Exciting Updates for Work and Holiday Visas: New Opportunities for UK Passport Holders!

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (Australia-UK FTA) has brought about significant changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program and Youth Mobility Scheme, opening up new avenues of exploration and adventure for UK passport holders.

These updates, effective from 1 July 2023, have expanded the age range and eliminated certain work requirements, making the process more accessible and attractive to a wider range of individuals.

In this article, we will delve into the details of these exciting developments and discuss how they present a golden opportunity for UK passport holders seeking work and holiday experiences in Australia.


The new arrangements under the Working Holiday Maker program and Youth Mobility Scheme signify a thriving collaboration between Australia and the UK, enabling individuals to embark on transformative journeys Down Under. From the commencement of these updates, UK passport holders between the ages of 18 and 35 years will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa, broadening the age limit and granting access to a larger demographic of enthusiastic travelers.


Commencement of New Arrangements:

Effective 1 July 2023, UK passport holders aged between 18 and 35 can apply for a Working Holiday visa. From 1 July 2024, UK passport holders can obtain up to three separate Working Holiday visas without fulfilling any specified work requirements.


Increased Eligible Age Range for UK Applicants:

The age limit for UK applicants has been extended. Starting from 1 July 2023, individuals can apply for a Working Holiday visa until the day before their 36th birthday.


Removal of ‘Specified Work’ Requirements:

Previously, applicants seeking a second or third Working Holiday visa had to demonstrate three or six months of ‘specified work.’

However, starting from 1 July 2024, UK passport holders will no longer be required to fulfill this work requirement for subsequent visa applications.


Maximum Stay of Three Years:

The current arrangement allows Working Holiday visa holders to stay in Australia for a total of three years, consisting of three separate 12-month visas. This duration remains unchanged, ensuring that UK passport holders can still enjoy extended stays in Australia.


Flexibility in Applying for Multiple Visas:

UK passport holders can now choose to apply for their first, second, and third Working Holiday visas at any time within the eligible age range. Applicants are not obligated to spend three consecutive years in Australia. They can submit applications for subsequent visas from within and outside Australia.


Find further details about new arrangements released from Australian Government of Home Affairs here



The recent updates to the Work and Holiday visa arrangements for UK passport holders have opened up exciting new possibilities. From an increased age limit to the removal of specified work requirements, these changes offer greater flexibility and ease of access to multiple visas.

Please note: All other existing arrangements under the WHM program will continue to apply to UK passport holders.


If you’re considering applying for a Work and Holiday visa, NB Migration Law is here to assist you throughout the process. Contact us today to make the most of these fantastic opportunities!

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