Canberra, 19 October 2017 Press release

Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement signed with Australia

On 19 October 2017, the Austrian Ambassador to Australia, Bernhard Zimburg, and the Australian Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, signed a new Working Holiday agreement.

In the context of a cultural or tourist trip, young people aged between 18 and 30 years may spontaneously decide that they wish to enter into a limited working relationship and also use educational facilities in the respective country. Working Holiday Programmes were set up to enable the participants to finance their (holiday) stay abroad – at least to some extent – themselves, gather practical job experience in another country and benefit from the local educational facilities. To date, Austria has signed similar agreements with New Zealand, the Republic of KoreaChinese TaipeiHong KongJapan and Israel.

The new agreement with Australia is due to come into force in the first half of 2018, at which time visa applications may be submitted.

You can find information on the abovementioned Working Holiday Programmes – already in force – on the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.


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