Australia-UKFTA to Expand Working Holiday Maker Program for Young Brits

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) has brought about exciting changes to Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program, opening up new opportunities for young Brits to live, work, and immerse themselves in the Australian way of life.

Expanded Age Range

Starting from 1st July 2023, UK passport holders seeking to explore Australia can take advantage of the enhanced arrangements under the WHM program. The age range for a Working Holiday visa will expand, allowing individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 years (inclusive) to apply. This represents a five-year increase from the previous maximum age limit of 30 years.

Removal of Specified Work Requirements

In addition to the extended age range, another exciting change is the removal of specified work requirements. From 1st July 2024, UK passport holders will be eligible to be granted Working Holiday visas up to a total of three years without the need to fulfil any specific work requirements. This flexibility offers a wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Australian lifestyle and explore the diverse range of employment options available.

Other Benefits of the A-UKFTA

The A-UKFTA also includes a number of other benefits for young Brits who wish to live and work in Australia, including:

  • Reduced visa application fees
  • Increased access to professional training and qualifications
  • Greater opportunities for collaboration between Australian and UK businesses

How to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa

To apply for a Working Holiday visa, UK passport holders must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive)
  • Have a valid passport
  • Have a return ticket to the UK
  • Have sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay in Australia

Applications for Working Holiday visas can be made online through the Department of Home Affairs website.


The A-UKFTA has made it easier and more affordable for young Brits to live, work, and study in Australia. If you are a young Brit who is looking for an exciting and rewarding experience, consider applying for a Working Holiday visa and embarking on your Australian adventure!

For more information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact a qualified migration agent.

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