Get your working holiday started
Australia & partner countries have a bilateral Working Holiday Maker program, for young people ages 18 to 30 years. The program grants Australians the chance to either study or work for a short period during their extended holiday.
Here is your chance to earn money while you travel.
The basic eligibility requirements:
- Valid Australian passport holder
- Meet character and health requirements
- 18 to 30 years old, inclusive, at the time of application
- No dependent children going with you
- Sufficient funds for onward or return fare and holds a return ticket
- Enough funds for the first part of your trip
Partner countries for Working Holidays visa arrangements include: Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Work & Holiday visa arrangements are available for: Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand & the United States. There are specific requirements for these countries, which you can get from the Australian immigration website.
Most popular working holiday destinations:
- For those wanting to explore Europe, UK & London, work with a registered organisation so you can choose whether you want to teach, work in an English pub or spend some time as a nanny.
- Explore parts of the United States or Canada and then work part of your holiday as a nanny, a summer camp counsellor, or be an intern if you’ve just graduated to jumpstart your work experience. If you are still a student, look at the options open for 12-month work placements.
- If travelling to the Middle East, Africa & Asia is your dream, the most lucrative short-term job is teaching English as a secondary language.
Most popular jobs for a working holiday:
You’ve seen some of the sights and rarin’ to explore some more. Working while on holiday through the program requires you to make arrangements prior to your trip.
- For born explorers and leaders, check out the opportunities to join a local tour company to organise tour groups.
- You can teach English, however you may need to have a TESOL qualification depending on the country.
- Au pairing may not pay that much but you get the chance to master a foreign language.
- If you love to ski, you can be a chalet staff or a ski instructor if you are qualified.
- Got a knack for writing? Connect with newspapers and magazines that are always open for freelance contributors.
- Get social by working in a pub or restaurant, or being a cook or kitchen hand.
- Farm work may not pay much but you get to work on your tan, save on meals & accommodation.