How Canadians Apply for the Australia Working Holiday Visa

Have you been saving up for months to travel to Australia? Wait no longer! The Australia Working Holiday Visa will allow you to get a job in Australia to pay for your living and travel expenses while you explore the country! Working holiday visas allow young Canadians to work in foreign countries for up to a year. For Canadians, the Australian working holiday visa is available to you only once in your life between the ages of 18 and 35. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your dream to trade a long Canadian winter for sunny Australia is possible sooner than you think!

In this post, we break down the process for Canadians applying for the Australia Working Holiday Visa.

Skip winter in Canada and enjoy summertime in Australia like Stepabroad Working Holiday participant Megan from Trois-Rivières, Quebec (pictured at bottom).

Which working holiday visa do I apply for?

There are two different subclasses (or versions) of the Australian working holiday visa. These are subclass 417 and subclass 462. They are essentially the same visa, the only difference being which country you are applying from. Canadians can apply for the subclass 417 visa.

How much does the Australia working holiday visa cost?

The Australian government charges a fee for this visa, which as of May 2024 is $635 AUD, or about $575 CAD. You are required to pay this fee in the final stage of your visa application. Once you have paid the fee, your visa application then be sent in for processing.

Australia Working Holiday Visa Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Australian Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417), Canadians must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently outside of Australia (so you don’t necessarily have to be in Canada)
  • At least 18 and not yet 36 years old (meaning you can still apply at 35!)
  • Hold a Canadian passport that is valid for at least 18 months after your date of travel
  • Have no dependent children accompanying you in Australia
  • Have proof of sufficient trip funds (about $5,000 CAD)
  • Are of good character (no major criminal convictions)
  • Are in good health to travel
  • Have not previously received an Australian Working Holiday Visa
Stepabroad helped Jonathan from Kingston, Ontario get started on his Australia Working Holiday. Our recommendation to head down to Tasmania ended up being his favourite place in all of Australia!

Interested in receiving one-on-one support with your application? As a recognized organization of the Government of Canada, Stepabroad is able to provide Canadians with support through their visa application.

Stepabroad’s Australia Working Holiday Send-Off Package provides one-on-one assistance throughout the entire visa application process no matter where you are in the world. We schedule a video call and together go over each step of the application. Closer to your departure, we also provide you with resource guides on finding a job, a place to live, opening a bank account, getting your Tax File Number, travel insurance, and much more. We provide Canadians with a solid set of resources to help you start your working holiday off on the right foot!

You could be castaway in the paradise Whitsundays!
Stepabroad makes starting your working holiday a breeze! We even offer fun surf camps so you can experience living like a true Aussie local.

Step 1: Gather your documents

While filling out the application form you will need to upload personal documents. Before beginning your application, it is a good idea to have these documents saved on your computer so your application doesn’t time out while you are looking for them. You will be asked to submit the following:

  • the identification page of your passport (the page with your picture and personal information)
  • a copy of your birth certificate showing both your parent’s names
  • a bank statement showing more than $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,500 CAD)

You can submit scanned copies or photographs of these documents. They must be clear and in colour. If a document is more than one page, save it as one file.

Any documents in French must be translated to English. This does not have to be conducted by an accredited translator, but on each translation the translator must include their full name, address, phone number, and qualifications and French language experience.

IMPORTANT: Failure to provide your documents in the correct formats could result in your application being rejected. If your visa application is rejected, the visa fee is not refunded to you. You will have to re-submit your application and pay the $450 again.

Step 2: Create an account

To begin your application, the first step is to create an account called your ImmiAccount. Head to the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) online application site (link found at the bottom of this post). Click ‘Apply’ to create your account and access the application form.

To create your ImmiAccount all you need is your personal contact information, including your email and phone number. You will also be asked to create security questions, so choose answers you will remember!

After creating your account, you will receive a confirmation email. Open this email and click the link provided to confirm your account. Head back to the login in page pictured above and sign in to your ImmiAccount. Once logged in, you will automatically be directed to the visa application form.

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Step 3: Fill out the application

The application form has 12 steps. It is very important that you set aside enough time to carefully read and answer each section. If you make a mistake or falsely answer a question, you may get denied with a non-grant period of ten years and lose your money. The last step of the application form is a review of all your answers. We highly recommend taking extra care to ensure all your answers here are correct.

Tip: You can always save your application and come back to where you left off. Take your time and be sure you fill out the information correctly!

