Aussies and Canadians WHV age increase to 35

September 19th, 2018 | | employment

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, today announced an agreement to expand the age range in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Canada and Australia concerning Youth Mobility. Through the amended MoU, Canadian and Australian young adults aged 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.

Julian Ledger, CEO of YHA Australia, said:

„YHA applauds the age extension to 35 for Working Holiday Makers between Australia and Canada. The Working Holiday Maker Scheme has been a resounding success for over 40 years, and many young people have availed of it over that period. Working holidays broaden horizons, build life experiences and strengthen cultural relationships. This age extension is welcome as career paths have become less linear and will enable those who were not able to take a working holiday when younger to now do so.”

Quick facts

Australia currently has reciprocal Working Holiday Maker programs for cultural exchange, including temporary work rights, with 41 countries – see

Generally, applicants need to be under age 31 when applying, however extending the age limit for Working Holiday Makers up to age 35 is a future objective, beginning with Canada. The new eligibility age will apply to both first and second Working Holiday visa applications.

Alistair McLean, CEO of Hostelling International Canada (Pacific Mountain Region) said:

„HI Canada celebrates the announcement to expand the age range of young Canadians to undertake working holidays in Australia. This special time of life opportunity will not only broaden these people’s life skills and professional work experience, but will also build a better understanding of each other’s cultures.”

Source: YHA Australia



One Response

  1. Greg Price says:

    This is great news, especially as the age increase to 35 was a promised sweetener to east the pain of the backpacker tax. As an industry we need to keep up the pressure on govt to continue negotiating these deals – imagine the boost we’d get from an age extension with the EU?