Working Holiday Makers – Condition 8547 – Extension of work rights past 6 months with one employer

2 January 2024
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has made the decision to continue the previous exemption process relating to visa condition 8547, from 1 January 2024, while consultation on the Working Holiday program settings and reform process is underway in line with the recently released Migration Strategy. 

We can advise that the following arrangements will apply from 1 January 2024 until further government decisions are made as part of the WHM reform work:

Working Holiday Makers can work for the same employer in Australia for more than 6 months without asking permission if the work is:
•           in different locations and work in any one location does not exceed 6 months
•           in plant and animal cultivation anywhere in Australia
•           in certain industries, including  aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction and mining, in northern Australia only (see website for a definition of Northern  Australia)
•           from 17 February 2020, natural disaster recovery work  
•           from 4 April 2020, in critical sectors, including agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care and childcare, anywhere in Australia 
•           from 8 May 2021, in the critical sector of tourism and hospitality anywhere in Australia

For any other situations not covered above, Working Holiday Makers must request for permission to work longer than 6 months with one employer.
Please contact Visa Executive if you need assistance
Source: Migration Institute of Australia.