WORKING HOLIDAY VISA
Want to spend some time backpacking in Australia but don't have enough funds? Want to be allowed in Australia for up to two years? Want to get some work experience while enjoying a completely different experience in Australia? We have the solution for you and it's called a 'Working Holiday Visa'.
An Australian Working Holiday Visa will give you the opportunity to really experience Australian culture and lifestyle as a local, not as a tourist.
Who knows... you may never want to leave!
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WORKING HOLIDAY VISA- work your way around Australia.. for up to two years!

If you want to funds your vacations in Australia with some casual work that still allows you time to enjoy travelling, a Working Holiday Visa is the answer. The conditions of an Australian Tourist Visa allow you to remain in our wonderful country for up to three months at a time, during a twelve month period. But you are strictly prohibited from working! Of course, this doesn't stop any enterprising young souls from finding some fruit picking work or bar work while they're travelling, but your options of making money are much greater if you have a Working Holiday Visa.

The Working Holiday Program provides an opportunity for young people between 18 and 30 to spend UP TO TWO YEARS exploring Australia, with the option of engaging in casual, what the Immigration Department defines as 'incidental' employment. This means that you can't (or shouldn't) come here on a WHV and take on full time employment for two years. The maximum limit is six months with any particular employer.

Australia currently offers Working Holiday agreements to citizens of Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, anyone over the age of 30 must have sponsorship in order to be able to work in Australia.

CURRENTLY, AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ALMOST 100,000 WORKING HOLIDAY MAKERS EVERY YEAR!

the pre-eminent source of information for people heading to Oz, with over 70,000 members."POMS IN OZ" BACKPACKING AUSTRALIA FORUM
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A forum for Working Holiday Makers!

If you're heading down under for a backpacking or working holiday, then head over to pomsinoz.com and join us on our Australia Backpacking Forum.

Pomsinoz was founded back in 2005 as a social network to cater for people emigrating to Australia and for expats already living down under. Since that time, the forum has grown to become the pre-eminent source of information for people heading to Oz, with over 70,000 members.

The forum has a strong focus on migration/visas and recognising the increasing number of Working Holiday Visa questions we were receiving, around 18 months ago we dedicated a section of the forum specifically for backpacking and WHV discussion.

We regularly post jobs suitable for backpackers on the forum and help is always on hand to answer any questions about visas / working in regional areas, flights, accommodation, places to visit and much more.

Note: It is a little known fact that backpackers who pay tax while working in Australia under a Working Holiday Visa can claim back much of what they paid, even after they have left the country! In some cases, this can be thousands of dollars. Contact us at Cairns Unlimited, and we can help you reclaim what you are owed.

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WHERE CAN I FIND WORK AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Working Holiday Visa program is a great way for backpackers between 18 and 30 years old to enjoy their holidays in Australia. Tropical North Queensland is a great destination for backpackers holding a Working Holiday Visa and looking for casual work. The larger urban centres of CAIRNS and TOWNSVILLE are great places to find casual work in the tourism and hospitality industry, although this can be quite seasonal, with winter being the busy tourist season.

Speaking of 'seasonal', you may have noticed that Queensland is packed with banana, tomato and sugarcane plantations, and farmers can always do with an extra hand - mostly during the harvesting season.

At Cairns Unlimited, we hope you make the most of your time in Tropical North Queensland, so we have summarized the areas and times of the year where it's more likely that you will find work, so you spend less time researching where to go and more time having a bloody awesome working vacations.

Fruit picking and harvesting are two of the most popular areas where backpackers holding an Australia Working Holiday Visa can find seasonal work. TULLY is considered one of the most reliable work venues in Australia all year round. The area around Tully is very prolific, with farms of pumpkins, melons, sugarcane and bananas, which is actually Tully's main industry. You can find work in Tully all year round picking bananas and pawpaws.

AYR and HOME HILL offer harvesting work during the months of November and December. Backpackers looking for work are always welcome.

INNISFAIL remains a popular destination for backpackers seeking employment in the fruit picking industry. The main industry of the area is predominantly banana, although other crops, such as tea, papaws and other exotic fruits are also present. Backpackers looking for work in the Innisfail area, should make their way there between May and December, when the harvesting of bananas is taking place.

BOWEN is well known among backpackers for its realiable fruit picking work. The area is rich with tomato and mango plantations, and the population of the pleasant seaside town swells each year around June with the influx of pickers who are well serviced by the choice of centrally located backpackers hostels.

Bananas Mangoes Tomatoes
Tully All year - -
Ayr - Nov - Dec -
Innisfail All year - -
Bowen - Nov - Dec Jul - Nov

Although anybody with a reasonable level of fitness can do harvesting work, it still requires a lot of effort. So you don't end up in excruciating pain, you should start doing some sit-ups, squats and back exercise at least a couple of weeks before you start working, so your muscles are ready for it. Don't forget a hat and sunscreen and old clothes, preferably long pants and a lightweight long sleeve shirt as well as a pair of working shoes. And always take a bottle of water with you, and take care to stay hydrated during the day. And although it is hard work, you will likely end your Working Holiday with new friends and lifelong memories of your time fruit picking in Tropical North Queensland.

..DALBEG INN
Dalbeg - one hour south (south west) of Ayr (MAP)

www.dalbeginoz.com.au

With seasonal work available from May to November, McShane's Produce at Dalbeg, just south of Ayr and Home Hill, employs from 17 to 30 pickers and packers depending on the weather and quantities of vegetables to be picked. The onsite rural workers camp offers a range of accommodation (twin rooms, single quarters, double bungalows, dormitory and even a fully self-contained cottage)

Guests enjoy clean budget accommodation with full bedding provided, free washing machine (including detergent) and free internet.

