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Tax Return Requirements: New 2019 Visa Rules for Backpackers

Posted on 01 July 2019

Currently, backpackers and working holiday makers like you may only work for a limited period of time in specific regions of Australia.

But did you know that regulations have been relaxed to make your visit even more worth while?

Here’s a quick rundown of the rule changes, beginning 1 July 2019:

  • You can extend your first visa by completing three (3) months of work in specific regions in Australia, at specific work sectors. These include but are not limited to the following sectors: plant and animal cultivation; fishing and pearling; tree farming and felling; construction, and mining. Check our checklist for extending your visa for a second year.
  • As per Home Affairs, the regions where backpackers like you may find employment have been expanded to include the following states and territories: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
  • You can extend your second visa by completing six (6) months of work in specific regions in Australia, at specific job sectors—and get a third visa (see below).
  • You may now stay with the same agricultural employer for up to twelve (12) months (previously six months only).

Extending Your 2nd Working Holiday Maker Visa

If you’re on your second Working Holiday (visa 417) or Work and Holiday (visa 462), you may now apply for an extension—your third Working Holiday Maker visa.

To be eligible, you’ll need to:

  • Work for at least six (6) months in a specified work type and in specified region, during your second visa. This 6-month work period may be completed on or after 1 July 2019. So if you’re applying for your third visa, it should be lodged after January 2020.
  • Lodge your returns and fulfil all your tax obligations—we can help
  • Fulfil all your requirements for your visa extension requirements.

Australia’s beautiful countryside beckons, and in the outback are more adventures and mysteries waiting—for you. Happy travels!


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