Work and holiday visa (subclass 462)
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: 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, 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.
- 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.
Note: DIBP Berlin no longer offers a counter service.