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COVID-19 and Working Holiday Makers

Depending on what industry you are working in, the advice will be different. For advice tailored to your situation, please get in touch either by going to and filling in our survey or email us at

People who are working in critical areas such as health care, aged and disability care, agriculture, food processing and childcare are exempt from the six month work limitation with one employer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has provided flexible arrangements for the ongoing employment in these sectors. This includes some working holiday makers in the critical services being eligible for a further visa to continue working in these sectors, even if your visa is due to expire in the next 6 months. There is also another temporary visa that you can apply for if you are not eligible for the extension.

If you are not working in one of the critical areas mentioned above, but also cannot return to your home country due to border restrictions, you may be able to apply for a further working holiday maker visa. There is a specific visa for people working in regional Australia in industries such as mining, construction, fishing, farming and bush fire recovery. We can let you know what Visa you are eligible for if you get in touch.

There are a few requirements that you will need to be aware of when applying to extend your Working Holiday Maker visa and every situation is different, so please contact us at if you need further information.

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