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Working Holiday Age Raised to 35

Some welcomed news for working holiday travellers wishing to visit Australia to work and holiday. Applicants must be no more than 35 years of age at the time of application.

A Subclass 417 Working holiday visa is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.  Once in Australia, an individual is able to apply for a second working holiday visa assuming they meet the requirement of having completed work in regional area.

Currently the following list of countries are eligible for subclass 417 working holiday visa:


  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom.

A subclass 462 Work and Holiday shadows the 417 visa. Extension of this visa is also possible in some circumstances.

Currently the following list of countries are eligible for subclass 462 working holiday visa:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Happy holidaying!

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  • Guest
    Tina Friday, 30 June 2017

    Where does the source of the news come from?

  • Ruslan-Ahmadzai
    Ruslan-Ahmadzai Tuesday, 04 July 2017

    Hi Tina

    This is useful website which provides all of the legislative instruments.

  • Guest
    Jarek Friday, 30 June 2017

    Age limit will change only if this is met:
    Schedule 9 – Change to age limits for Working Holiday Maker Visas
    The eligible age for Subclass 417 Working Holiday will be amended to be:
    - aged at least 18 and no more than 35 years old. If an age younger than 35 is specified in an instrument for a specified passport, that younger age limit will be applied

    Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas:
    - the increase to the age limit of 35 years is only available for those countries where Australia has negotiated a similar bilateral age increase.

    These amendments apply to visa applications made on or after 1 July 2017.

  • Colin Soo
    Colin Soo Friday, 30 June 2017

    A correction needs to be made on this article - the age limit has not increased to 35 for all applicants. It will be for countries where there is a reciprocal agreement, so the applicant should check if the 35 age limit applies for their country of passport.

  • Ruslan-Ahmadzai
    Ruslan-Ahmadzai Tuesday, 04 July 2017

    Dear Colin,

    Thank you for your contribution to the blog. You have correctly identified that eligibility for this visa will vary depending on applicant's personal circumstances such as their passport. As such, I recommend seeking advice from an Agent before lodging a subclass 417/462 visa. The purpose of the blog post is to raise awareness that the age limit has been raised to 35. However, I really do appreciate your clarification as it will assist the readers I am sure! Feel free to touch base if you have any questions please.

  • Guest
    Mike Tuesday, 04 July 2017

    Hi, according to the department of immigration and border protection, the age increase hasn't been confirmed as if 04/07/17 3:35pm
    They do not know when or if this will be increased to 35

    If it does change it will be published on there website!

    Sorry, I'm hoping they change it too

  • Ruslan-Ahmadzai
    Ruslan-Ahmadzai Wednesday, 05 July 2017

    Hi Everyone,

    Just to keep you in the loop, the instrument which specified this announcement has been repealed on 2 July which means that we are reverting to previous working holiday arrangements. Below is a snippet of the instrument's history.

    Regulations as made
    This regulation amends the Migration Regulations 1994, the Australian Citizenship Regulation 2016, the Customs Regulation 2015 and the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Regulations 1998, to strengthen and update immigration, citizenship, and migration agents policy.
    Administered by: Immigration and Border Protection

    Made 27 Jun 2017
    Registered 29 Jun 2017
    Date of repeal 02 Jul 2017

    Please refer to this instrument which is currently enforce:

  • Guest
    Chris Wednesday, 05 July 2017

    so is the rec arrangement in place at this stage

  • Guest
    Luis Friday, 07 July 2017

    So the government will no longer make changes to the age of 35 for the working holiday visa?

  • Guest
    Nick Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    The regs have been updated to allow the maximum age to be 35, however the relevant instrument still stage that the upper age is 30 for each country. I'm assuming that the Australia government is just waiting for each reciprocal country to update their age to 35 for the age increase to come into affect. Is my assumption correct?

  • Guest
    Jason lavin Saturday, 22 July 2017

    Hi I' just turned 35 on the 17 July do u still qualify for the visa for 35 or what visa could I get i have a place to live and have work

  • Guest
    Katie Babb Sunday, 23 July 2017

    Does anyone have an update on the 417 age increase?

  • Guest
    Alandlusi Friday, 28 July 2017

    Hi thank you for this important article, i'm 35 years and 10 month. Do i still can apply for the 417 visa? thanks for your answer.

  • Guest
    Alandlusi Friday, 28 July 2017

    I'm from Belgium and i have a tourist visa for 3 moth already!

  • Guest
    laura Monday, 07 August 2017

    HI Alandlusi, I'm from Belgium too and 33 I was wondering if it would be ok for me to go in australia. Thank you

  • Guest
    Alandlusi Monday, 07 August 2017

    Hi Laura, sure you can go to Australia as you like, where are you living in Belgium?
    I am from Antwerpen!

  • Guest
    Laura Wednesday, 09 August 2017

    Ho really? I mean for the 417 visa? I cant find nothing clear about it... where did you get the legal informations in Belgium ? This news could change m'y Life!!! Thank you so much :D ! I'm from wallonia in Belgium ;)

  • Guest
    Paul Eastwood Monday, 31 July 2017

    No change as of today.

    Is this likely to happen this year or not now? Not looking good....

  • Guest
    Pilou Thursday, 03 August 2017

    Hi Everyone, i'm coming from France and i'm up to 30 Yo. I've heard about the new law that considering the WHV up to 35. I'm really interested to come in Australia to work but in France we have no news about this law, so does anybody can help me about the situation... i'm thinking about taking a touristic visa while the law is considering... is it a good solution ?

  • Guest
    Brent Thursday, 10 August 2017

    If you're 30 you can still apply for the current WHV. It's up to 30 inclusive. Do it better you're 31 and you'll be fine. Read the website!

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