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New Work and Holiday Visa Pre-Application Process

Australia remains a sought-after destination for adventure-seekers and career enthusiasts alike. Among the many visa options, the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa is popular among young travelers looking to explore Australia while gaining valuable work experience.

A New Chapter Unfolds

In the 2024-25 program year, the Australian Government significantly changes the Work and Holiday visa application process. China, Vietnam, and India will now undergo a pre-application process, commonly known as a 'ballot.' This change aims to ensure fairness, transparency, and efficiency in selecting applicants when demand surpasses available visa quotas.

Ballot Process

The pre-application (ballot) process functions as an electronic random selection system. Applicants from designated countries will register online, paying a nominal fee of AUD 25. Following the closure of registrations, eligible entrants will be randomly selected by the system and subsequently invited to apply for the Work and Holiday visa within a specified timeframe. It's worth noting that the AUD25 ballot registration fee is a minor additional cost compared to the AUD635 Visa Application Charge for the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

Why the Change?

With the increasing popularity of the Work and Holiday visa program, certain countries experience overwhelming demand, leading to challenges in managing applications fairly. The introduction of the ballot process ensures equitable access to visa opportunities, particularly in countries where demand exceeds available spots.

What About Existing Applicants? 

For individuals from China, Vietnam, and India who have already been granted a first Work and Holiday visa, the process remains unchanged. They can continue applying for second or third visas online.


  The Work and Holiday visa pre-application process heralds a new era of fairness and efficiency in managing visa applications for high-demand countries. By embracing transparency and equity, Australia reaffirms its commitment to welcoming young travelers from around the world and facilitating memorable experiences Down Under.

As we anticipate the start of the initial visa ballots later this year, let's get ready to commence exciting adventures and gain enriching experiences in the vibrant land of Australia.


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