Eligibility Age Limit Increase
A number of changes to Working Holiday Visas have been announced as part of the 1 July changes.
The eligible age limit for Working Holiday Visa applications will be increased from 30 to 35 years with effect from 1 July. However, the new age limit will only take effect once Australia has negotiated an amendment to an existing bilateral arrangement with a participating country to implement the increase in age.
Bilateral arrangements will be negotiated on a country by country basis. Negotiating these arrangements can take some time and we will continue to keep you informed as arrangements are put in place with other countries.
These changes are part of a broader overhaul of the Work and Holiday and Working Holiday visa programs.
Changes to 6 Month Work Rule
On 27 March 2017, changes to the 6 month work rule meant that working holiday makers (WHMs) are able to work for the same employer for longer than 6 months while on the same working holiday visa.
WHMs can now work for the same employer for up to 12 months provided the work is undertaken in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months.
For more information about the recent changes to the 6 month work rule, see our related article here.
How this impacts your business
These changes will be welcome news for employers that hire WHMs to meet demand for short term, casual workers in their business. Employers and HR teams can now plan to retain these employees for up to 12 months where it is possible to deploy them across different properties or branches in different locations, and employ more senior employees into short term roles once the age limit is increased under bilateral arrangements.
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