Some nationalities have the possibility to apply for a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417 & 462) up to and including, 35 years of age. Among those French, Canadian and Irish citizens and since July 2022 the age limit for Italian and Danish citizens has also increased by five years – from 30 to 35 years of age.
The UK – Australia Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 31st May 2023. UK passport holders are now able to apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive since 1 July 2023.
The age of 30 years remains as the limit for all other Working Holiday countries that travel to Australia. Everything you need to know, you can read in this article.
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Age limit changes for the Working Holiday visa
Age limit increased to 35
This is great news for travellers over 30 years old from a few countries! Indeed, the age eligibility for applying for an Australian Working Holiday Visa expanded to 35 years for some nationalities!
In November 2018, Working Holiday Visa Australia age limit increased to 35 years for Canadian and Irish citizens.
In July 2019, it was France that announced the same change !
Since July 2022 the age limit for Italian and Danish citizens wanting to work and travel in Australia has also increased by five years – from 30 to 35 years of age. Australian citizens up to the age of 35 will also benefit from reciprocal arrangements with Italy and Denmark.
And finally, since 1 July 2023, the age limit increased to 35 years for UK passport holders!
Before that, the age limit for those countries was set at 30 years.
Those changes can be seen in Schedule 1—Countries or regions, passport conditions and age requirements in the instrument Migration (Arrangements for subclass 417 visa applications) Instrument (LIN 22/051) 2022 and Migration (Arrangements for subclass 417 visa applications) Amendment Instrument (LIN 23/047) 2023.
It is also noted on the immigration website under the ‘age condition’ for a WHV.
Australian legislation clearly defines the age limit for Working Holiday visa makers :
(2) The applicant:
(a) holds a working holiday eligible passport of the kind, or of one of the kinds, specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for the purposes of this subclause; and
(b) is aged at least 18 and no more than:
(i) 35; or
(ii) if a younger age is specified in the instrument mentioned in paragraph (a) for the kind of passport the applicant holds—that younger age.
Therefore if no age is specified, it means that the age limit is 35 years old.
Other partner countries (such as Germany) are still in the process to amend the bilateral Working Holiday Maker agreement expanding the eligibility age to 35.
For UK Passport Holders
The UK – Australia Free Trade Agreement has now entered into force (31 May 2023). The age limit for UK passport holders has been increased to 35 since 1st of July 2023.
With the agreement, UK passport holders are able to:
- apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive since 1 July 2023
- will be granted up to three Working Holiday visas without having to meet any specified work requirements from 1 July 2024.
More info : UK – Australia FTD
Renewing your Working Holiday Visa in Australia
People currently on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia (subclasses 417 or 462) and over 30 years old, are eligible to apply for a second or third year visa if they are from France, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Denmark, and UK.