Second Year Visa Australia

Want to stay in Australia for another year but worried you wont get a second visa? 

Fortunately you can extend your working holiday for another year and keep living the Aussie dream, but there are some requirements you must meet;


To be eligible for a second working holiday visa: 

In May 2015 the government announced that voluntary work will be removed from the list options available to get a Second Year Visa. When you are looking for suitable work seek employers who provide a payslip. 

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 Links to information below

o Specified work
o You must have a primary role
o Postcodes
o How to calculate your specified work
o Providing evidence of specified work
o Third-party contact
o Doing volunteering as specified work
o Ways to find specified work
 Tip: Plan Ahead To Get "Specified Work" During Your First Year 

Specified Work

There are five types of specified work you can do to get a second working holiday visa.

1. Plant and Animal Cultivation:
This is the most popular type of specified work among backpackers, and includes:
2. Fishing and Pearling:
3. Tree Farming and Felling:
4. Mining:
5. Construction:

Primary Role

You must have a primary role in these sectors in order to be eligible for a second working holiday visa. For example, jobs that don’t count would be: working on a farm, but as a nanny; or working in the construction sector, but as a secretary.

Post Codes

There are only certain postcodes you can work in in order to complete your specified work. Always be sure to ask your potential employer exactly what post code you will be working in. A full list of post codes can be found here (scroll to the “Regional Australia” section heading). 

How to Calculate Your Specified Work

Recently, the rules regarding how you calculate your days, and hours within each working day, have become stricter. The specified work should be carried out over 3 calendar months or 88 days. Australian public holidays and sick days can be included in your calculation for specified work if you are paid for these days. But you can’t include unpaid days when you were unable to work due to severe weather.

You also need to work a minimum number of standard hours according to the industry or the role you are employed in. Generally speaking this is about 6 to 8 hours a day. However, if you work 12 to 16 hours in one day, you cannot count it as two days (essentially, you can’t aim to complete three months of specified work in a total period of less than three calendar months). The specified work does not necessarily need to be completed in one go. You can work in separate blocks for different employers, or for the same employer. 

Providing Evidence of Specified Work

When applying for a second holiday visa, you may need to provide evidence to show that you have completed the work over the specified time period.

Evidence can include: payslips; group certificates; references from your employer; an employment verification form signed by your employer; or an original bank statement covering the time period between starting and finishing the specified work.

Third-Party Contact

It has now become standard for the department of immigration to contact your employer to verify that you did work there during the specified period.

Doing Volunteering as Specified Work

ANNOUNCEMENT: In December 2015 the government announced that voluntary work will be removed from the list of options available to get a Second Year Visa. When you are looking for suitable work, seek employers who provide a payslip. 

In any case, it is best to try getting a paid job, where your wages are paid into your bank account. This way, you can give an original bank statement as evidence, which will help your application go through a lot faster. Ohh there is another advantage - you get paid.

Ways to Find Specified Work

You can find specified work through jobs listed here, classified ads, agencies, websites like Gumtree or The Harvest Trail website. Hostel notice boards are also a great way to find regional work in Australia.

For more information on what you need to do to get a second working holiday visa and specified work requirements check out the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.


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