The World’s Most Desirable Working Holiday Destination
The Working Holiday Maker program allows young adults, aged 18-30, from eligible partner countries to work in Australia while having an extended holiday.
Working holiday makers can gain the experience and skills needed to develop a successful career back home after their working holiday.
They can also choose to extend their stay in Australia if they’re eligible through the Second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa or the Second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa.
Soon, a third-year visa will be available for working holidaymakers who carry out six months of specified work in a regional area while on their second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. The work has to commence after 1 July 2019. Eligible types of work and regional areas will correspond with the requirements for the second visa.
Reasons Australia is the Perfect Working Holiday Destination
The Weather is Sublime
You probably know this already but the weather in Australia is always fantastic. In places like Sydney, the temperature rarely drops below about 50 degrees and that’s in peak winter. The eternal sunshine means there is ample opportunity to be outside and to explore Australia’s natural beauty.
You Can Work Outside
One of the best things about working in Australia is the chance to escape office life for a bit. There are a plethora of farm jobs available for backpackers if you can handle a bit of manual labor. If you’re sick of staring at a computer screen then this is a refreshing break.
It’s Really Easy to Get a Working Holiday Visa
The process of getting a working holiday visa for Australia is really simple. You will need to pay an application fee of around USD $350 and you will need to prove that you have at least USD $4000 in available funds before you go out there. If you’re planning on going to Australia then you should have at least that much in your savings because it is expensive out there. There are very few eligibility criteria for Australia’s working holiday visa, other than that you have to be aged between 18 and 30. Tick that box and its smooth sailing from there. It’s not uncommon to have your visa approved within a few hours.
Minimum Wage is AUD $17.70
That equates to about USD $14 per hour. That’s more than you’ll earn in most states back home! This makes it easy to earn good money while you’re working in Australia so you won’t need to live in a tent eating nothing but ramen. Even bartenders can make a killing out there. Young people on working holidays in Australia can generally enjoy a pretty good quality of life.
Everyone Speaks English
This one might seem obvious but it is actually more important than you might originally think. Having worked in countries where the national language is not English I can tell you, it is hard. Making friends is hard, ordering food is hard and getting a cab is hard.
Australia Has Some of the Most Livable Cities in the World
Melbourne, Perth and Sydney are constantly at the top of the ‘world’s most livable cities’ lists. And, let’s be honest, it’s not hard to see why. People who live here not only enjoy a pretty sweet work-life balance, but they get gorgeous beaches, great weather and an amazing culinary scene all on their doorstep.
People are Fun
Australians have a reputation for being fun-loving and friendly. This makes it really easy to make friends and even life-long friends who you will stay in touch with forever. The culture here is very open and there is no resentment or coldness towards foreigners as there is in some other countries.