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The Australian Government is pleased to confirm that Australia has negotiated a Work and Holiday Arrangement with China. This arrangement will allow up to 5000 young Chinese people with tertiary education and English skills to experience a working holiday in Australia.
The Work and Holiday visa will provide a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for Chinese participants. It is also an opportunity for cultural exchange and building closer cultural ties between China and Australia.
The following Frequently Asked Questions provides further details about the Work and Holiday Arrangement with China. There are a range of details relating to the process for lodgement and timing for applications which are still under development.
This website will be updated as new information becomes available so you may wish to check back regularly.
For more detail on the requirements of the Work and Holiday visa please see our checklist
- Have China and Australia negotiated a Work and Holiday visa arrangement?
- When can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
- How many Chinese young people can apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
- What can a Work and Holiday visa holder do in Australia?
- What are the visa\'s eligibility requirements?
- Is there an age limit for a Work and Holiday visa?
- What will I need to provide in my application and where will I send it?
- How much will the visa cost?
- Will the annual limit of 5000 places be increased?
- Are the 5000 participants individually selected?
- How many times can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
- Where can I find more information on Australia’s Work and Holiday visa?
- Will Australians be able to apply for a Work and Holiday visa to China?
- Is an IELTS result the only measurement of English language ability that I can submit to support my application?
- Will I have to attend an interview as part of my application for a Work and Holiday visa?
- How long after I book an appointment online will I need to submit my documents to an AVAC?
- What are my rights in Australia? What sort of protection am I offered in Australian work places?
- I have multiple degrees or qualifications. Should I only provide my highest qualification?
- I live in a city that does not have an AVAC at this time. Will I need to travel to Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou to submit my application?
- Formal language testing only occurs at certain times during the year. When do I have to provide evidence of my ‘functional English’ ability?
- Will I need to pay my application fee when I book my appointment using the online system?
- Can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa while I am overseas?
- Are there any agents in China, such as KDP agents, that can assist with submitting a Work and Holiday visa on my behalf?
- What is the standard processing time for a Work and Holiday visa?
- How long will my Work and Holiday visa be valid for?
Completing your health requirement prior to lodging your Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa application may shorten the time it takes a visa officer to reach a decision on your case.
- What are the health requirements?
- When should I complete the health examinations?
- How do I access My Health Declarations?
- How do I complete the health examinations?
- How does My Health Declaration work?
- What is a HAP ID and where can I find it?
- Why should I complete my health requirement prior to lodging my application?
- What if I have already completed a health examination recently?
- If I complete my health examination but my visa is not approved will the cost of my health examination be refunded?
- What should I do if I experience technical difficulties accessing or using My Health Declarations?
Yes. China and Australia have agreed to establish a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement.
The online system to book an appointment to lodge a Work and Holiday （subclass 462） visa will open on Monday 7 March 2016 at 9:00AM Beijing time. Once you have successful booked an appointment you will have to attend an AVAC in person to submit your application.
There is an annual limit of 5000 places for Chinese participants. Once this number is reached no further visa applications will be accepted by Australia until the following year.
The Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa will allow participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism.
In addition, the visa allows the holder to:
• stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival;
• work for the 12 month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and
• study for up to four months.
General eligibility requirements for Chinese Work and Holiday visa applicants are:
• hold a valid Chinese passport;
• are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged;
• will not be with a dependent child while in Australia;
• have enough money for support on a working holiday (about AUD $5000);
• have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia;
• have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417);
• hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study;
• have functional English (equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher);
• meet character and health requirements; and
• are a genuine visitor.More detailed information about what is involved in meeting these requirements will be made available closer to the date the arrangement commences.
Yes. Applicants for the Chinese Work and Holiday visa must be at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time of lodging the application.
Further details about what will be required of applicants and where to send applications will be available soon. This information will be published on this website and the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
For weekly updates, follow us on PD Weibo, Sina Weibo, or search for ‘AustralianAmbassador’ on Weixin.
As at 1 July 2015, the base cost of the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa is AUD $440 / CNY ¥2120.
This is a matter for the Australian and Chinese governments to consider once the arrangement has been in operation for a period of time.
Anyone who meets the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa’s eligibility requirements can apply.
The subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa provides a unique ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for participants. Consequently, participants can only ever apply for one such visa.
Further general information can be found on the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at: Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
The arrangement will initially allow Chinese participants to visit Australia. There is a mechanism for review should China be in a position to offer opportunities to Australians in the future.
14. Is an IELTS result the only measurement of English language ability that I can submit to support my application?
IELTS is not the only English language test score that is accepted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. A TOEFL score of 32 on an internet-based test (iBT) is suitable evidence to provide with your application. As are equivalent scores from the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the Cambridge English: Academic (CEA) test, the Occupational English Test (OET).
Note: applicants for the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa must have gained a qualifying result from at least one of these tests in the past 12 months.
Aside from these formalised tests, the Department also accepts that significant experience in an academic environment where the instruction is wholly in English is sufficient evidence of your English language ability. For example, at least five years of high school or a post-secondary qualification with at least two years of full-time study where all instruction was conducted in English would be sufficient demonstration of ‘functional English’. For more information please see the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at: ‘How can I prove that I have functional English?’
For applicants who have sat the PTE, in addition to submitting your paper report with your visa application, please follow the Send Your Score guide on the Pearson website to find out how to send your results for DIBP verification.
You will not be required to attend a face-to-face interview to support your application for a Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. However, you may be contacted by a visa officer and asked to supply further evidence in support of your application.
Appointments to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application must be booked in advance through the online booking system. You will need to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China to personally submit your application and supporting documents. For information about when the appointment booking period opens, follow us on PD Weibo, Sina Weibo, or search for ‘AustralianAmbassador’ on Weixin.
