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.
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: http://www.border.gov.au/visas/Pages/462-Work-and-Holiday.aspx
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.
- completed form 1208 Application for a Work and Holiday visa (pdf)– DIBP website
Make sure that you answer all questions and that you correctly complete the credit card authorisation form.
- Application charge. This is a processing charge and cannot be refunded irrespective of the outcome of your application.
Visa Application Charges
- a clear (uncertified) copy of the bio-data page of your valid passport
- evidence of sufficient funds (about AUD 5,000, equivalent of approx.. EUR 3,300) to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday (your recent bank statements)
- evidence that you meet the educational requirement (you must hold a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed at least two years of undergraduate university studies)
- evidence that you have functional English (results of an IELTS, TOEFL or Occupational English test taken in the past twelve months) – for further information please see:
http://www.border.gov.au/visas/Pages/462-Work-and-Holiday.aspx (functional English)
- a letter of support from your home government:
Polish clients: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Portuguese clients: Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Note - You do not need to submit an English translation of this letter in the Portuguese language. It is sufficient to provide a copy of the original letter from the Foreign Ministry.
Spanish clients: Secretariat General for Immigration and Emigration, Ministry of Employment
Slovenian clients: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Slovak clients: Ministry of Interior
- 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.