Changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa to assist in COVID-19 Tourism and Trade Recovery

The Australian Government and the Department of Home Affairs have made several changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa to promote post-COVID-19 recovery in the tourism and trade sectors. The following changes have been announced:

  • Italy and Denmark – from 1 July 2022 age limit increase from 30 to 35 years
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    Italy and Denmark – from 1 July 2022 age limit increase from 30 to 35 years

  • Additional places – 1,400 places will be added to the visa caps for Hungary, Austria, and the Slovak Republic
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    Additional places – 1,400 places will be added to the visa caps for Hungary, Austria, and the Slovak Republic

    Hungary and Austria – cap increase from 200 to 500 places

    Slovak Republic – cap increase from 200 to 1000 places

    Hungary and Austria – cap increase from 200 to 500 places

    Slovak Republic – cap increase from 200 to 1000 places

  • New reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements with Mongolia and Brazil
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    New reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements with Mongolia and Brazil

    Mongolia – new arrangement with 100 places

    Brazil – new arrangement with 500 places

    Mongolia – new arrangement with 100 places

    Brazil – new arrangement with 500 places

Italy and Denmark: Age Limit Increase

From 1 July 2022, the age limit will increase from 30 to 35 years of age for Italian and Danish citizens. Australia also benefits from this in a reciprocal arrangement, where Australian citizens can apply for working holiday visas in Italy and Denmark up to the age of 35.This has previously been announced for the United Kingdom. It will provide Australia with additional international workers to address labour shortages.

Hungary, Austria and the Slovak Republic: Cap Increases

For 2022-2023, a 30% increase in places available to nationals from Hungary, Austria and the Slovak Republic will be introduced. In addition, 1,400 more places will be available each year for citizens of Hungary, Austria, and the Slovak Republic on a Working Holiday Maker visa. This is a reciprocal arrangement and therefore also applies to Australian citizens travelling to those countries.

Brazil and Mongolia: New Reciprocal Arrangements

Australia recently signed two new agreements with Brazil and Mongolia to facilitate reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements. This will assist all countries involved to re-build their economies following COVID-19 and it also expands the number of countries that are participants in the Work and Holiday Maker Program to 47 in total.

Australia’s Work and Holiday Maker Program is a popular visa arrangement for international workers and travellers. Due to COVID-19 there has been a significant reduction in Work and Holiday Visa Holders because of border closures and restrictions. Since 22 November 2021, the reopening of Australia’s borders has reignited the Work and Holiday Maker Program and 51,000 working holiday maker visas have been granted and over 14,000 working holiday makers have arrived in Australia.

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