Visas for Australia
Working Holiday Visa
If you would like to obtain paid work in Australia you will need to organise an Australian Working Holiday Visa prior to your departure. This visa enables you to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.
We strongly recommend you apply for your visa at least 4 weeks prior to departure.
To apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa you will need:
• To have a passport from an eligible country*
• To be 18 – 30 years old when you apply for your visa
• To apply for your visa at least 4 weeks prior to your departure
• To be outside Australia when you apply for your visa
• A passport that is valid for 6 months after your planned return date
• At least one clean page in your passport
• Evidence of having access to AUD$5000 (around £2500-£3000) upon arrival in Australia e.g. bank statement**
• An onward or return airline ticket, or additional funds to purchase an outbound flight.
• The current cost is AUD$635 (around £325)
Applying for your Working Holiday Visa
You can apply for your Working Holiday Visa via the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website at:
Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) (homeaffairs.gov.au)
If you hold a US passport you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 462) via this link:
Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) (homeaffairs.gov.au)
*The Australian Department of Immigration website specifies the citizens of which countries are eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa.
**The amount of money which you are required to demonstrate upon entering Australia on a Working Holiday Visa changes from time to time. Please check the Australian Immigration website for the current figure.
Australian eVisitor Visa
If you do not intend to obtain paid work in Australia you can apply for an eVisitor Tourist Visa.
If you hold a citizen passport issued by one of the countries or regions listed below, you can apply for an eVisitor through a travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia. If you hold a non-citizen passport or other travel document, such as a Certificate of Identity, you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor.
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- Republic of San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom – British Citizen
- Vatican City
Australian ETA Visa
If you do not intend to obtain paid work in Australia and do not hold a citizen passport issued by one of the countries or regions listed above you can obtain a ETA Tourist Visa. You can apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia.
Immigration regulations state that to enter Australia you require a minimum of one blank page in your passport. Airlines no longer take the risk of carrying passengers whose paperwork is not absolutely in order because of the risk of being fined if the passenger is turned away at immigration. The airline is also responsible for flying the passenger home again.