After your first Working Holiday Visa in Australia, you have the possibility to renew your WHV in Australia up to 2 times. For this, you must (among other things) have worked at least 88 days in rural areas (specific activities and geographic areas). Since July 1, 2019, holders of a WHV can claim a third visa. To be eligible, it is necessary to carry out 6 months of specified work in regional areas while they are on their second WHV. You will find in this article the list of all the regional areas of Australia eligible to get a second and third Working Holiday Visa.
Renew your Working Holiday Visa
You have the possibility to renew your WHV in Australia up to 2 times. For this, you must (among other things) be between 18 and 35 years old, have a valid passport and have worked at least 88 days in rural areas (specific activities and geographic areas).
Since July 1, 2019, holders of a WHV can claim a third visa. To be eligible, it is necessary to carry out 6 months of specified work in regional areas while they are on their second WHV. The types of jobs and eligible regions are the same as for the second visa.
In addition, following the tragic fires that hit the country in the summer of 2019-2020, the Australian government has implemented temporary changes to current laws to allow backpackers to participate in the country’s recovery while renewing their WHV. New regions and new jobs have been added for renewal.
Eligible Jobs for a second & third year visa
Remember that not all jobs are eligible to qualify you to renew your Working Holiday Visa.
Regional work – Eligible postcodes
Unfortunately, not all areas are eligible to complete specified work. Here are the postcodes eligible in every state where you can complete your specified work. Prior to starting any work, you should ensure that the location of the work is in an eligible regional area.
Eligible postcodes for disaster-affected regions
Following the fires that hit the country, new eligible regions have been temporarily added. You can, therefore, work or volunteer in the disaster areas and help rebuild communities ravaged by the fire while having the opportunity to renew your working holiday visa. Here is the list of eligible regions in the disaster areas:
How to find regional work in Australia?
There are different ways to approach employers, either by phone or by contacting farmers in person. Download our Backpackers guide to access contact details of over +500 farms.
You can also find a job online, by searching on job boards or the website Gumtree, which publishes all kinds of classified ads. Apart from that, you have to watch out for scams!
A great way to find a job in fruit picking is by word of mouth. Also, ask around in hostels.
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Article updated on 12/05/2020 – Published initially on 25/10/2016