Extended Work Rights for Working Holiday Makers: What You Need to Know

29 Dec


From 1st January 2024, there will be extended work rights for Working Holiday Makers (Subclass 417 and 462 Visa holders) under certain conditions. This could mean working with the same employer for more than six months without needing permission from the Department of Home Affairs.

Expanded Opportunities for Employers and Working Holiday Makers

Starting from the New Year, Working Holiday Makers can look forward to more flexibility in their employment options. These expanded rights are applicable if the work is:

  • In different locations (with work in any one location not exceeding six months)
  • In plant and animal cultivation anywhere in Australia
  • In certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction and mining, in ‘Northern Australia’ only – as defined by The Department of Home Affairs
  • For natural disaster recovery work (criteria from 17 February 2020)
  • In critical sectors, including agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care and childcare, anywhere in Australia (criteria from 4 April 2020)
  • In the critical sector of tourism and hospitality anywhere in Australia (criteria from 8 May 2021)

For all other situations not covered above, Working Holiday Makers will still need to request permission from the Department of Home Affairs to work for more than six months with the same employer.

How to Apply for Extended Work Rights: Condition 8547 Extension

The Department of Home Affairs opened the application process for a Condition 8547 Extension on 22 December 2023. If you’re considering this option, we recommend making your request at least two weeks before the expiry of your current six-month work period.

You may need to provide details of the ‘limited circumstances’ in which you’re seeking permission to work longer than six months. This could also include providing supporting documentation from your employer outlining the exceptional circumstances, such as being sponsored for a Subclass 482 TSS visa by your employer.

Need Help? Consult Our Expert Team

If you require advice and assistance with this process, consider booking a consultation with one of our expert team members at AHWC. We understand that immigration processes can be complex, and we’re here to help you navigate them with confidence.

What’s Next for the Working Holiday Maker Visa Program?

The Working Holiday Maker program, which includes the Subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa and the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa, is set for some changes. The Government is preparing a discussion paper that will review the program’s settings, including eligibility, visa conditions, and specified work requirements as part of their Migration Strategy.

We anticipate more details on the reform process to be released in early 2024. As these reforms unfold, further Government decisions on Condition 8547 exemption arrangements may be made. Rest assured, we will continue to provide timely updates on these developments.

Positive News for Businesses and Working Holiday Makers

The Minister’s announcement is a significant step forward for businesses and Working Holiday Makers. This provides an incredible opportunity to stay and work in Australia for an extended period without having to change employers.

We look forward to supporting you through these changes, ensuring you’re well-informed and prepared for the opportunities ahead. As always, we’re committed to providing you with the best immigration services possible. Contact us today to learn more about how these changes can benefit you and your business.

Keep Exploring Immigration Opportunities

In addition to extended work rights for Working Holiday Makers, there are many other exciting immigration updates and programs to explore. Let us help your design the perfect strategy to migrate to Australia permanently, if that’s what you desire. Book a consultation with us today!


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