In the article below, you will find all the information you need to know, in order to complete your 88 days visa work in Australia.
This information has been compiled through online sources, government websites and our own personal experiences of running an employment service for WHV holders in Australia.
There are many different industries you can work in to complete your specified work requirement to qualify for your
Approved industries for specified regional work include:
417 WHV Holders can work for 6 months with the same employer, unless working in Plant and Animal Cultivation which has been extended to 12 months.
For exact position types, please click here.
Approved industries for specified regional work include:
462 WHV Holders can work for 6 months with the same employer, unless working in Plant and Animal Cultivation which has been extended to 12 months.
For exact position types, please click here
Regional work must be in a valid regional postcode in Australia. Make sure you check the postcode before you start employment. Here is the full list of all the valid regional work postcodes in Australia via the Australia government website.
New South Wales
(most areas except the greater Sydney area, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong)
2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2899.
(most areas except the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast)
4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4510, 4512, 4515 to 4519, 4522 to 4899.
(most areas except the greater Melbourne area)
3139, 3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996.
(most areas except Perth and surrounding areas)
6041 to 6044, 6055 to 6056, 6069, 6076, 6083 to 6084, 6111, 6121 to 6126, 6200 to 6799.
462 visa holders must complete valid work (defined above) above the Northern Capricorn line. This includes the Northern Territory and northern parts of Western Australia and Queensland.
As of November 2018, 462 visa holders can now complete Plant and Animal Cultivation work in any regional location across Australia, not just above the Northern Capricorn line.
In addition to this, 462 Visa Holders can now work for up to 12 months with the same employer, as long as the work is within Plant and Animal Cultivation.
4472, 4478, 4481 to 4482, 4680, 4694 to 4695,4697, 4699 to 4707, 4709 to 4712, 4717, 4720 to 4721, 4723 to 4728, 4730, 4732 to 4733, 4735, 4737 to 4746, 4750 to 4751, 4753 to 4754, 4756 to 4757, 4798 to 4800, 4801 to 4812 , 4814 to 4825, 4828 to 4830, 4849 to 4850, 4852, 4854 to 4856, 4858 to 4861, 4865, 4868 to 4888, 4890 to 4892, 4895.
0872, 6537, 6642, 6646, 6701, 6705, 6707, 6710 to 6714, 6716, 6718, 6720 to 6722, 6725 to 6726, 6728, 6740, 6743, 6751, 6753 to 6754, 6758, 6760, 6762, 6765, 6770.
Pay rates and conditions vary with industry and may include:
· Wages paid on a weekly basis
· Work paid on an hourly basis
· Piecework paid on a per unit harvested basis
If you are working on a Casual basis, the minimum amount you can be paid on an hourly rate as of July 2018 is $23.66 + Superannuation
If you are working on a Full Time/Part Time basis, the minimum amount you can be paid on an hourly rate as of July 2018 is $18.93 + Superannuation
Full time and Part time minimum employment rates are lower,
If you are engaged on a casual basis, you do not receive sick pay/holiday pay, you have no guaranteed hours and can be terminated immediately.
Piece rates are set by the employer for the designated task needed completing. You must sign a piece rate contract, agreeing to the price offered by the employer.
Piece rate allows fast/experienced workers to earn more than the minimum hourly rate.
There is no minimum amount an employee must be paid on a daily
It’s very hard to prove what an “average competent worker” can do, but this is decided by the employer. Often it will take inexperienced backpackers a few weeks to get up to speed and become “average competent workers”.
Employees can work as little or as much as they like and get paid per unit. (This means if you work for just 1hour, you can count it as one of your 88 days).
In order to count your weekends as well (7 days), you must be working 35+ hours in a week.
Minimum rates of pay are regulated for all industries, and you can check the correct rates of pay and employment conditions with the Fair Work Ombudsman or call 13 13 94
Superannuation is a form of savings where money is set aside by your employer and invested for your retirement.
Australia has a Superannuation Guarantee scheme, and your employer may be required to pay superannuation deductions on your behalf, depending on the amount you earn.
You can claim a percentage of your superannuation back when you leave Australia.
Further information on superannuation is available from the Australian Tax Office.
Superannuation Information Line: 13 10 20 or at the superannuation home page which is part of the Australian Tax Office website at www.ato.gov.au
To be eligible for a second working holiday visa, you must complete three ‘calendar’ months or 88 days of specified work in regional Australia while on your first year Working Holiday Visa.
Piece Rate Example: Ben works on a fruit orchard picking and packing mangoes. Ben is working on a piecework rate and works five or six days a week for three months. Depending on the weather and ripening of crops he works between five to eight hours each working day. Ben can count all of these days of work towards the three
Hourly/Salaried Example: Holly works full-time for a construction company in rural Victoria as a builder from 1 December to 26 February, a total of 88 calendar days. Holly works five days a week (Monday
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Working Hostels are accommodation providers that have links with employers in their local areas. They will help you find a job, in exchange for staying at their accommodation.
Some have gained a bad reputation for promising backpackers work, without having any available. This is so the backpacker stays in the hostel and pays them money.
This is not the case with the reputable Working Hostels, but it’s happening across Australia.
Reputable Working Hostels are a very good way of finding and completing your 88 days.
They take away the hassle of finding the work, sourcing your accommodation and using your own transport. 3 of the biggest hassles associated with your 88 days. The hostel will often be full of other backpackers completing their 88 days, so you can share stories and experiences with others, rather than completing the work on your own!
Many backpackers have an amazing time at reputable Working Hostels and often stay on to work for
Before arriving at the Hostel, make sure you ask the owner a few simple questions:
Another way to complete your 88 days is to find work with a direct employer. This means you do not have to go through a working hostel to find your work, you contact an employer yourself and get offered a job.
This is a great way to find work as the employer does not have to pay any money to outside services to find them a worker for their available positions.
You will have to time your calls to ensure they are in line with the employers’ seasonal requirements.
Do not simply arrive on
You do not need your employer to complete a form and “sign off your days”, in order to apply for the 2nd year visa. Some workers have been threatened with this in the past, so do not allow that to happen.
Employers will sometimes ask applicants for their age, height, and weight. It is not illegal for
(Banana humping is a good example as you will need to be 6ft+ and able to carry 20–40kgs on your shoulder in 30+ degree heat). If the position does not require a certain body type, we wouldn’t recommend engaging with that employer (hospitality roles are a good example).
When approaching an employer directly for work, make sure you ask the following questions:
The easiest way to complete your 88 days is to have your own transport available. This is because you can easily access regional areas of Australia, without relying on infrequent and expensive public transport.
Employers often prefer applicants who have their own transport as they can easily move around the work site and the employer does not have to offer pickup services from local towns or hostels.
You can also team up with other
If you get a campervan, you can also save money on accommodation, which is often hard to find in regional Australia! When you are finished with your transport, you can often sell it to another backpacker for them to use.
If you have no
Although you will still be able to gain work with Direct Employers, you will need to be able to ensure you can arrive on time each working day and have your reliable transport options planned ahead of time.
Good luck with completing your 88 days in Australia!
We hope you found this article of use.
Extend Oz Team