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Work and holiday visa (subclass 462)

Slovak Republic and Slovenia Work and Holiday arrangements commence

The new Work and Holiday visa arragements between Australia and the Slovak Republic and Australia and Slovenia commenced on 1 January 2016. These arrangements allow up to 200 young adults from the Slovak Republic and up to 200 young adults from Slovenia each year to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short term work and study. For further information on how to apply, please see below.

Spanish Work and Holiday programme 2015/ 16 closed as of 18 November 2015

As of 18 November 2015, the Berlin visa office received over 500 applications for the Spanish Work and Holiday programme. This means that the annual limit of 500 places has been reached and no further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2016.

Poland-Australia Work and Holiday Maker programme for 2015-16 closed

Due to very prompt and very high numbers of applications received for the 2015-16 Poland-Australia Work and Holiday programme, the programme is now closed. No further applications will be accepted this programme year. 

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.

  • For young nationals of countries with which Australia has a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement.

    Such an arrangement between Poland and Australia commenced on 1 August 2014.
    The two arrangements Australia signed with Portugal and Spain started on 23 November 2014.

For more detailed information including a list of other arrangement countries 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,  500 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.



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.
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