Eligibility for 1 Year Working Holiday Visa
- Be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of the application.
- Your visa must be granted before you turn 31.
- Have no dependent children accompany you to Australia.
If you do have a dependent child then you will be subject to an extra payment of €70. Please note your application will take longer to process, on average up to 4 weeks.
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.
- Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (on a passport of any country)
- Meet health and character requirements.
- Be outside Australia at the time of visa grant.
- Hold a valid passport - you can only apply for this visa if you hold a Passport from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or United Kingdom
- Be applying no more than 12 months before you intend to travel to Australia
Working in Australia on a 1 Year Working Holiday Visa
Working in Australia is a great way to get to know the locals and experience the famous Australian lifestyle.
Check out our guide below to help you get started!
Where to Start
In many cases, especially in retail and hospitality, you'll find that simply walking into a place you want to work and asking for a job is the best option. Hostels also offer good local information on jobs and can sometimes arrange work for travellers. Ask at reception or check their notice boards. Some hostels offer free accommodation if you work a few hours for them cleaning the hostel
Many people start their job searches at places like Travellers Contact Point (TCP) which has branches in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Carins. Travellers Contact Point (TCP) is a very handy one-stop shop for new arrivals and they can offer good advice. They also have a "Travellers At Work" service which has new jobs posted daily. They can also help you with barista courses or Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificates which you will need if you want to work in a bar. The availability of short-term work depends on the number of jobseekers in the market. Usually the best time to find work in Sydney is from April to September. The Christmas/New Year period can be a tough time to find work as the decision-makers in many businesses are on holidays.
There are lots of employment agencies looking for experienced staff, you just need to know where to look.
Remember when going to Australia to bring a good suit or some smart clothes and always keep an updated copy of your CV saved onto your e-mail.
It is a good idea to register with some specialist recruitment agencies who will help you find work in your chosen field. The more agencies you join the more interviews you will get. Many backpackers with office experience look for temping work as receptionists, admin support, data entry and telesales representatives. This kind of work is handy for those looking for short-term roles. You should arrive at an agency well-presented and have an up-to-date CV (Resume) available in a recent version of Microsoft Word or as a PDF file. You may also be asked to do tests in Microsoft office
Below are a list of website to help you start your Job search:
Jobs in all areaswww.careerone.com.au
The months of October to April are the prime time for harvest jobs but there is seasonal work all year round. The work is hard but remember anyone who does three months of seasonal work (eg. fruit picking) will be eligible to apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa. Most hostels in fruit picking areas can arrange work and often offer special accommodation and transport for harvest workers. For more information contact the National Harvest Labour Information Service, also see www.harvesttrail.com.au or www.jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) can help you find work across OZ . For more info see www.wwoof.com.au
Or if you want to help the environment check out Conservation Volunteers Australia www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
Nursing and Medical
Australia has a shortage of qualified nurses. Hospitals regularly hire casual staff through nursing agencies. There's also a demand for doctors, and other medical professionals such as physiotherapists, especially if you are willing to work in rural areas.
24/7 Nursing - www.247nursing.com.au
Access Nursing Agency - www.accessnursing.com.au
Australian Nursing Agency (Swing Shift Nurse) - www.swingshift.com.au
Australian Nursing Network - www.ausnursingnet.com.au
MediCall Placements - www.medicalplacements.com
Regional Nursing Solutions - www.regionalnursingsolutions.com.au
Q. What does the Australia Working Holiday Visa permit?
A Working Holiday Visa allows the visa holder to:
- Enter Australia within 12 months of the date of visa grant
- Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
- Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
- Work in Australia for up to 6 months with each employer
- Study for up to 4 months
Q. What are the conditions of Work?
With the Working Holiday visa you are permitted to take up any kind of temporary or casual work. The main purpose of the visa is to holiday and travel in Australia so you are not permitted to work for longer than 6 months for any one employer.
Q. Can I travel into and out of Australia on my Working Holiday visa?
Yes you can. However if you depart Australia during your 12 month stay, you are not able to "top up" or recover, in any way, the period of time spent outside Australia.
Q. What happens if I get a new passport after I apply for the Visa?
Your working holiday visa application is linked to the passport number provided in your application. If you change any details after you lodge your application, including your passport details then you must notify Go4less immediately
Q. How much money do I need to have in order to enter Australia?
You must have AUD 5000 with you at the time of entry to Australia.
Q: What happens after my visa is approved?
You will receive an email confirming your visa has been approved.. You will then have 12 months to enter Australia.
Q. How can I discuss different visa options?
If you would like to discuss further the different visa options then please feel free to contact us on 01 435 0000 or email email@example.com. You can also call into our office at 30 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1. Our office is opened Monday to Friday 0930 to 1730
Register now for your 1 Year Working Holiday Visa
Why move to Australia?
Australia is one of the world's most popular countries for travelers who are lured by the country's exceptional quality of life, not to mention its excellent climate.
It has also survived the recession better than most Western countries and in 2010 the economy was once again on an upward trend. Australia is a beautiful country, with varied landscapes offering something for everyone; magnificent beaches, spectacular countryside, world-class cities for culture lovers and peace and tranquility for those seeking to escape the stresses of 21st century city living. Australia is a country where the population, the economy and the opportunities are growing.
