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Vaccinated Working Holiday Makers can return to Australia starting Dec. 1

Vaccinated Working Holiday Makers can return to Australia starting Dec. 1
(Tourism Australia)
Pax Global Media

Starting Dec. 1, 2021, fully vaccinated Working Holiday Makers will be able to work and travel in Australia once again. 

The new travel arrangements will apply to eligible visa holders, including Working Holiday Makers (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462).

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison called the update "welcome news" for the the tourism industry. 

"Working holiday makers are crucial to the tourism sector as these young travellers tend to stay longer, spend more and disperse more widely as they travel whilst also providing a flexible source of workers by combining their time in Australia with work and travel plans,” said Harrison in a news release. 

Stay long, spend more

In 2019, Working Holiday Makers (temporary visitors to Australia) contributed CAD $2.9 billion to Australia’s visitor economy and represented seven per cent of total visitor spend – the second largest leisure market by expenditure, according to Tourism Australia. 

Working Holiday Maker visitors also largely spend what they earn in Australia, with the average spend per person equivalent to CAD $9,550.

Tourism Australia Acting General Manager and Regional Director Chris Allison said that he hoped young people would make the most of the new quarantine-free travel arrangements to come and work and explore Australia while also developing life skills for the future.

“An Australian working holiday is a fantastic opportunity to have an extended overseas adventure by working as well as travelling," Allison said. 

"Now heading into the typically busy summer period, many operators in the Australian tourism industry are currently on the hunt for staff. This could be the ultimate opportunity for those looking to shake up their careers, with many tourism jobs also based in the country’s most spectacular holiday destinations." 

Travelling to Australia

From Dec. 1, 2021, Working Holiday Makers can travel by air to Australia quarantine-free, without applying for a travel exemption.

Those who hold a valid Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa or a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) and are fully vaccinated can enter New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and will not be required to quarantine. If you are planning on travelling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions.

To be eligible, you must:

o Hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses, including either a Working Holiday(subclass 417) or a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

o Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognized by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

o Arrive in a participating Australian state or territory

o Provide proof of vaccination status 

o Present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within three days of departure (unless a medical exemption applies)

For more information on travelling to Australia visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs I Travelling to Australia

For more rules and requirements for travel into specific state and territories in Australia visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs I State and Territory Information.

A full list of eligible visa subclasses is available at

Working Holiday Makers from Canada represent 10,497 visitors to Australia each year, contributing AUD $95.9 million / CAD $88.04 million to Australia’s visitor economy. They make up 6.7 per cent of all arrivals from Canada, says Tourism Australia. 

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