You have to love Australia. It’s hard not to…and you might have already gone there on a working holiday visa but that year went so fast (or is going so fast) that you need and want another year. You’ve come to the right page. Here’s a full guide on how to get a second Australian Working Holiday Visa to be the sequel to my post on getting your first Australian Working Holiday Visa.
Right, first of all you will need to have already had your first Australian Working Holiday Visa issued and either in use, or used. So you’ll be in one of these situations:
1. Currently living and working in Australia on your first Working Holiday Visa
2. Currently in Australia on a tourist visa having already done your first Working Holiday Visa
3. Currently outside Australia but have done your first Working Holiday Visa
OK and all three situations are fine to apply, but there are a number of rules, guidelines and catches to follow in order to get things right. It takes a bit of time and thinking. I pondered over this for a long time during my first Australian Working Holiday Visa, before deciding I would be option 3. There are 2 reasons why this is best:
1. If you apply for your second working holiday visa while you are in Australia and are successful, it just continues from the last day of your first year, so you are stuck there and cannot travel in between (well you can, but it uses up your days). I met a few others that did this and they regretted spending 2 bulk years based in one country – even a 2 week holiday to New Zealand, Indonesia or Fiji cuts into your time, so think about it.
2. If you apply for your second working holiday visa while you are outside Australia and are successful you have a year to activate it from the date you get the e-mail, giving you more freedom. (I was in South Africa when I applied and I wanted the freedom).
Now once you know all that and have made your choice you have to also have completed a MINIMUM 88 days of Harvest or Labour Work. As with my application for my First Australian Working Holiday I did it all myself and all online on the OFFICIAL Australian Government Website. Here’s the link:
So it will always be cheaper and better to do these things yourself through the official channel. I met travellers who had paid agencies to get their visas for them and they were completely ripped off and completely oblivious to the fact that they were ripped off!
Here are the requirements as listed word for word on the Australian Government website, if you are a day before your 31st birthday it is still OK to apply by the way!:
To Get Your SECOND Australian Working Holiday Visa, you must:
- have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday (417) visa (there is no requirement to do further specified work on the second visa)
- not have previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (462) visa
- be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) at the time of applying, however, you may be aged over 30 years of age at the time your visa is granted
- be applying no more than 12 months before you intend to travel to Australia, if applying from outside Australia
- will not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
Note: A dependent child is the child, or step-child, of you or your partner who:
- is not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship
- has not turned 18.
So once you have done your 88 days or 3 months of specified work then you will need to get proof from your employer and also their ABN – Australian Business Number. This is all simple stuff. Just ask your boss for their ABN and a signed sheet to say you did the minimum number of days. In the end I didn’t need to submit the signed sheet but you might be asked for it as they are getting more strict and checking these things more and more.
How to Fake Your Way to a Second Aussie WHV (the slackers/lazy people’s way!)
If you haven’t done your 88 days or 3 months of specified work then you have two options (I don’t recommend this by the way and I’m a grafter – I do things by the book mostly as it gives me personal satisfaction. I worked hard to get my second year visa and did it the proper way) But if you’re a lazy person or a slacker here’s what to do:
1. Pretend you did the 88 days of specified work and pay a farmer to sign you off and give you an ABN.
2. Just wing it, fill in the forms with an ABN of a company that offers specified work. And hope they don’t phone them and ask!
You’re chancing your arm with these two options but I must admit I met LOTS of travellers who did that. I just feel they are not real travellers and not real hard workers, they cheated their way to a second year visa, they’re lazy and they’re slackers. I did it the proper “backpackers way” and I’m proud of my 5 months of farming work (yes, I did 5 months in the end instead of just the 3 as I loved it!).
What is Specified Work in Regional Australia?
You won’t get it working in a Casino in Melbourne or a Bar in Sydney that’s for sure!! Here is their page on Specified Work: Specified Work – basically worked away from cities, working in the outback, working on farms etc. Just do it – you’ll love the experience of it all and meet some great people!
What happens if I only did 87 days of Specified Work?
If I were you and you only did 87 days, I’d say you deserve your visa, so get the farmer to sign you off for 88 days. Round it up. My official figure was 105 days in the end over a 5 month period. I remember on the 88th day having a beer for the first time in 6 weeks to celebrate!
How much does the SECOND Australian Working Holiday Visa Cost?
Ok they have made some important changes as of March 2013, so this post is fairly up to date and here is the latest PDF guidelines: Getting a 2nd Aussie WHV.
The current fee is a whopping $365 Australian Dollars! Sorry folks but that’s the current price. When I got mine back in 2010 it was about half that price so it has really gone up dramatically. Don’t let the price put you off though – you will earn your $365 back in your first few days of work!
Final Bit of Advice and my top 5 Tips on how to get a SECOND Australian Working Holiday Visa:
1. Do it properly and do your 88 days of farming – you will LOVE it.
2. Apply online on the official website and NOT through an agency.
3. Leave Australia the day your first Working Holiday ends – even if it’s just to New Zealand and apply online – you’ll get a full year to activate ANY time you want within the next year, rather than have it continue from your first year.
4. Don’t forget to check all the details – the ABN of your company, the signed document from the company, your age when you apply (30 years and 364 days old is the maximum age and remember Australia is a different time zone).
5. DO IT. Australia is a fantastic country with amazing sights and great people. There is an abundance of work out there and it is all very well paid. I managed to backpack my way to Antarctica and Machu Picchu on the strength of working hard in Australia. Live your travel dreams my friends…