Australian Working Holiday Visa - Character and Medical Requirements

To be eligible for a Working Holiday visa, you must be considered to be of good character.  In addition, some working Holiday Visa applicants must meet health requirements.

Good Character

Everyone who wants to enter or stay in Australia must satisfy the character requirement as set out in Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).

When applying for the Working Holiday visa, you must advise us if you have any criminal convictions and you may be asked to provide further information and/or police certificates as part of your assessments against the character test.

The Character Test

You will not pass the character test if:

  • You have a substantial criminal record;
  • You have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:
    • While you were in immigration detention, or
    • During an escape from immigration detention, or
    • After an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again;
  • You are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister reasonably suspects of being involved in criminal conduct;
  • The Minister reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence;
  • Your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character;
  • There is a risk that while you are in Australia you would:
    • Engage in criminal conduct, or
    • Harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person, or
    • Vilify a segment of the Australian community, or
    • Incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it, or
    • Be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it;
  • You have been convicted, found guilty or had a charge proven for, one or more sexually based offences involving a child;
  • You are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation;
  • You are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you are a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community.

Substantial Criminal Record

A substantial criminal record is based on the length of a sentence imposed by a court of law, rather than the time actually spent in prison.

For the purpose of the character test, a person is deemed to have a substantial criminal record if they have been:

  • Sentenced to death or life imprisonment;
  • Sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more;
  • Sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (even if served concurrently), where the total of those terms is 12 months or more;
  • Found by a court to be not fit to plead in relation to an offence but found to have committed the offence and as a result have been detained in a facility or institution.

Medicals and Health

A medical test (i.e. a medical examination which may include a chest x-ray, HIV, Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C test) may be required if:

  • You have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last 5 years in a country considered to be of a higher health risk;
  • You intend to work in a health care or a hospital environment;
  • You intend to work or study as a doctor, dentist or nurse;
  • You intend to work (or be a trainee) at an Australian childcare centre (including preschools and creches); OR
  • You expect to incur any medical costs, or require treatment or follow up for any health conditions while you are in Australia.

Depending on the circumstances, the Australian Government office has the right to add further health requirements at the discretion of the visa processing officer.

Working Holiday Visa

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 (35 for Canadian and Irish Citizens)? You may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa.

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Working Holiday Guide

The Australia Working Holiday Guide is given to all Visa Bureau WHV clients and features details on over hundreds of dollars worth of discounts available to Australian Visa Bureau clients, ranging from free nights of accommodation to a free surf lesson and discount adventure tours! 

You'll also get your exclusive Visa Bureau Platinum Card and access to the Platinum Card site!

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