As part of the online booking process you will be asked to nominate a time and date to submit your application. The date and time of an application appointment will depend on appointment availability at your nearest AVAC.
17. What are my rights in Australia? What sort of protection am I offered in Australian work places?
All workers in Australia, including Work and Holiday visa holders, are covered by the same workplace laws regarding their pay and conditions. The Fair Work Ombudsman has responsibility for ensuring compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. More information is available at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/contact-us/language-help/chinese
To be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) visa you must have completed a minimum of two years of university education. You should provide notarised copies of each of your qualifications and academic transcripts with your application.
19. I live in a city that does not have an AVAC at this time. Will I need to travel to Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou to submit my application?
Yes. First you will need to make an appointment through the online booking system to submit your application at one of the AVACs – either in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou. Once an appointment has been successfully booked, you will need to travel to the nominated AVAC to submit your Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa application in person.
20. Formal language testing only occurs at certain times during the year. When do I have to provide evidence of my 'functional English' ability?
Evidence of your English language ability must be submitted at the time you submit your visa application, along with your other supporting documentation. It is important that you complete your chosen language test ahead of time. To find out more about English language requirements please refer to the ‘How do I prove I have functional English’ FAQ on the official website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
No. You will have to pay your visa application fee on the day you submit your visa application at an AVAC. Payment should be made in cash at the AVAC.
Chinese applicants for the Work and Holiday visa will be required to make an appointment through an online booking system and then personally attend an AVAC in China to submit their application. This will be the only way to submit applications for the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. Australia currently has AVACs situated in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. For contact details of AVACs in China please see our website here or visit the VFS global website here.
23. Are there any agents in China, such as KDP agents, that can assist with submitting a Work and Holiday visa on my behalf?
All Subclass 462 Work and Holiday applicants must make an appointment through an online booking system and then submit their application in person at an AVAC. Your passport will be required as proof of identity at the time of submitting your application.
We aim to process 75% of Work and Holiday visas within 14 days. This processing time commences once a valid application is received by a DIBP office, not on the day that your visa application is submitted at an AVAC. While most applications are processed within this timeframe, processing may take longer if your application is incomplete, or if you are requested to provide further information.
If you are granted a Work and Holiday visa it will be valid for one year from the date you arrive in Australia.
My Health Declaration FAQs for Subclass 462 Working Holiday visa applicants
In order to be granted a Subclass 462 Working Holiday visa, you must meet the health requirements.
If you would like to complete your health examination before lodging your Subclass 462 Work and Holiday application, please refer to My Health Declaration, see: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal/meeting-the-health-requirement/health-examinations/my-health-declarations. This may reduce the time taken to process your visa application.
For more information on the Health Requirement, see: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal
For details of the panel physicians in China see: http://www.border.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations/china
You should only complete your health examinations prior to attending your application lodgement appointment.
You should not complete your health examinations if you do not have an appointment to lodge a Subclass 462 Working Holiday visa application as health examination results are generally only valid for a maximum of 12 months.
Go to the My Health Declarations support page on the department’s website and click on the link provided to start your My Health Declaration form.
You will then be prompted to set up an ImmiAccount. Once you have logged into ImmiAccount click on the New Application button. Then click on the My Health Declarations link by expanding the Health application group.
Once you have secured an application lodgement appointment, please complete the My Health Declaration online form to determine which health examinations you are required to complete.
When you have completed the My Health Declaration online form a link to organise health examinations will appear. Follow the instructions provided to complete your health examinations before lodging your visa application.
- When you click on the link to organise your health examinations, you will be asked to:
- record medical history information online before completing your examinations (if a medical examination is required only);
- consent to having your health examinations recorded electronically in eMedical, our health processing system; and
- download a referral letter which will contain a health identifier (HAP ID) for you and any family members listed in My Health Declarations.
Your referral letter will outline which health examinations you are required to complete and enable you to complete these at an approved panel clinic. When you make your appointment, provide your HAP ID to the panel clinic and take your referral letter to your appointment.
You must also record your HAP ID on your application form. If you do not record your HAP ID on your application form, your application may be delayed.
My Health Declarations is an online service available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website which allows you to determine what health examinations you are required to complete and to proceed to undertake those examinations prior to lodging a visa application.
Once you have undertaken your health examinations the panel doctor will submit the health results electronically to the department for processing. You can then proceed to lodge your visa application. You should indicate in the application form that you have completed your health examinations and provide your HAP ID. This will then facilitate the processing of your visa application.
A HAP ID is a health identifier. The HAP ID allows the panel doctor to know which health examinations you are required to complete and allows them to provide the outcome of your health examinations to the department electronically. The HAP ID will also allow your case officer to confirm that you have met the health requirements.
Your HAP ID will appear on the referral letter which is issued to you electronically once you have completed the My Health Declaration online form.
You should indicate in the application form that you have completed your health examinations and provide your HAP ID. This will then facilitate the processing of your visa application.
All Chinese citizens who apply for a Subclass 462 Working Holiday visas are required to undergo a health examination in order to meet the health requirement. The health examinations will include a medical examination and a chest x-ray; other examinations may be required depending on your personal circumstances.
Completing your health requirement prior to lodging your Subclass 462 Working Holiday visa application will ensure that there are no delays in processing your application.
If you have completed your health examinations in the last 6-12 months, you might lodge your visa application first and wait to be contacted by the processing officer for advice about whether further health examinations are required. My Health Declarations cannot provide this advice.
No. The cost of the health examination cannot be refunded if your visa application is not granted. Health examinations are valid for 12 months and can be used with other visa applications.
If you are having any technical difficulties with My Health Declarations, see the user support information.
If you have questions about your health examinations results, you should ask your case officer after you have lodged your visa application.
page last updated 10 March 2016