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Australia makes it even easier for Brits to visit and work Down Under 🇦🇺🦘

The new Australia/UK free trade deal means it will now be even easier for UK citizens under 35 to travel, work and live in Australia for up to three years - without the need to do any farm work!

Applications are now open!

Published by
C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe·07/07/2023

In December 2021, Australia and the UK signed a Free Trade agreement, and the changes have now come into effect since 1 July 2023.

The massive changes, that will impact backpackers wanting to live and work in Australia, as well as those that may be looking to settle there, will make travelling, living and working much easier.

Tough rules that date back over 10 years, meant that Brits were required to spend part of their visa working in specific positions such as remote farms or hospitality, will now be axed. This means UK nationals can stay the full three years without having to complete months of labouring on farms or other roles.

What changes are there?

  • The Working Holiday visa (WHM) age limit increases from 30 to 35 (and you can apply for this until the day before your 36th birthday)

  • The rule to 'undertake specified work' such as fruit picking and rural farm work will be dropped

  • The rule on a 6-month limit per employer will remain

  • The Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa lasts one year, with two extensions possible up to a maximum of three years

How do I apply?

The new changes came into effect on 1 July, so you can apply to for the new visa conditions.

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