Work & Holiday visa Australia
Work and holiday are usually thought to be mutually exclusive. Thankfully, Singaporeans keen on visiting Australia can soon put the two together. This is made possible by the Work and Holiday Visa Programme which was introduced by the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, during his visit to Singapore on 1 June.
What is the Work and Holiday Visa Programme?
The Work and Holiday visa allows Singaporeans between the ages of 18 and 30 to work and travel in Australia for up to a year. The short-term work allows these youths to fund some of their travel expenses and get the overall experience of living in a foreign land. It is also meant to promote cultural exchange and foster stronger ties between Australia and Singapore.
Before this, the only country that issues a similar visa to Singaporeans is New Zealand, which offers the working holiday visa to those between ages 18 to 30. Only 200 places are available for Singaporeans each year for the working holiday in New Zealand, as compared to 500 places for the programme in Australia which will begin this year in August. Wouldn’t it be exciting to be part of the “pioneer batch” of Work and Holiday visa recipients in Australia?
New Zealand is great, sure. But who wouldn’t want to work in a koala-ty (see what I did there) environment while on holiday?
What Kinds of Jobs are Available?
- Retail Assistant
- Farm & Harvest Worker
- Tour Guide
- Charity Fundraiser
- Hotel Concierge
- Office Clerk
Click here to read about more jobs available.
Jobs in Australia pay around AU$20/hour or more. More information about pay rates can be found here.
To apply for the visa, you must be a Singapore citizen aged between 18 to 30. You should also hold a polytechnic diploma or university degree, or have completed the equivalent of two years of full-time tertiary study at a polytechnic or university.
Yes, it’s that simple!
How Do I Apply?
official website for more information on application procedures and requirements for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). Singapore is not yet listed in the list of countries eligible, but we expect this to be updated soon.
Apart from the new Work and Holiday Visa Programme, the Australian Prime Minister also recently introduced the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa which will allow Singaporean travellers to visit Australia for up to three months at a time, over a six-year period, with a single application.
A working holiday in Australia provides a great opportunity for young Singaporeans to venture out of their comfort zones and immerse in a different culture. Unlike school exchange programmes, the work and holiday programme allows youths to gain insight into the work culture while having an equal share of play and travel. It brings a fresh change from the constant work-constant play routine we are used to. Spending months travelling and working will give you a fresh outlook on what’s important in life and even show you how important balance is.