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Working Holiday Visa Australia - Qualifying for 2nd Year

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A lot of people out there think that they have to do farm work to qualify for the 2nd year working holiday visa, this isn't the case. Here is the information.

 

Specified work is any type of work described in the list below:

 

 

  • plant and animal cultivation
    • the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops
    • pruning and trimming vines and trees
      Note: This must be the applicants primary employment task and directly associated with the cultivation and commercial sale of plant produce, such as fruit and nut crops (commercial horticultural activities). General garden maintenance is not eligible.
    • general maintenance crop work
    • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts
    • immediate processing of plant products
    • maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase
      Note: Maintaining animals for tourism or recreational purposes is not eligible.
    • immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning
      Note: Secondary processing of animal products, such as small goods processing and retail butchery is not eligible.
    • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.

     

     

    [*]fishing and pearling

     

    • conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species
    • conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.

     

     

    [*]tree farming and felling

     

    • planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled
    • felling trees in a plantation or forest
    • transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed or from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.

     

     

    [*]mining

     

    • coal mining
    • oil and gas extraction
    • metal ore mining
    • construction material mining
    • non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying
    • exploration.
    • mining support services

     

     

    [*]construction

     

    • residential building construction
    • non-residential building construction
    • heavy and civil engineering construction
    • land development and site preparation services
    • building structure services
    • building installation services
    • building completion services
    • other construction services.

     

     

     

 

Work undertaken in the areas of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, and tree farming and felling must be described in the list above to meet the specified work requirement.

The Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides further detail about eligible work in mining and construction. Work undertaken in the mining and construction sectors must appear in the ANZSIC division for these sectors to meet the specified work requirement.

See:

ANZSIC - Mining Division

ANZSIC - Construction Division

Supporting work, such as book-keeping, in any industry described in the list above does not meet the definition of specified work.

Specified work:

 

 

  • must be an activity listed above
  • must be the primary role, function or activity performed during the applicants employment.

 

Examples of eligible specified work:

 

 

  • picking fruits on an orchard
  • feeding and herding cattle on a farm
  • horse breeding and stud farming
  • landscaping the grounds of a construction/house site
  • painting the interior/exterior of new buildings
  • conservation and environmental reforestation work
  • zoo work involving plant or animal cultivation
  • erecting fences on a construction site
  • scaffolding.

 

Examples of ineligible specified work:

 

 

  • ship/boat building
  • performing specialised social science services (such as anthropological and archaeological assessments) for mining companies
  • town planning or architecture
  • working as a nanny on a farm
  • working at a cellar door providing wine tastings
  • manufacturing materials used on a construction site (such as concrete or steel)
  • cooking/catering on a mine site
  • cleaning the interior of mine complexes or buildings.

 

[h=2]Specified work in disaster affected areas[/h] Construction work can be vital in helping regional disaster zones, such as those affected by flood or bushfire, to rebuild and recover from disaster.

Working Holiday visa holders who conduct construction work in eligible regional areas of Australia following disasters can count the work as specified work. This work may be paid or unpaid work.

Examples of construction work that qualify as specified work include:

 

 

  • demolition of buildings, trench digging, land clearing and earth moving
  • residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair, including of roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, fencing, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and storm water drainage systems.

 

A full list of eligible construction activities is available from the Australia Bureau of Statistics website.

See: Division E – Construction

[h=2]How to find specified work[/h] Applicants can find specified work vacancies in the same way as they would find other job vacancies, such as through employment pages in newspapers, the Internet and job placement service providers. Vacancies specifically for plant and animal cultivation can be found on the Harvest Trail website.

Note: Not all vacancies advertised on the Harvest Trail website will qualify an applicant for a second Working Holiday visa.

See: Harvest Trail

Applicants should ensure that the vacancy meets the definition of specified work listed above and that the work will take place in an eligible postcode of regional Australia.

See: Regional Australia

[h=2]How to calculate specified work[/h] 'Three months' means three 'calendar' months or 88 days. Work can be either:

 

 

  • in one block with one business
  • in separate blocks with one business or a number of businesses. Blocks of work may be in different kinds of specified work.

 

One full day of work is defined as having worked a minimum number of standard hours for a particular industry. Working Holiday visa holders cannot count a long day of work as more than one day of specified work. For example, if the industry’s standard day is six hours long, working a 12 hour day does not count as two days of specified work.

Full time workers may include weekends in calculating the number of days worked.

Applicants who work part time or on a casual basis can only count the full days actually worked. The shortest period that can be counted is one day of full time work (for any given industry).

Note: The hours the applicant work must be the industry standard. Generally, the Australian working week is 35 to 40 hours, consisting of 7 to 8 hours worked each day. Individual employers cannot set a smaller period of time than the industry standard to satisfy the specified work requirement.