With jobs in Ireland hard to find, moving to Australia is an attractive prospect for many. There are many Australian visa options for Irish nationals; the Australian holiday visa, Australian working holiday visa and immigration visas all in high demand.
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and other Australian cities have a European / North America way of life. Multicultural, young and open-minded are just a few words that describe Australian society. The average age is in Australia is 37. It's a place where people from all over the world come to share and contribute to a modern nation living experience.
Australia may not have the history of some countries, but surely has a bright future ahead. Go4Less can help you get your Australian Working Holiday visa, for more information please visit: http://www.go4less.ie/australian-visas/australia-1-year-working-holiday-visa.asp?tab=book
Go4Less can also book your flight to Australia. Please contact our office on 01 4350000 or visas@Go4Less.ie for a quote.
Where to go in Australia?
The two most popular cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne and it's easy to see why. Boasting beautiful beaches, friendly people and a buzzing city life; these top cities have a lot to offer.
Sydney is New South Wales' capital and is Australia's largest city and has a population of about 4.5 million. It is Australia's most internationally recognized city and the country's financial center. Sitting on the Parramatta River, the city boasts a stunning harbor complete with the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge; two of the main tourist attractions. Sydney offers a range of galleries, cafes and restaurants, festivals and theatre as well as some great national parks and, to the west, The Blue Mountains with its Eucalyptus trees and breath-taking gorges.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. It has a population of around 4 million people and is on the southern coast of the eastern half of Australia's mainland. Melbourne is sheltered from the ocean by the beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne seems to attract a greater variety of immigrants than any other city in Australia, with over 200 different nationalities making it one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world.
Other cities such as Brisbane, Cairns and Perth are also a very popular choice among immigrants too.
Job Opportunities in Australia
If your job search in Ireland isn't successful, working abroad in Australia is a great way to develop your skills and broaden the mind.
The Economy and Job Market in Australia has been the success story of the last few decades. Unemployment rates are low, and in most cities there are plenty of casual work opportunities available. And with one of the highest minimum wages in the world, even those in casual jobs are paid much more than in Ireland and most of Europe. If you're seeking employment, Australia could be the place for you!
Looking for work from home can be fruitful, but when it comes to the job search, in many cases, especially in retail and hospitality, you'll find that simply walking into a place you want to work and asking for a job can be the best option.
One of the best ways to find a job is through your hostel! Hostels offer good local information on jobs and can sometimes arrange work for travellers. Hostels often know of job vacancies which are in the area. Ask at reception or check their notice boards. Some hostels even offer free accommodation if you work a few hours for them cleaning the hostel. This could be a handy part time job to have on your arrival.
When looking for a job, many people start their searches at places like Travellers Contact Point (TCP) which has branches in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Cairns. Travellers Contact Point (TCP) is a very handy one-stop shop for new arrivals who and they can offer good advice.
Recruitment agencies can also be very useful for those looking to develop their career while working abroad. Please see our section on "Jobs in Australia" (http://www.go4less.ie/australian-visas/australia-1-year-working-holiday-visa.asp) for more information on recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies can help you with your job search and find vacancies in a variety of areas like construction, banking, finance, security, nursing and IT to name but a few!
If you are simply looking for summer jobs or part time jobs whilst you travel and are marking places off your map of Australia look to websites like My Career http://mycareer.com.au/search/?arr=2. Here you will find vacancies for jobs which will suit your needs at the time depending on what location you are in Australia. Overall no matter what type of job you are looking for, utilise job websites as much as you can.
Location of Australia
Australia is the world's smallest continent but the sixth-largest country in the world. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the French dependency of New Caledonia to the east, and New Zealand to the southeast. Flight time is roughly about 20 hours from Ireland. Go4less can offer you competitive flight quotes to Australia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Irish Embassy in Australia
The Irish Embassy in Australia is a handy contact to keep in case you run into any trouble or just need advice!
Embassy of Ireland
20 Arkana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6214 0000
Fax: +61 2 6273 3741
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimeters. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
Cost of living in Australia
Refer to this guide for a rough idea of living costs in Australia:
GroceriesMilk (regular), 1 litre 1.50 A$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.00 A$
Rice (1kg) 3.00 A$
Eggs (12) 4.00 A$
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.00 A$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.99 A$
Apples (1kg) 4.00 A$
Oranges (1kg) 3.50 A$
Tomato (1kg) 5.00 A$
Potato (1kg) 3.00 A$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.48 A$
Water (1.5 litre bottle) 3.00 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre bottle) 5.00 A$
Restaurants and other expensesMeal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.71 A$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.50 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) 6.00 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle) 7.15 A$
Cappuccino (regular) 4.00 A$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) 3.00 A$
Water (0.33 litre bottle) 2.50 A$
TransportationOne-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.90 A$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.06 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 47.40 A$
Gasoline (1 litre) 1.50 A$
Rent (per month)Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,800.00 A$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,400.00 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,000.00 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,000.00 A$