There is an onsite bar and shop and a communal area with pool table, games, 106cm plasma televsion, camp kitchen and BBQ facilities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?
Requesting a Working Holiday Visa is easy: you only need to lodge a written application at any overseas visa office or make an application over the Internet to the Immigration Departent at www.immi.gov.au NOTE: All Working Holiday Visa applications must be made overseas, they will not be granted in Australia.

DO I HAVE TO REMAIN IN AUSTRALIA THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TERM OF MY WORKING HOLIDAY VISA?
No. Your Working Holiday Visa is valid for twelve months from the moment you first entry Australia, but you can leave Australia and re-enter the country as often as you want. Remember that the time you spent out of Australia within those twelve months still count as part of your time allowed in the country.

WHAT SORT OF WORK AM I ALLOWED TO DO?
As long as it is temporary or casual work, there are not restrictions in the type of work you do.

ARE THERE OTHER CONDITIONS?
There are a few requirements that you have to fulfill with your Working Holiday Visa. You must not work in the same position for more than six months without prior permission. Remember that your main reason for visiting Australia is travel, and working is only meant to help you with some pocket money while you are here. Working beyond those six months that the visa allows could lead to the immediate cancellation of your Working Holiday Visa and you may even be required to leave Australia.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXTEND MY VISA?
Yes as long as you meet two requirements: that you have been working as a seasonal worker (picking fruit, nuts and other crops, pruning and trimming vines and trees, general maintenance crop work and other work associated with packing or processing the harvest); and that the work you have done has taken place in regional Australia (that means outside of Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne or the ACT). However, when you apply for a second Working Holiday Visa, which allows you another twelve months in Australia, with a total of 24 months altogether, you will have to demonstrate that you still meet the original requirements of a WHV.

CAN I UNDERTAKE STUDIES ON MY WORKING HOLIDAY VISA?
Yes. Working Holiday Visa holders may study or train for up to three months.

DO I NEED TRAVEL/HEALTH INSURANCE?
Although travel insurance is not essential - since Australian Health Services are of high standard - we alway recommend that when travelling, in Australia or anywhere else, you have TRAVEL INSURANCE.

CAN I CHANGE TO ANOTHER TYPE OF VISA?
If while you are in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa you want to change your visa status, it is possible. The outcome will depend on a number of factors, including your country of origin and your personal circumstances. Every individual case is different, so we recommend that you speak to the Immigration Department about your personal situation. You can visit them at www.immi.gov.au

WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO WORK IN AUSTRALIA?
While not compulsory, we strongly advise you to apply for a Tax File Number. Without a tax File Number, you can still work, but the amount of tax witheld from your pay will be significantly higher. You can get hold of one at or by calling the Australian Tax Office on (02) 6216 1111.

Your employer may also require you to open a bank account. To open a bank account you will only need your passport and a postal address. Over the years, we have discovered that internet banking is the best way to go, so you can check your bank details independently of where you are.

WHAT ARE WAGES LIKE?
The majority of Working Holiday makers find themselves involved either in the bar and hospitality industry, or seasonal fruit and vegetable harvesting. A 40 hour week in a bar or cafe should earn you between $700 and $900. Don't expect much in the way of tips. Fruit harvesting wages are about $20/hour, but a hard worker can make much more than this if they are being paid for the quantiy they pick rather than an hourly rate.

Remember that fruit and vegetable work is weather dependent; while you could earn a couple of hundred dollars in a day, the next two days may be ruined by rain. It's something to consider.
... and don't forget that you will have to pay tax on your wages.

WHAT IS SUPERANNUATION (ALSO KNOWN AS SUPER)?
An employer is required by law to contribute a superannuation payment on top of your wage into a superannuation fund. You don't need to do anything, they will do it for you. If you work for many different employers, you may end up with lots of different super funds but you may combine them together into only one. You won't have access to this money until you retire, at 65.

HOW MUCH TAX WILL I PAY?
Bear in mind that every worker in Australia must pay taxes. As a Working Holiday Visa holder, you may not qualify for a tax free threshold, meaning you will be taxed on every dollar you earn. Every time you work for a different employer, you will have to fill in a tax declaration form that your employer will give you when you finish working. If you don't file a tax return at the end of the financial year or before leaving the country, you could end up with a considerable fine.

You can claim some of those taxes back by filling in an Income Tax Return. Remember that the financial year finishes at the end of June and the submission deadline is the last day of October. No problem if you are planning to leave the country before the end of the financial year, you can submit it then any time. To submit the Income Tax Return yourself, you will need to obtain a Tax Pack from the Tax Office or at newsagencies at tax time. Attach your group certificate or statement of earnings, which your employer should have provided when you finished working for them. If you'd rather have an agent submit your return, you will have to pay a small fee but it may be worth it. If you have already left the country by the time your refund is processed, you will receive your cheque at the address you have specified.

WHAT ELSE CAN I CLAIM?
You can also claim part of the 10% GST tax back. Unfortunately the GST that you can claim back only applies to the goods you may be taking with you, and only if the value of thos goods is greater than a government limit, tax inclusive, bought from the same store and no more than 30 days before leaving Australia. If you are planning to claim this back, don't forget to keep the Tax Invoice from the store where you bought them. At the airport, look for the TRS booth in the departure terminal, situated just after the passport control. For more information, call Customs on 1300 363 236.

WHERE SHOULD I LOOK FOR WORK?
It is very easy to find casual work in Australia. Recruitment agencies, classifieds and websites will be extremely useful when looking for a temporary job. Check out our CLASSIFIEDS section, and also the Classified ads in local newspapers.


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