Work and Holiday Visa

Australian has negotiated a Work and Holiday Arrangement with China. This arrangement allows up to 5,000 young Chinese people with tertiary education and English skills to experience a working holiday in Australia.

The Work and Holiday visa provides a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for Chinese participants. It is also an opportunity for cultural exchange and building closer cultural ties between China and Australia.


Subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa

The Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa will allow participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism.  In addition, the visa allows the holder to:

• Stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival;
• Work for the 12 month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and
• Study for up to four months.

General eligibility requirements

General eligibility requirements for Chinese Work and Holiday visa applicants are:

• Hold a valid Chinese passport;
• Are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged;
• Will not be with a dependent child while in Australia;
• Have enough money for support on a working holiday (about AUD $5000);

• Have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia;
• Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417);
• Hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study;
• Have functional English (equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher);
• Meet character and health requirements; and
• Are a genuine visitor.