Working Abroad
Work & Travel Australia


These resources should help answer any questions you have about your program. Send us an email for any more.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re available along the way for any questions but here is a general overview of how it all works!
What are the start dates for 2024?
Arrival dates occur weekly in busy seasons, and less frequently in the off-season. Arrival dates are on Tuesdays, with orientations and activities taking place over the next three days.
  • January 9
  • January 16
  • January 23
  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 12
  • April 16
  • May 28
  • June 18
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6
  • August 13
  • August 20
  • August 27
  • September 3
  • September 10
  • September 17
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 15
  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 12
  • November 19
  • December 3
InterExchange provides an initial arrival package, plus travel, logistics, job, and emergency-based support throughout your trip. Seasoned program staff are available both in-person, by phone, and email and can be a source of support throughout your stay in Australia.
The Surf Camp is a great option for those who want to continue settling in and explore another bit of Australia with new people for a few nights at the beach after the initial arrival package. Adding the Surf Camp means you’ll have two additional nights in Sydney, then transportation up to Gerroa near Seven-Mile Beach (about two hours away) where you’ll stay from Monday to Friday. Lessons and meals are provided every day. Learn more about the Surf Camp add-on. Please note that this add-on is not available during certain weeks in Australia’s winter (in 2023 it’s closed between June 19 – July 16).

Most jobs on a working holiday tend to be seasonal positions such as hospitality, retail, office temping, manual labor, fruit picking, retail, and event set-up. Jobs can range from one day to a few months at a time. While there are certainly busy and slow seasons, Australia’s vast land and robust backpacker tradition means great chances for finding both work and adventure year round.

Your pre-departure handbook includes basic job readiness tips. Upon arrival you will attend an orientation where you’ll be introduced to other services including the Jobs Desk, job support staff, and you can access one-on-one support. You are encouraged to have some flexibility for the initial start of your trip as you acclimate to your surroundings, and check-in often about open positions even if nothing is immediately available when you first arrive. Please also see our job support information.  

We offer an optional job pre-placement service add-on for those able to commit to six months in hospitality jobs (kitchen staff, wait staff, chefs, baristas, etc) or at least three months in agricultural jobs (usually fruit picking). Some experience is required, so be sure to contact us early in your process if you are interested in this option. You can add this before traveling to secure a virtual interview, or, if you’d prefer to scope things out in Australia, you can see how things go and add the placement service later on.

Sometimes it can take 2-4 weeks to land your first job. Securing employment anywhere depends on previous experience, attitude, and the degree to which you utilize the job support available to you. Since this program is meant to be a cultural exchange and a chance to experience Australia (not only a working program) we recommend budgeting for at least a month of costs upon arrival. Please note that some employers pay bi-weekly but some may pay monthly.
Australia’s minimum wage is AUD $23.23/hour as of 2023. Based on Australia’s laws, individuals under 21 can be paid less but as there is a high demand for seasonal employees, there are normally many opportunities to earn upwards of the minimum wage. 

Our support team in Australia can provide suggestions for how to book housing after your pre-booked program accommodation ends. While traveling around the country, hostels will be a great option. If you are planning on settling into a city for a few months, you might want to arrange a place for a longer stay. Many shared rooms in apartments rent week to week or month to month, so you don’t have to sign into anything for too long. Here are some other accommodation options you can consider. WWOOFing is also a great add-on option, especially if you like being outdoors.

For major cities like Sydney and Melbourne, it’s recommended to budget between $200-400 weekly. Rents are often paid weekly, and accommodation prices vary by location, season, and housing type of shared room vs. single room.

You’ll want to arrive on one of the dates listed on the website. If you arrive a day or two earlier, we can add extra nights of accommodation for you. Many participants purchase a one-way ticket initially, allowing ultimate flexibility.

Our online application is free to start and easy to complete. Just a few forms and documents and we’re always here if you have any questions. Once we approve your application we’ll send you instructions for getting your visa, which is a simple online process. If you have any questions about the process we’re here to help.
Yes. The Work and Holiday Visa is a multiple-entry visa, which means you can leave the country and come back during the 12 months your visa is valid. Make sure you are aware of entry/exit requirements for any other countries you visit.
No. You can stay as long as 12 months (with the option for a second-year visa), but there’s no minimum stay. We recommend staying for at least 6 months in order to get the full experience. If you can only do 3 or 4 months, you might want to contact us for some ideas so we can make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running when you arrive.
U.S. citizens who work in northern Australia for at least 88 days in tourism, hospitality, agriculture, forestry or fishing can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa. Those who complete 6 months of such work during their second year may apply for a third.
On the Australian Work and Holiday Visa, you can only work for the same employer for up to 6 months. Keep in mind that many of the jobs you find will be shorter than this, which creates breaks to travel before you get back to work.

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