Please note: there is only a limited number of Work and Holiday Visas for au pairs from certain countries.
To be entitled to a Work and Holiday visa, you need to be aged 18 to 30 and be a citizen of one of the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA or Vietnam
Furthermore, you need to meet other criteria, depending on your home country. The most important of these can be found in our Quick Check. The pages of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208) will also offer you a detailed overview of all (country-specific) conditions.
To apply for your Work and Holiday visa, you need a valid passport, which the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recommends is valid for at least another six months after you have handed in your application.
Complete the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208), ensuring that you add all the necessary attachments. Citizens of Bangladesh and Malaysia additionally need to provide their biometric data. The Australian Government Office then needs to confirm the attachments for your application, which may have to meet additional local criteria. The Visa Application Centre of the country which issued your passport may be able to help you with this.
Send your completed application by post or fax to the Australian Immigration Office in the country which issued your passport. You will find the address on the pages of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or if you so wish, you can hand in your application in person.
US citizens can apply with any Australian immigration office outside of Australia or apply for their visa online.
Please note that you will have to pay a fee for your Work and Holiday visa.
The authorities will check your application, and may ask you to provide further information, if required.
If your visa is approved, you will receive a notification by post or e-mail. You should always have this notification at hand, as it describes your visa conditions. Your visa is electronically linked to your passport number, indicated on your visa application.
You can always check your visa online via the free online service VEVO. Therefore, you only need a visa sticker in your passport if the Department specifically states so in your visa notification. In this case, you will receive it from any Australian Departmental Office.
The visa is valid for 12 months. If you apply for it outside of Australia, the start date will be the day you enter Australia. With the Work and Holiday visa, you may not work for the same employer for any longer than 6 months, but you may study or do a training course for up to 4 months. Au pairs entering Australia on a Work and Holiday visa, on the other hand, are allowed to stay with their host families for up to 12 months (according to the decision of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection of July 2015).
Further information on this and more can be found in the application form for the Work and Holiday visa. This is where you will find out from which date your visa will be valid or what you need to do should your details change, for instance.
We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.