What is a Working Holiday Maker?
The Working Holiday Maker program allows young adults (18 to 30) from eligible partner countries to work in Australia while having an extended holiday. Work in Australia must not be the main purpose of the visa holder’s visit. The Working Holiday Maker program includes the Working Holiday (subclass 417), Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) & Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas.

What do I need to do to employ a Working Holiday Maker?
To employ working holiday makers in Australia on a visa subclass 417, 457 or 462, you need to:

  1. Register your Company with the ATO here before your first payment to a working holiday maker.
  2. Check your worker has a visa subclass 417, 457 or 462 using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service here
  3. Set that you are Registered as an employer of Working Holiday Makers in your Company Details, read here
  4. Add the new Working Holiday Maker Employee using the Employee Wizard, read here

With the changes to Working Holiday Makers, what do I do on and after 1 January 2017 to correctly update existing Employees?

  1. Register your Company with the ATO here before your first payment to a working holiday maker.
  2. Check your worker has a visa subclass 417, 457 or 462 using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service here
  3. Set that you are Registered as an employer of Working Holiday Makers in your Company Details, read here
  4. Ensure you have registered with the ATO here before your first payment to a working holiday maker.
  5. Read here to set that you are Registered as an employer of Working Holiday Makers
  6. Read here to manually cease (terminate) the required Employee/s.
  7. Read here to reinstate the required Employee/s.
  8. Read here to change the Employees Payee Type to Working Holiday Maker

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Last modified: 2020/03/10

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