Aussies & Canadians to undertake working holidays up to age 35 ·

Aussies & Canadians to undertake working holidays up to age 35

YHA Australia welcomes the announcement that from 1 November 2018, Canadians up to the age of 35 will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa to enter Australia. Under the reciprocal scheme, Australians applying for a Working Holiday in Canada can also be aged up to 35.

Julian Ledger, CEO of YHA Australia, said:
“YHA applauds the age extension to 35 for Working Holiday Makers between Australia and Canada. The Working Holiday Maker Scheme has been a resounding success for over 40 years, and many young people have availed of it over that period. Working holidays broaden horizons, build life experiences and strengthen cultural relationships. This age extension is welcome as career paths have become less linear and will enable those who were not able to take a working holiday when younger to now do so.”

Australia currently has reciprocal Working Holiday Maker programs for cultural exchange, including temporary work rights, with 41 countries – see

Generally, applicants need to be under age 31 when applying, however extending the age limit for Working Holiday Makers up to age 35 is a future objective, beginning with Canada. The new eligibility age will apply to both first and second Working Holiday visa applications.

Alistair McLean, CEO of Hostelling International Canada (Pacific Mountain Region) said:
“HI Canada celebrates the announcement to expand the age range of young Canadians to undertake working holidays in Australia. This special time of life opportunity will not only broaden these people’s life skills and professional work experience, but will also build a better understanding of each other’s cultures.”

YHA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation, and part of the world’s largest budget accommodation network, Hostelling International, with over 4,000 properties in 60 countries, including 75 unique places to stay in Australia, and 56 in Canada.

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