Apr 20, 2018

Have you been saving up for months to travel to Australia? Wait no longer! An Australia Working Holiday Visa will allow you to get a job in Australia to pay off your travel expenses! Working holiday visas allow young Canadians to work in other countries for up to a year without the need for a pre-arranged work contract from an employer. Take advantage of your time in Australia, live like a local, enjoy the sandy beaches, and make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Start your adventure with our Working Holiday Australia Program and let us handle the planning for you. Our program allows you to dream up your adventures while we help you obtain your working holiday visa, find a job, set up your bank account, cell phone and much more!

Australia working Holiday Visa Canadians



Processing time: 8 to 30 days

Application cost: $420 CAD

You must meet these requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • At least 18 and not yet 36 years old
  • No dependent children accompanying you at any time during your stay
  • Hold a Canadian passport that is valid for at least 18 months after the date of travel
  • Proof of sufficient funds (about $5,000 CAD)

You can apply for the Australian Working Holiday Visa only once in your lifetime, so use it wisely! The application is completed online and should take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Below is a simple 4 step process on how to apply for an Australia Working Holiday Visa as a Canadian Passport holder. 

Australian Working Holiday Visa Application


Scroll down for the step-by-step process, or click the links below to skip through them!

Step 1: Create an account

Step 2: Online application

Step 3: Pay for the application

Step 4: Receive your visa


Step 1: Create an account

Head to the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) webpage.

Click Apply now, to create your account and access the application.

Begin application for a working holiday visa in Australia


Create an ImmiAccount. All you need is your personal contact information, including your email and phone number.

Step one for an application for a working holiday visa Australia

You will receive a confirmation email, and be able to log in to your ImmiAccount. You will then automatically be directed to the application for a working holiday visa.

Step 2: Online application

Get started by reading the Terms and Conditions of the application.

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

You will need your passport details and personal information to fill out the application, as well as a way of payment. 

Begin step two of the application for a working holiday visa Australia


You will need your passport for this section! 

Personal Details

Fill out your family (last name) and given (first name) to match what is shown on your passport. Other information that you must fill out is your occupation, passport details, and country of residence.

Step two, personal details for application for working holiday visa Australia


Contact details

It’s important to fill out your current and correct contact information in this section because this is how you will be contacted and notified of your application status once it is launched.

Step two, contact details for application for working holiday visa Australia


Health Declaration

This section will ask you about your health history and determines if you meet health requirements for the working holiday visa.

Step two, health declaration for application for working holiday visa Australia



Character Declarations

Answer the questions accordingly and honestly. This section will determine if you meet character requirements to apply for the working holiday visa.

Step two, character declaration for working holiday visa Australia application


You’re almost done! 



Answer yes (or no) to the questions and complete your application by clicking next!

Step two, declaration for working holiday visa Australia application

Submit your application by clicking “Submit Now” 

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!


Submit application for working holiday visa Australia

Step 3: Pay for the application

The application should cost $440 CAD, this is subject to change, so please plan accordingly.

You will be given options to pay with a debit/credit card, Paypal, UnionPay, or BPAY (Australia bank accounts only). 

Step three, pay for your working holiday visa Australia

Step 4: Receive your visa!

The online application process time can take anywhere from 8 to 30 business days.

You will receive an email about the status of your working holiday visa once it has been processed. You can use your ImmiAccount to track your application process during this time.

The email will contain the granted visa, the duration of your visa, conditions attached to the visa and its file number. This is an electronic visa, which means that you will not have a visa label placed in your passport. The visa will look like the form below.

Tip: Visa holders can access their visa record through Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) serviceThis is an online service to check visa details and conditions for Australian visas.

Example of Australian working holiday visa

Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of jobs can I do in Australia?

Tourism and hospitality are common industries working holiday visa holders work in while in Australia. Check out our Working Holiday Australia Program to see a complete list of areas of work available to you.

How do I find a job in Australia?

Leave that up to us! Once you have decided to join our work holiday program, our placement coordinators will begin searching for job interviews that you will complete within the first week of arriving in Australia. You tell us what kind of industry you want to work in, and we will do our absolute best to make it happen!

What are the restrictions of a working holiday visa?

There are no restrictions on the number of employers you work for, however, you are only allowed to work for one employer for up to 6 months at a time. As a working holiday visa holder, you are allowed to study up to 4 months in Australia and stay in the country for up to 12 months, at which point you must either leave or renew your working holiday visa (we can help you with that too).

How long can I stay in Australia?

With the working holiday visa, you are granted entry up to one year in Australia. You may leave and enter the country as many times as you like during this time. There are no restrictions on having your passport valid for more than 6 months when you enter or leave, however, it is always recommended to update your passport if it will be expiring within 18 months of your departure.

What do I do after arriving in Australia? 

If you plan on working in Australia, you will need to pay taxes on your income. Our placement coordinators will set you up with a Tax File Number and get your Australian bank account set up right away!

Australia working Holiday Visa Canadians

Now that you have your work permit on the way, you can start planning the rest of your trip! Ask your Stepabroad placement coordinator about the Welcome package, which includes the Ultimate Packing List, budgeting tips for the country you will be living in and benefits of going through a Stepabroad program. You can check out other countries that we offer working holiday programs including New Zealand, Japan, and Chile.

Disclaimer: No Legal Advice Provided.

The material on our website and on this webpage is intended to provide only general information and comments to our clients and the public. Although we make our best efforts to ensure that the information found on our website is accurate and timely, you may not, under any circumstances, rely on information found on our website as legal or immigration advice. Nor do we guarantee the accuracy of any information contained on websites to which our website provide links. For assistance with your specific inquiry or problem, please contact an immigration consultant or call the nearest Australian consulate. 


Australian Government website for working holiday visa (subclass 417)

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