Bushfire recovery areas under the new WHM (417) visa announcement

March 16th, 2020 | | 88 days

It’s finally here, the bushfire recovery work regions which falls under the new Working Holiday Maker (417) visa announcement.

Bushfire recovery work means work undertaken, including work undertaken on a volunteer basis, to assist with bushfire recovery efforts in an area mentioned including: 

(a) construction, farming, or any other work in association with recovery or restitution of land, property, farm animals or wildlife; and (b) providing support services or assistance to people living, working or volunteering in the affected areas. 

The following postcodes apply:

NSW 2311 to 2312; 2328 to 2411; 2420 to 2490; 2536 to 2551; 2575 to 2594; 2618 to 2739; 2787 to 2898. 
VIC  3139; 3211 to 3334; 3340 to 3424; 3430 to 3649; 3658 to 3749; 3753; 3756; 3758; 3762; 3764; 3778 to 3781; 3783; 3797; 3799; 3810 to 3909; 3921 to 3925; 3945 to 3974; 3979; 3981 to 3996. 
QLD 4124 to 4125; 4133; 4211; 4270 to 4272; 4275; 4280; 4285; 4287; 4307 to 4499; 4510; 4512; 4515 to 4519; 4522 to 4899. 
WA 6041 to 6044; 6055 to 6056; 6069; 6076; 6083 to 6084; 6111; 6121 to 6126; 6200 to 6799. 
SA All postcodes 
TAS All postcodes 
NT All postcodes 
Norfolk Island  All postcodes 

New South Wales

Armidale, Ballina, Bega Valley, Bellingen, Blue Mountains, Byron, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Eurobodalla, Glen Innes Severn, Goulburn Mulwaree, Gwydir, Greater Hume, Hawkesbury, Inverell, Kempsey, Ku-ring-gai, Kyogle, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Lithgow, Mid Coast, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Narrabri, Oberon, Penrith, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Sutherland, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Tweed, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan, Uralla, Walcha, Wagga Wagga, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly


Alpine, Ararat, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Falls Creek, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington, Wodonga


Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Livingstone, Lockyer Vallev, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba

South Australia

Adelaide Hills, Coorong, , Kangaroo Island, Kingston, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid Murray, Mount Barker, Murray Bridge, Playford, Southern Mallee and Yorke Peninsula


Break O’Day, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands

Australia Capital Territory

All areas.

Specified work

For the areas specified the kinds of work mentioned are:


(a) residential building construction;

(b) non-residential building construction;

(c) heavy and civil engineering construction;

(d) land development and site preparation services;

(e) building structure services;

(f) building installation services;

(g) building completion services;

(h) other construction services.

Fishing and pearling

(a) conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species;

(b) conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.

Plant and animal cultivation

(a) harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops;

(b) pruning or trimming vines and trees directly associated with the cultivation and commercial sale of plant produce;

(c) general maintenance crop work;

(d) cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts;

(e) immediate processing of plant products;

(f) maintaining animals for the purposes of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase;

(g) immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning, and not including secondary processing;

(h) manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.


(a) coal mining;

(b) oil and gas extraction;

(c) metal ore mining;

(d) construction material mining;

(e) other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying;

(f) exploration;

(g) mining support services.

Tree farming and felling

(a) planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled;

(b) felling trees in a plantation or forest;

(c) 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 any other place from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.

Source: Department of Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs

Sourced by Mike Barrow