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Changes in the Upper Age Limit for Working Holiday Visa Program

On 1 July 2017 the Department of Immigration and Border Protection introduced a number of changes to different visa subclasses. One of these changes affected the age requirements for the visa subclasses from the Working Holiday Visa Program.

According to the legislation, the increase of the upper age limit of eligibility for the primary applicant from 30 to 35 years is available for the passport holders from eligible partner countries, which have a bilateral agreement with Australia.

However, the previous upper age limit of 30 years will be maintained until the bilateral agreement to increase the upper age limit between Australia and eligible partner countries is reached.

The Working Holiday visa program allows young people from eligible partner countries to work in Australia while having a holiday. The main purpose of this visa program is cultural exchange, which enables young travellers to have extended holiday and earn some money through short term employment.

This program includes the following visa subclasses:

  • Work and Holiday visa - 462

  • Working Holiday visa – 417

Despite the fact that the age limit extension has already been announced by the Government, the current age of eligibility (18 to 30) will remain in place for the time being.


Contact SCA Connect today for an expert advice on strategic visa solutions to address the recent and upcoming legislative changes to migration.

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