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Update for Visa Subclass 462 and 417 Holder after the Bushfires


Updated Regulations for Work & Holiday Visa Subclass 462 & Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417 Holder After Australia Bushfires

Department of Home affairs just announced new rules for visa subclass 462 (Work and Holiday) Visa and Subclass 417 (Working Holiday) after Australia bushfires. Young people on working holiday visas will be able to help bushfire- affected communities get back on their feet following changes announced on the 5th of March by the Morrison Government. The new rules for working holiday visas would be welcome news to farmers and regional businesses. It means working holidaymakers can help rebuild homes, fences and farms. They can get onto properties and help with demolition, land clearing, and repairing dams, roads and railways. 

One of the purposes of the regulation is to specify areas of Australia affected by bushfires occurring after the 31st of July 2019 and before the 1st of March 2020. Another purpose is to determine bushfire recovery work as work undertaken, including on a volunteer basis, carried out after the 31st of July 2019 in a specified area. The last purpose is to specify construction work as a kind of work for areas specified in the subsection, in alignment with specified work for visa subclass 417 (Working Holiday) and the subclass 462 (Work and Holiday).

Summary of working holiday visa (WHM) changes after Australia bushfires

The time a Working Holiday Maker can work with the same employer has been extended from six months to 12 months for those assisting with bushfire recovery efforts through a change in policy. This is consistent with arrangements put in place for recovery efforts following Cyclone Debbie in 2017. 

The definition of “specified work” will be revised for the Work and Holiday Maker (subclass 462) visa, to ensure construction work in a disaster declared area is captured. This is consistent with existing arrangements for Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders.

Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in declared areas impacted in the recent bushfires will count towards the “specified work” needed to apply for a second or third year 417 or 462 visa. For other parts of the regulations that remain unchanged, no further consultation was required. 

Are you still confused about the above news? Indah Melindasari and the team at ONE derland Consulting will help you to understand what you have to do and also provide the best options for applying for your  Australian working holiday visa. ONE derland consulting will take the time and compile all documents needed and guarantee that your application is 100% ready before submitting, ensuring a positive outcome for your visa application. 

If you are considering applying for working holiday visa 417 or Work & Holiday Visa 417, do not risk a visa refusal by handling it yourself as there will be many assessments for you to fulfil the requirements of the visas. A visa application requires detailed and complete applications to be granted. Do not underestimate your application, when there is a highly professional and trusted migration agent to help you avoid visa rejection. ONE derland Consulting has years’ worth of experience in all matter of visas. 

Indah Melindasari, our principal migration agent (MARN: 0961448), is an experienced agent with the one-decade worth of experience dealing with working and employer-sponsored visas. As a registered Australian migration agent with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), we are regulated in our professional practice. We are bound by the profession’s Code of Conduct issued by the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Take the first leap and get in touch with us. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will help make your dreams come true. Contact us through email at [email protected] or via phone at 08 9477 5831 (Perth), 02 9188 2065 (Sydney) or 03 9088 4114 (Melbourne).   

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