The Working Holiday Visa has a 6 month limitation but there are exemptions to this rule – please see below for the January 2024 update!

From 1 January 2024, until further government decisions, you can work for the same employer in Australia for more than 6 months without asking permission if your work is:

  • in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months
  • in plant and animal cultivation anywhere in Australia
  • in certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction and mining, in northern Australia only (see Northern Australia)
  • natural disaster recovery work
  • in critical sectors, including agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care and childcare, anywhere in Australia
  • in the critical sector of tourism and hospitality anywhere in Australia.

For any other situations not covered above, you must ask for our permission to work longer than 6 months with one employer.

This is great news that they have now included “Health” and hopefully, they will keep this rule permanently but it does mention “until further government decisions” so we will keep an eye out for any further updates.

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