From 1 November 2018, Canadian citizens up to and including, 35 years of age will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa. This is an increase from the current maximum age of 30 years, which remains the maximum for all other Working Holiday countries.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs recently announced – ‘we are still waiting for the approvals of partner countries (such as UK, Ireland, Germany, France etc) to amend the bilateral Working Holiday Maker agreement to expanding the eligibility age to 35’.

This is also a reciprocal agreement, with Canada also increasing the age limit to 35 years (up from 30 years), giving Australians the opportunity to live and work in Canada under the International Experience Canada programme. This change is expected to come into effect as of the new 2019 IEC season which begins in Autumn 2018.