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Specified Work in Australia

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There are many different industries you can work in to complete your specified work requirement in order to qualify for your second year visa. While you shouldn't have a problem securing the required evidence from an employer, you should always check with any potential employer before beginning work that they are willing to sign you off.

Note: You should also remember that your seasonal work has to be completed in regional Australia.

Here is a full list of industries and jobs you can work in which qualify as specified work:

Plant and animal cultivation

  • Cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts
  • General maintenance crop work
  • Harvesting and/or packing fruit and vegetable crops
  • Immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery in an abattoir, packing and tanning

    Note: Secondary processing of animal products, such as small goods processing and retail butchery is not eligible

  • Immediate processing of plant products
  • Maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase
  • Manufacturing dairy produce from raw material
  • Pruning and trimming vines and trees.

Felling trees in a plantation or forest

  • Planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled
  • 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.

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


  • Coal mining
  • Construction material engineering
  • Exploration
  • Metal ore mining
  • Mining support services
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying.


  • Building completion services
  • Building installation services
  • Building structure services
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Land development and site preparation services
  • Non-residential building construction
  • Residential building construction
  • Other construction services


We post jobs in these categories most week days to our twitter feed, and republish these on our Working Holiday Jobs page a little later.