Australia expands Working Holiday Visa age cap

Australia expands Working Holiday Visa age cap

Australia has increased the age range for the country’s popular Working Holiday Visa to 35 years inclusive, a five-year increase from the previous maximum age of 30 years. 

The change is part of the recently announced Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA), which saw new arrangements for both Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program and the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS). 

New data on working abroad has shown that 45% of 25 to 34-year-olds wish they had taken a gap year when they had the chance, and close to 1 in 10 believe they are too old to start again. 

It also revealed that 49% of 25 to 34-year-olds want to take a career break without losing momentum. 

Australia’s variety of available jobs will allow professionals from all fields to find employment – contrary to the belief held by 46% of 25 to 34-year-olds that working holiday visas are a good way to see the world, but will stall career development.

Sally Cope, Tourism Australia’s Regional General Manager for UK & Northern Europe said: “Every year, more than 35,000 young Brits head to Australia to work and play. Our research reveals close to half of 25 to 34-year-olds are considering working abroad to advance their careers, so this five-year age range increase presents a world of openings to these young professionals. 

“We’re sure there are many 30 to 35-year-olds who thought they had missed their chance to live and work Down Under who will jump at this exciting prospect; and Australia is ready to welcome them.” 

Further changes to Australia’s Working Holiday Visa are expected from 1 July 2024, where Brits will be able to apply for up to three years to live and work in Australia (previously two years) without any specified work requirements.

australia.com/workingholiday

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