Australian Embassy

Media Release - 01 March 2017

Australia and Vietnam launch Work and Holiday visa from 1 March 2017


Australia and Vietnam will commence a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement from today, 1 March 2017.

This arrangement will allow young Vietnamese people, aged between 18 and 30, to travel to Australia for one year and undertake short-term work and study.  The arrangement will also allow young Australians to work and holiday in Vietnam.

Each year 200 eligible Vietnamese applicants will be granted visas to Australia, and 200 Australians will similarly be able to enter Vietnam.

“I’m delighted to see this latest outcome in our bilateral cooperation”, said Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick.

“Young Vietnamese and Australian citizens now have the opportunity to apply for a unique cultural exchange experience. This will increase understanding between the peoples of our two countries, and contribute greatly to our economic, security and innovation partnerships.”

The Work and Holiday visa will allow Vietnamese participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism; stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival; work for the 12-month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and study for up to four months.

Following today’s commencement, the Work and Holiday visa program will reopen on 1 July every year.

For more information on conditions of the Work and Holiday visa and how to apply, visit the following web pages:

-           Australian Embassy Vietnam:

-           Department of Home Affairs, Australia:

-           Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB), Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Vietnam: