Second working holiday visa requirements

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Second working holiday visa requirements

From 31 August 2015, all applicants for a second Working Holiday Visa must provide pay slips as evidence of appropriate remuneration.  Remember that in order to apply for a second Working Holiday visa, you must have already completed three months of specified work in regional Australia. This specified work must have been completed while on your first Working Holiday visa. In general ‘3 months’ means 3 ‘calendar’ months or 88 days. One full day of work is defined as having worked the minimum number of hours considered to be a standard day by the particular industry in which you are employed. In calculating the period of time for which you have undertaken specified work, the type of employment relationship that you may have with your employer, including full/part time employment, casual employment or voluntary employment, is not as important as whether the relevant industry considers the period of work completed to be equivalent to full time work for that industry.

Specified work is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ field or industry in a designated regional area.

The Department says that this will ensure that work undertaken by WHV holders is performed in accordance with workplace law. All WHV holders should also be aware that all Australian employers are legally required to provide their employees with pay slips.

Work performed before this commencement date will not require pay slip evidence.

Electronic copies of applicants pay slips can be uploaded as attachments to their online second WHV application, or hard copies can be provided with their paper application.

Pay slips need to show that your specified work was paid work and that the pay was in accord with the basic pay entitlements that employees should receive when working in Australia. Australian rates of pay can be found on the Fair Work Ombudsman website. See here or here.

Voluntary work will not be accepted for this purpose.

More information on second WHVs can be found on the Department’s blog here

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