Full time workers can count sick days only during periods where they were in paid employment and entitled to sick leave or covered by a workers compensation scheme. In these situations, supporting evidence must be provided by the employer.

Applicants who were prevented from obtaining employment because of injury or seasonal circumstances cannot count any time they were unable to work towards the three month period.

Example: Cyclones interrupting harvest activities.

Some possible examples to help clarify the definition of three months of specified work are outlined below.

[h=2]Examples of three months[/h] Examples that meet the three month requirement

 

 

  • Working week
    Working on a farm for three months for five days each week, where the industry standard is five days a week of full time work.
  • Shift work
    Employed as a miner for three months and under the employment contract are only required to work every second week, which is the standard full time contract for the industry.
  • Blocks of work
    Completing 60 days of harvest work, followed by a period of travel for two months. Then completing another 28 days in construction, bringing the total days worked to 88 days.
  • Sick days
    Employed for a three month period but take several days of sick leave during the period.

 

Examples that do not meet the three month requirement

 

 

  • Working week
    When five days of work a week is the industry standard on a farm, but the applicant only works four days a week for three months.
  • Work done on another visa type
    Completing three months of specified work during the summer break while on a Student visa.
  • Seasonal circumstances
    Picking bananas for 80 days on a casual basis, but the applicant cannot find more work as there is a cyclone and their first Working Holiday visa ceases.

 

[h=2]Evidence of specified work[/h] If the Working Holiday visa holder applies for a second Working Holiday visa, they will need to provide evidence that they have satisfied the specified work eligibility requirement. Acceptable evidence of specified work (completed while on their first Working Holiday visa) includes original or certified copies of the following:

 

 

  • payslips
  • group certificates
  • payment summaries
  • tax returns
  • employer references
  • a completed employment verification form signed by the applicants employer
  • original Australian bank statement covering the period of declared specified work.

 

See: Form 1263 Working Holiday visa: Employment verification (104KB PDF file)

Note: Providing a completed Form 1263 and additional forms of evidence will allow a Working Holiday visa application to be assessed more quickly. Please ensure that all information provided is correct. Contacting third parties to verify the claims of applicants for second Working Holiday visas will now be a standard component of second Working Holiday visa application assessments.

If the applicant chooses to undertake specified work in a voluntary capacity or for payment in kind, it may be difficult to verify they have completed the required specified work. If the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is not satisfied that they have completed three months specified work in regional Australia, their second Working Holiday visa may not be granted. To enable a successful visa application, it is preferable wages are paid directly into an Australian bank account and that an original bank statement is provided as evidence.

Warning: Providing a false or misleading declaration or fraudulent evidence for any visa application may result in the application being refused or cancelled. If the applicant’s visa is cancelled they may be prevented from lodging further applications and be excluded from Australia for a period of three years.


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Does TA (Trade Assistant) count towards the second year, if in a regional area? I can get a position as a Trade assistant up in regional WA, helping construction workers, but will not accept the role until I know I can get my second year from it or not. I phoned up immigration and the guy on the phone couldnt help me :S

Please help somebody :D

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There was a link in the first post re construction. I've copied and pasted it in case you missed in in there. I don't know much about construction but if it isn't on the specified list then I doubt it will count.

 

 

Work undertaken in the areas of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, and tree farming and felling must be described in the list above to meet the specified work requirement.

The Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides further detail about eligible work in mining and construction. Work undertaken in the mining and construction sectors must appear in the ANZSIC division for these sectors to meet the specified work requirement.

See:

ANZSIC - Mining Division

ANZSIC - Construction Division

Supporting work, such as book-keeping, in any industry described in the list above does not meet the definition of specified work.

Specified work:

 

  • must be an activity listed above
  • must be the primary role, function or activity performed during the applicants employment.

 

 

Construction work can be vital in helping regional disaster zones, such as those affected by flood or bushfire, to rebuild and recover from disaster.

Working Holiday visa holders who conduct construction work in eligible regional areas of Australia following disasters can count the work as specified work. This work may be paid or unpaid work.

Examples of construction work that qualify as specified work include:

 

  • demolition of buildings, trench digging, land clearing and earth moving
  • residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair, including of roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, fencing, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and storm water drainage systems.
A full list of eligible construction activities is available from the Australia Bureau of Statistics website.

See: Division E – Construction

 

 

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can i have a link to the source of this information - thanks

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I'm planning on going to Aus May/June on a WHV & I hope to complete 3 months of regional work so I can apply for my 2nd year visa. This could potentially mean being in Aus up until June 2015 but my current passport is due to expire Aug 2015. I know when applying for my 1st year WHV I need to make sure my passport doesn't expire within 6 months of my planned date of return, would this apply when applying for 2nd year?

 

Not sure if I should renew my passport now & get it over with - but I'll need to do that before I apply for my visa! Head is spinning thinking of all the possible scenarios ha! Any advise is much appreciated!

 

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