Working Holiday Advice
The majority of the Welcome to Travel team have done what you’re doing, decided to go on a working holiday! It’s exciting, it’s nerve-wracking and all in all, it’s a big decision!
Our years of experience as travellers, and helping other travellers means we’re able to give you the best advice around. We hope our videos, blogs and answers to your FAQ help you with your dream trip!
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Questions About A Working Holiday in Australia
Yes! Because Australia is a safe country and with so many incredible places to visit, it’s very popular with solo travellers. Our tours are perfect for solo travellers as they’re a great way to meet people and become comfortable with Australia.
Any time! Australia is so big that it is always warm somewhere. The official Summer is Dec-Feb but down South (Melbourne and Sydney) it is generally good weather from Oct-Mar. Although it gets cooler after that, the North of Australia is always warm. When it’s summer down South, the North has it’s wet season, meaning when it’s winter down South, it’s actually the dry season up North, and that’s why we say any time!
Yes you do! If you’re coming here just as a tourist to visit Australia, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.
If you’re coming here to work while you’re on holiday, you’ll need either a Working Holiday Visa (417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (462), depending on which country you’re from.
You can find more information and a list of the various visas here.
We recommend organising this as soon as possible.
The application can be completed through your travel agent, or directly through the same Australian Government website as above. We always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.
This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what you are wanting to experience here in Australia.
According to the Australian Government, you need $5,000AUD in your bank account on arrival if you’re coming on a Working Holiday visa. This is a good savings target if you are wanting to either travel for a month or set yourself up for working and living in Australia after the Welcome To Travel week.
However, everybody is different and to give yourself the best chance of experiencing as many things as possible in Australia, we would recommend just saving up as much as possible before you come travelling.
This is basically a personal identity number created for you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is required if you want to work in Australia, so that you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one.
You will provide this number to each employer you have while you are in Australia and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.
If you’re travelling as a tourist for just a few weeks, you don’t need one – a pre-loaded travel cash card will work just fine!
If you’re here for a longer period of time (for example, on a Working Holiday Visa) then it’s highly recommended to open an Australian bank account. Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees, but employers will only pay wages into an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will organise for you on our tours.
Medicare is Australia’s health care scheme, which allows Australians and some overseas visitors to access certain health services at little or no cost. Only a handful of countries are eligible to apply for Medicare in Australia, including:
Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom
Click HERE to see details for eligibility and details for enrolment, such as what documents you will need to bring to service centres. If you are joining one of our tours then we will also explain this in more detail when you arrive and point you in the right direction.
With our help, that’s how!
Both our Welcome tours (Melbourne and Sydney) and Mini Packs (Melbourne and Sydney) include extensive work help where you will receive exclusive tips, resources and guidance towards finding a job and farm work in Australia.
We will provide you with all of the basic information needed to get started, and give you access to our huge database of employers and contacts in sectors such as hospitality, retail, construction, sales and marketing and many more. This is all before having a 1-on-1 meeting with us, where we go over how we can specifically help you find work.
We also send out a weekly update email that highlights the most recent job and farm work opportunities we come across.
No! However if you are on a working holiday visa (417) and want to extend your visa to a 2nd or even a 3rd year, then you would need to do some specified work, often farm work/rural work. All the necessary specifications are here on the government website.
If you are on a Working Holiday Visa (417) or Work and Holiday Visa (462) then you need to complete at least 3 months of specified work in a specific area of Australia to earn a 2nd year visa.
If you are on a Working Holiday Visa (417) or Work and Holiday Visa (462) then you need to complete at least 6 months of specified work in a specific area of Australia to earn a 3rd year visa.
The specified work differs between 417 and 462 visas. 462 visa holders have the additional sector of tourism and hospitality (in northern Australia only) added to the specified work list.
Yes, we have a huge database of contacts for 2nd and 3rd year visa work. This is something we specialise in.
Superannuation is Australia’s pension system by which an employer must pay a compulsory minimum 9.5% of your wages (in addition to) to your nominated Superannuation fund if you earn over $450 a month.
Employers must pay this at least quarterly.
Upon leaving Australia, and when your visa is no longer active, you are able to apply for your Superannuation to be paid out to you. For working holiday makers (people on a 417 or 462 visa), the government will tax this withdrawal at a rate of 65%. Information about this is here.
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