January 3, 2024

Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions

Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions


The Australian Department of Home Affairs has officially confirmed changes to the policy arrangements around condition 8547.

Effective 1 January 2024, Working Holiday Makers will need to request an extension beyond the standard six-month limitation, unless they meet the exemptions in place. 

The new process requires individuals to take the responsibility and actively request an extension themselves if they wish to continue working in Australia beyond the initial six months and have the limitation removed.

However, the specific details regarding these exemptions are yet to be fully outlined, and the Department of Home Affairs has promised further information following an upcoming review. This leaves room for anticipation as we await more comprehensive updates, set to be released in early 2024.


As of 1 January 2024, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs has decided on an extension to the exemption process for visa condition 8547.


Until the Australian Government has further discussions regarding the Working Holiday Makers reform, Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment with the same employer beyond 6 months without seeking permission only if the following circumstances apply:

  1. Working in different locations: Working Holiday Makers can extend their employment if they work in various locations, as long as the duration of employment in any single location does not exceed 6 months.
  2. Employment in plant and animal cultivation: Individuals engaged in plant and animal cultivation activities in Australia are eligible for an extension.
  3. Specific industries: Exemptions apply to certain industries, including aged care and disability services, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, construction, and mining. However, these exemptions are limited to Northern Australia.
  4. Natural disaster recovery work: Those involved in natural disaster recovery work, starting from 17 February 2020, are eligible for an extension.
  5. Sanctioned critical sectors: Workers in critical sectors such as agriculture, food processing, health, aged and disability care, childcare (from 4 April 2020), and tourism and hospitality (from 8 May 2020) can extend their employment without seeking additional permission.



 How to apply for Condition 8547 extensions

In a recent update by the Department of Home Affairs, changes to the Working Holiday program have been announced, specifically regarding the extension of work rights beyond the standard six-month limitation.

While certain exemptions exist, those not covered by these exceptions are required to seek permission for extended employment with one employer. This article outlines the guidelines and procedures for Working Holiday Makers who fall outside the specified exemptions.

A new web form for extension applications is anticipated to be operational starting 22 December 2023. During this time, the Home Affairs Department will process applications that adhere to the guidelines below:

Alternatively, applicants can send an email to Working.Holiday@homeaffairs.gov.au, clearly stating:

  • commencement date of employment and the anticipated end date of the six-month period.
  • comprehensive details justifying the need for an extension beyond six months.
  • intended duration for continuing employment with the employer.
  • include supporting documentation from the employer, such as a one-page letter on company letterhead outlining exceptional circumstances.

For individuals who have already submitted requests for approval to work beyond six months with the same employer, employment can continue until a written outcome is received.

Stay informed as we anticipate further announcements in 2024 that will provide additional insights into broader changes expected in the Working Holiday program. We will keep you updated on any developments that may impact your experience as a Working Holiday Maker in Australia.

For personalised assistance and advice on your specific situation, book a consultation with our experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents today. Your journey to a seamless experience in Australia begins with guidance from our visa specialists!



8 Replies to “Australia’s Changes to Working Holiday Makers Visa Conditions”

  1. Pushkar Mali says: January 26, 2024 at 8:45 am

    Hello Auspire Immigration!
    I’m on a Working Holiday Visa working as a chef. My employer wants to sponsor me. When can I change visas? Can you assist me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 3, 2024 at 1:41 am

      Hi Pushkar,
      That’s great your employer is offering sponsorship. We can assist with all visa types, including Employer Sponsored Visas.
      The 1st step is to book a consultation with our Migration Team – either just yourself, or also with your employer. Book your appointment here
      Speak soon!

  2. Andrew Lee says: March 8, 2024 at 12:12 am


    I am a working holiday visa holder and working at abattoir under labour hire company.
    Can I work more than 6 month from 1 Jan 2024 ?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: March 10, 2024 at 4:40 am

      Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes of course, we can provide you with advice! Book your consultation with our immigration lawyers here

  3. Christina Tacticos says: April 20, 2024 at 4:04 pm


    Thank you for the helpful article.

    I am currently here on a working holiday 417 Visa and have been told that the required agriculture/ volunteer work is being removed as a condition this July. Would you happen to know if the 6-month single employer limitation is also being removed?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: April 21, 2024 at 3:55 am

      Hi Christina,

      You are very welcome!
      That’s correct. The Australian visa and immigration system is constantly changing with new laws, regulations and policies.
      Best you book a call with our immigration lawyers so you can get personalised advice – book your appointment here

      Speak soon!

  4. Suzanna Willem says: June 7, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Auspire Immigration,
    I have a Working Holiday Visa and would like to change to a Partner Visa. Is this possible?
    Can you help me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: June 20, 2024 at 7:59 am

      Hi Suzanna,
      Yes, this is possible! Of course, we can assist you and your partner.
      We recommend to book a consultation with our Team of Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents so we can assess all your visa options and provide you with a personalised immigration strategy, including time frames and costs.
      Book your appointment here

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