Good news for working holidays

New Western Australian postcodes for the Working Holiday visa

Australia’s Working Holiday visa (‘WHV’) allows for applicants between the ages of 18 and 30, who hold an eligible passport, to be able to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, and work and study in Australia during this time (subject to some restrictions).

To be eligible for a second further 12-month WHV, applicants need to provide evidence of working regionally doing ‘specified work’  for 3 months (88 days). Specified work can include working on a farm, mine or in the construction industry or in fishing and pearling.

Three new WA postcodes have been added to the list of postcodes considered ‘regional Australia’ for the purposes of this 3-month specified work –

  • 6055 which includes Caversham, Guildford, Hazelmere, Henley Brook and West Swan;
  • 6056 which includes Bellevue, Helena Valley, Herne Hill, Middle Swan, Midland, Midvale, Red Hill and Swan View;
  • 6069 which includes Brigadoon, Ellenbrook, The Vines and Upper Swan.

These postcodes are within an hour’s drive of the Perth CBD, providing for easy access to Perth attractions.

Contact Putt Legal for further information on the Working Holiday Visa and your options for staying in Australia.


The Australian government has announced today that it will REDUCE the visa application charge (VAC) for the subclass 417 working holiday visa as from 1 January 2017.  

The new VAC will be $390.

More importantly, the Government also announced that the proposed increase to working holiday makers' tax rates would NOT go ahead.

The tax rate on earnings up to $37,000 will remain at 19%.  The marginal rates will apply to earnings above that amount.

Putt Legal is pleased to see that common sense has prevailed and the value of working holiday makers to Australia has been properly recognised.