Australia Extends Work Rights Exemption for Working Holiday Makers

The Australian government has decided to continue the previous exemption process relating to visa condition 8547, while consultation on the Working Holiday program settings and reform process is underway, in line with the recently published Migration Strategy.

From January 1, 2024, Working Holiday Makers can work for the same employer in Australia for more than six months without asking permission if the work is:

  • in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months;
  • in plant and animal cultivation anywhere in Australia;
  • in certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction and mining, in northern Australia only;
  • natural disaster recovery work;
  • in critical sectors, including agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care and childcare, anywhere in Australia;
  • in the critical sector of tourism and hospitality anywhere in Australia.

For any other situations not covered above, Working Holiday Makers must request for permission to work longer than six months with one employer.

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