Australia and UK Free Trade Agreement

As of midnight tonight, Australia and the UK will participate in a more generous working holiday/Youth Mobility Scheme. 

This follows the entry into force of the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (Australia-UK FTA) on 31 May 2023. 

Under the new arrangements, UK passport holders coming to Australia will be able to:

  • apply for a Working Holiday visa if they are between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive) years This is an increase of the previous age limit of 30 years.
  • be granted up to three Working Holiday visas without having to meet any specified work (e.g.farm work) requirements from 1 July 2024.

Removal of ‘specified work’ requirements

  • To be eligible for a second or third Working Holiday visa applicants currently must show that they have done at least three or six months of ‘specified work’.
  • From 1 July 2024, UK passport holders will not have to meet this requirement when applying for a second or third Working Holiday visa on or after this date.

Maximum stay of three years

  • Working Holiday visa holders can currently stay three years in Australia. This stay consists of three separate visas granted for 12 months each. This excludes any ‘COVID-19 affected visa’ granted at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. These arrangements will not change.
  • From 1 July 2024, UK passport holders, including those already granted a subclass 417 visa, who are eligible to apply for a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa, will not have to meet any specified work (e.g.farm work) requirements when applying for a second and third visa.
  • UK passport holders can choose to apply for a first, second and third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa at any time while they still meet the eligible age requirement. They do not need to stay in Australia for three years in a row. Applicants can lodge applications for second and third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas in or outside Australia.
  • If a UK passport holder has already spent one or two years in Australia on a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa before the new arrangements commence, they can apply for the remaining visa(s) under the new arrangements from 1 July 2024. This will enable access to the maximum of three years in Australia.