2015 changes to 2nd visa application for working holiday visa (payslips)

working-holiday-visa-changes-workingAustralia’s Working Holiday visa programm is a great way for people aged 18-30 to have a holiday in Australia while earning money through short-term employment. Two types of Working Holiday visas are available: Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). The kind visa you may apply for depends on a country of your passport. These visas are allowing you to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.

As you can only get a Working Holiday Maker visa once, it’s a once in a lifetime experience! But there is an exception – the second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa. If you have spent at least 88 days working in regional Australia on a specified work, you might be eligible to apply for a second 417 visa. You can find more information about what ‘regional Australia’ and ‘specified work’ means on the visa applicants tab of the Working Holiday visa page.

The second Working Holiday visa helps encourage Working Holiday visa makers to leave the big cities and spend some time working in regional parts of Australia instead.  It also helps businesses in these areas to get the workers they require to run their business, particularly in seasonal periods.

What are the changes to 2nd visa application for working holiday visa

It is very common that working holiday makers are applying for their 2nd Working Holiday visa. The problem is that some visa holders were claiming for work that they never did, and some employers aren’t paying WHV holders a lawful wage for their work.

The change is that for work commenced after 31 August, Working Holiday Visa holders needs to have pay slips that cover each day of work when submitting an application for a second Working Holiday visa.  Electronic copies of payslips or hard copies can be provided to Department of Immigration dependant whether you’re applying online or with a paper application.

What if I’m not given pay slips from my employer while working as Working Holiday Visa holder?

You should (have to) ask your employer for pay slips. It’s their legal obligation to provide with adequate document. Please keep in mind pay slips have to contain certain information. For more information you may go to Fairwork Australia website.

How do I know if I’ve been paid the right amount?

Sometimes your pay rate will be set by the minimum wage, which is $17.29 per hour (before tax, as of November 2015).  You may be entitled to a better rate if you are covered by enterprise agreement or other registered agreement or an award. For more information about pay, and to use the ‘Pay Calculator’ check pay calculator.

Does volunteer work count toward specific regional work for 2nd Working Holiday Visa?

It’s great that you are considering to volunteer, but you will not be able to include this work in your 88 days specified work if you start the volunteer work after 31 August 2015. You can still claim volunteering work before which commenced before 31 August as you don’t have to provide pay slips for that period of time.

There are some new changes to WHV programme, but that’s gonna be a topic for another post. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know.

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