The 462 Visa

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

With the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) you are allowed to do the same things as with the (Subclass 417) visa and you can also stay for the same period of 12 months.

The differences between the 417 and 462 Working holiday visa:

  • 462 visas have education requirements, while 417 visas do not.
  • 462 visas require a letter of support from your government of origin (unless you’re from the U.S.), while 417 visas do not.
  • 462 visas also require evidence of functional English, while 417 visas do not.

List of Eligible countries for the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462):

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Thailand
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Turkey
  • San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Uruguay

Types of work

To apply for a second Work and Holiday visa, you must have already completed three months of specified subclass 462 work in northern Australia. This work must have been completed while on your first Work and Holiday visa and must have been undertaken after 18 November 2016 in order to be counted towards your three months’ specified subclass 462 work total.

Specified subclass 462 work is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ field or industry in a designated area in northern Australia. See the section on Northern Australia below to check the postcode list of designated areas of northern Australia.

All specified subclass 462 work must be paid work in accordance with the relevant Australian legislation and awards. Voluntary work will not be accepted for the purpose of applying for a second Work and Holiday visa.

Approved industries for specified work include:

  • plant and animal cultivation
  • fishing and pearling
  • tree farming and felling
  • tourism and hospitality.

Specified work is any type of work described in the list below which must be the primary role, function or activity performed during your employment:

  • plant and animal cultivation
    • the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops
    • pruning and trimming vines and trees
      Note: This must be your primary employment task and directly associated with the cultivation and commercial sale of plant produce, such as fruit and nut crops (commercial horticultural activities). General garden maintenance is not eligible.
    • general maintenance crop work
    • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts
    • immediate processing of plant products
    • maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase
      Note: Maintaining animals for tourism or recreational purposes is not eligible.
    • immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning
      Note: Secondary processing of animal products, such as small goods processing and retail butchery is not eligible.
    • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.

  • fishing and pearling
    • conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species
    • conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.

  • tree farming and felling
    • planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled
    • felling trees in a plantation or forest
    • transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are to be milled or processed.

  • tourism and hospitality
    • work in a range of positions where the primary purpose is to directly provide a service to tourists, including tourist guides and operators, outdoor adventure or activity instructors, tourist transport services
    • gallery or museum managers, curators or guides
    • hospitality workers, including a range of positions in hotels or other accommodation facilities, restaurants, cafes, bars and casinos
    • conference and event organisers.

Note: Work undertaken in the tourism and hospitality industry must appear in the list of tourism and hospitality occupations, which is based on Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) codes. See the section on Tourism and hospitality occupations for the complete list of eligible occupations.

Examples of eligible specified subclass 462 work in agriculture:

  • picking fruits on an orchard
  • feeding and herding cattle on a farm
  • horse breeding and stud farming
  • conservation and environmental reforestation work
  • zoo work involving plant or animal cultivation.

Examples of ineligible specified subclass 462 work in agriculture:

  • working as a nanny on a farm
  • working at a cellar door providing wine tastings.

Examples of eligible specified subclass 462 work in tourism or hospitality

  • a chef in a restaurant
  • a dive instructor
  • a tour bus driver

Examples of ineligible specified subclass 462 work in tourism or hospitality

  • cleaning work in a restaurant
  • driving a school bus
  • working as a sales assistant in a souvenir shop

Before you start work

This is important for every job you take in Australia but always agree with you employer on the pay rate and the amount of hours you will work per week.

"Don't make it too hard for yourself, farm work is hard enough"
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