Among tons of other helpful resources, Stepabroad’s Australia Working Holiday Programs provide personal assistance with filling out the application form. We shed light on how to complete each step and ensure you get your visa approved. You will also have the support of our team to ask any questions throughout your entire time in Australia!

The final step of the application form is uploading your documents. Identity documents can be up to 500KB, other documents can be up to 5MB in file size. Most file formats are accepted, including .jpg, .png, .pdf, .doc, etc. Give the files description names such as First name Last name Document Type. Be sure to hit the Attach button after uploading each document, otherwise, the document will not be included in your visa application.

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You must submit your application for it to be processed. You have the choice of submitting it later, but the sooner you submit it, the sooner you will receive your working holiday visa!

On our Sydney Adventure Program, you'll get to do a ton of awesome activities to explore Australia and meet other travellers.

Step 4: Pay for the visa

The visa costs $635 AUD which you can pay with credit or credit/debit cards. Your application will not be processed until your payment has been received.

The charge will show up on your statement in Australian dollars and includes a processing fee between 1 and 2% depending on the type of card you pay with. Your bank may also charge bank or currency conversion fees. In some cases, it may be worth notifying your bank you will be making this foreign currency payment so they do not decline your payment.

You’re almost there! Your trip of a lifetime is just around the corner.

Step 5: Receive your visa!

Processing time to review your application can take anywhere from 1 to 30 business days.

Log in to your ImmiAccount to track your application process during this time. Once your visa has been granted, the status in your ImmiAccount will say ‘GRANTED’ with a letter from the Australian Government.

This letter is your visa grant letter. It contains your visa grant number, the date your visa starts, and the conditions of your visa.

The Australia Working Holiday Visa is an electronic visa. This means it is automatically attached to your passport number in the Australian government’s computer system. You will not receive a sticker or stamp in your passport. When you enter Australia and scan your passport, your visa will be activated.

What happens after I get my visa?

Now that you have your Australia working holiday visa on the way, you can start planning the rest of your trip! What about getting a job, finding a place to live, setting up your bank account, and meeting new friends?

That’s where Stepabroad can help!

We have a few different Australia programs to assist Canadians with planning their working holiday. Don’t spend months searching for a job, or worrying about how to set up your taxes and banking. You’ll have a personal trip coordinator to ensure you are set up for success.

Let our experts take care of the boring stuff while you kick off your working holiday with an adventure-packed week. Imagine starting your trip learning to surf, hanging with kangaroos, dolphin watching, even going on a road trip – all with a group of travelers who just started their and more off your Aussie bucket list! Take a peek at our two Adventure Programs below:

Check out our Sydney Adventure Program!
Or would you prefer Melbourne?!

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How long is the Australia Working Holiday Visa valid for?

The Australia Working Holiday visa is valid for one year starting from the day you first enter the country. It is a multi-entry visa meaning you are allowed to leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like during that year. Yes, that means you can take a vacation to Fiji, Bali or maybe New Zealand during your working holiday! However, keep in mind that while you are outside of Australia your visa is still active. It does not go on hold while you are out of the country and will expire 365 days after you first entered.

How long do I have to enter Australia?

You have one year from the date your visa is granted to enter Australia. If you do not enter Australia during that year, your visa expires and you can not apply for a new one.

I am over 30, can I still get the Australia Working Holiday Visa?

Great news, yes you can! In 2018, Australia raised the age limit for the working holiday visa from 30 to 35. This increased age limit only applies to citizens of Canada, French and Ireland. It’s not too late to take that trip you always dreamed of in Australia!

How do I find a job in Australia?

There are a variety of methods for finding a job in Australia. These include local job boards, Facebook groups or simply getting out and asking around to see who’s hiring.

Stepabroad provides tons of job search support, helping you land a job faster so you can start making money sooner.

Our participants receive professional resume revisions to ensure your resume is Australia-ready, and an informative list of working holiday job boards and job search resources. In addition, we also offer access to exclusive job boards specifically for backpackers and weekly notifications of new job postings. We ensure our participants are well-equipped with all the right tools to successfully begin working holiday life in beautiful Australia!

How much does the Australia working holiday visa cost?

The Australian government charges a fee for this visa, which as of May 2024 is $635 AUD, or about $575 CAD. You are required to pay this fee in the final stage of your visa application. Once you have paid the fee, your visa application then be sent in for processing.

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Additional Resources

Australian Government website for working holiday visa (subclass 417)

International Experience Canada – Countries where Canadians can do a working holiday