The Australian Working Holiday Visa

Has anyone on here done this before? Do you recommend it?
In a nutshell:

[quote]What does this visa let me do?

If you are granted this visa you can:

* enter Australia within 12 months of grant
* stay up to 12 months
* leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
* work in Australia for up to six months with each employer
* study for up to four months.[/quote]

My time is tickin’ to apply for it. The age is 18-31.

Yeah I’ve been looking at this too- but I thought it was only up to 30, so this gives me another year! Keep us updated if you get it.

I haven’t done it but I’m Australian and know a little about it.

What work do you intend on doing and what, exactly, would you like to do and see in Australia? The minimum wage is Au$15 per hour and income tax for non-residents starts at 29%, so if you work a 40 hour week you’ll get about Au$400 in your bank account each week. On a very tight budget, accommodation and food will set you back approximately $150 a week (being more expensive in cities, cheaper if you’re living out of a van!).

I haven’t really thought about this a whole lot. Unskilled, shut-off-brain kind of work. In a bar. Or a restaurant. Or retail. Or vineyard. Actually, I’d kind of like to be close to a beach. I really know nothing at all about Australia outside of what I’ve seen on TV nature programs.

29%? Ouch. Is there a lot of cough unreported off-the-books kind of work going on there? Not that it would be recommended, of course.

Yeah I definitely wouldn’t be going to Australia to earn money, that’s for sure. Mostly just to fulfill my dream of living on every continent.
I’d want to work in a surf shop on a chill beach with decent waves but not too many people. Would consider a resort if there are some out of the way that beat the crowds.
Also, how would the dating scene be in Australia for an American woman? I only ask because Taiwan’s notoriously a bad scene for us (though I haven’t had too much of a problem) and I wouldn’t mind getting out a bit :wink:

I’m Australian and hung out with all the backpackers, so I know quite a bit about it!!!

If you have a WHV you’re actually classed as a resident. So you pay the same tax as the rest of us. You need to apply for a TFN, though, otherwise you’ll be paying 30~40% without one. The first $6000 that you earn is tax-free; your employer will set up a super fund for you and take money out of your pay for it (a superannuation fund = pension fund) - since you’re only a temporary resident, you can apply for the money back when you leave. Keep all the paperwork when you first sign up with your job!!!

On a WHV, you’re limited to working at the same place for no more than 6 months. You can study. If you spend at least two-months working on a farm somewhere, you can apply for an extension at the end of your time and stay for up to two years. Don’t go through agents for farm work unless you know they’re reputable - though you should be OK.

Don’t trust the Asian-run businesses. 99% of them are dodgy. They’re the cheapest places to get plane fares, however (though they do jack the prices up for a white face).

Some people stick to one city; some people work for a few months, make some money, go blow it travelling, and start working wherever they end up when they don’t have enough money to go on. Which seems to me like a better way to play it :wink: but it’s whatever floats your boat!

Dating scene is fine for everyone, providing you find samples that meet your tastes!

$150 a week living out of a van sounds awfully optimistic to me!! Your average meal out will be around $15 - $6/7 for fast food, $10 for an asian-run place, $15 min for an Aussie-run place, then we go up from there. Fruit and veg are generally decently cheap, pies used to be cheap and still are in the country. In the city, you’re looking at around $180/week for a room in a sharehouse… not necessarily in the middle of the city. Usually includes internet/electricity. However much you think is the max someone could possibly charge for something, add a few dollars and then you’ll have the Australian price. Fuel is on a cycle - It’s cheaper during the week and more expensive on the weekends. Goes up 30c a litre on a public holiday. Learn to accept this, grumbling about the corruption is NOT appreciated by anyone.

But it IS an awesome place for a trip. I don’t think I’d go back to live, but I’d go back to backpack in a heartbeat. I’m longing to go to Airlie Beach for a few months.

This is PROBABLY the best site for would-be backpackers:

If you want to do it, GO. Seriously. You ain’t gonna do it just thinking about it XD

gotta agree with all tsukinodeynatsu has to say… right on the money. i have a few taiwanese friends in australia doing working holidays at the moment and they seem to be having a good time, staying short times in country places, earning money picking fruit for a month or two then going to the coast to live for a month, then back to the farms, etc…

Airlie Beach is where i’m from tsukinodeynatsu… i’m longing to return there as well!

I’m not the biggest fan of Australia, but if I was from Airlie Beach I’d never have left!!!

Though it must be fairly strange to be a ‘local’ resident in the middle of a mostly transitory community. I guess you’d either have to live outside the ‘fun’ bit or get used to all your friends leaving.

(btw, LOVE your avatar XD)