functional English can be found at:

Visa limits
There is an annual limit to the number of Work and Holiday visas issued to each country. No applications will be approved once this limit is reached.

  • For Polish citizens, 200 Work and Holiday visas are available each program year (1 July to 30 June).

  • For Portuguese citizens, 200 Work and Holiday visas are available each programme year;

  • For Spanish citizens,  600 Work and Holiday visas are available each programme year;

  • For Slovenian citizens, 200 Work and Holiday visas are available each programme year;

  • For Slovak citizens, 200 Work and Holiday visas are available each programme year.


  • Spanish Work and Holiday programme closure
    Berlin Office has now received well over 600 applications for the Work and Holiday visa programme with Spain. We are officially closign the Spanish programme to new applications. Any applications received from 1 August 2016 will be returned.
    For those who have already submitted applications, we ask for your patience as we work through the high volumes on hand.
  • The Polish Work and Holiday programme for 2016/ 17 closed as of 11 July 2016:
  • As of 11 July 2016, the Berlin visa office received over 200 applications for the Polish Work and Holiday programme. This means that the annual limit of 200 places has been reached and no further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2017.
  • Please note that Berlin post is currently working on the Polish Work and Holiday applications.  Due to the high volume of applications you may not receive advice about your application immediately.  We appreciate your understanding during this period.

How do I apply? Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovenian and Slovakian clients

You should lodge your application at the Berlin office. The following information will assist your application.

Please provide:

  • Health requirements
    Please refer to the Health requirement to see if your country of origin or residence and the nature/ duration of your visit require you to undergo any health clearance formalities.
    Health Requirements - DIBP website

Where do I apply

Please mail your application to the Visa Office of the Australian Embassy Berlin.
Contact details

Note:  DIBP Berlin no longer offers a counter service.