Working Holiday Visa Update

Working Holiday Visa Update

On 27 March 2017, The Department of Immigration and Border Protection updated its policy on condition 8547 to provide flexibility for employers and holders of the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).

The Working Holiday visa is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year with a possible extension of another year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

According to the updated policy, a visa holder may now work for the same employer for a combined total of more than 6 months, provided the work is undertaken in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months. The policy does not, however, allow workers to change positions of employment (e.g. from a kitchen-hand to a waiter) within the same location. This update in the policy will also enable employers to move working holiday makers between different venues or establishments without being in breach of the 6-month work limitation.


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has launched a tender for companies to submit technology solutions that will replace passports and immigration officers with electronic stations and automatic triage.

This will be the world’s first entirely automatic, seamless processing system for international passengers entering the country based on their biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. The Department plans to implement the new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020.

The Department first began collecting facial images and fingerprints from passengers in airports in November 2012. Under the Migration Act 1958 and the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, Australia introduced biometric identity management to prevent identity fraud by authenticating non-citizens entering the country “at various stages of immigration, detention and citizenship processing”.