Working Holiday Maker Policy Update – Bushfire Recovery Work
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that they have relaxed and broadened the visa conditions for holders of the Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (462) visas to allow holders to assist in the bushfire recovery without breaching their imposed visa conditions.
6 Month Limitation extended to 12 Months
Working holiday visa holders can now work with the same employer for up to 12 months if they are assisting with bushfire recovery efforts.
Specified Work Definition
The definition of ‘specified work’ has been revised for the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa to ensure ‘construction work in a disaster declared area‘ is captured.
Paid & Volunteer Work in Declared Areas
Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in declared areas impacted by the recent bushfires will count towards the ‘specified work’ needed to apply for a second or third year Working Holiday (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.