Working Holiday Visa
Working Holiday Visa allows people aged 18 to 30 years of age to come to Australia for a longer period of time for their holiday supplemented by short-term employment.
Many people find it difficult to cover their expenses when travelling to Australia. This is where this visa comes in handy. It gives you the work permit when you travel. Once you are granted, you can:
• enter Australia within 12 months of grant
• stay up to 12 months
• leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
• work in Australia for up to six months with each employer
• study for up to four months.
Speaking in more details, this visa is divided into 2 categories:
1) Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) ($270 AUD, May 2012):
For people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
2) Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) ($270 AUD, May 2012):
For applicants from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA on holiday and work visas in Australia.
Hence, you need to choose which one is suitable for you based on your nationality. Each one has different criteria and requirements that you have to fulfill. At the end of this article, we will also give you links to the pages that show you how to apply online and in paper.
On top of every thing, you have to keep in mind that:
• You are not allowed to work for the same employer more than 6 months.
• You must not study in Australia for longer than four months. Four months is interpreted as 17 weeks of actual study excluding holidays and orientation period.
Following are some common salaries. However, bear in mind that you can find yourself working with less salaries since the job market is really not stable right now and also depends on your experience and relationship. Some even work without paying taxes and therefore accept with less payment which makes it even harder to find a job.
• Engineering: $18 – $25 per hour (full time)
• Waiting tables: $15 – $25 per hour (casual)
• Fruit picking: $15 – $25 per hour (casual)
• Child care: $18 – $20 per hour (casual)
• Cashiers: $15 – $28 per hour (full time)
• Secretarial/administration: $15 – $30 per hour (full time)
Official Site for Working Holiday