Changes to Australian Working Visas

MSL Solicitors has formally begun to offer Australia Working Visa services and assistance, including visas such as the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).  We already have experience with these types of visa; if you wish to make an enquiry about these subclasses, please contact us.

The Australian Government has announced changes to Australian Working Visas, specifically the Working Holiday visa, under the Working Holiday Maker program.

These proposed changes will benefit those who are looking to emigrate to Australia with this visa. These benefits include:

  • Increased Age Range: Increase in the maximum age of 30 to 35
  • Reduced Application Fees: A decrease in cost from $440 to $390
  • Expansion of work rights: Currently, workers on this visa may only work for up to 6 months with a given employer. The change allows the individual to work for the same employer for a second term of six months, provided that the employer relocates the employee to a different location and has the condition of multiple premises in other regions to do so.
  • Changes to tax: The Government will set the tax rate applying to working holiday makers at 19% on earnings up to $37,000, down from 32.5%. Ordinary marginal tax rates will apply to earnings over this figure.

These proposed changes are currently being reviewed, and it is anticipated that they will come into effect on the 1st January 2017.


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