What qualifies as 'specified work in regional Australia' to obtain a second Working Holiday Visa

A Working Holiday Visa holder (s/c 417) who works a minimum of 3 months in a specified job in regional Australia may be eligible to apply for a second Working Holiday Visa. While this is very attractive to many, there is often some confusion around what exactly is classified as 'specified work in regional Australia'.

First of all: 'specified work' is not only fruit picking and 'regional' is not necessarily remote. 

The following postcodes are regional areas:

New South Wales: 

  • 2311 to 2312;
  • 2328 to 2411;
  • 2420 to 2490;
  • 2536 to 2551;
  • 2575 to 2594;
  • 2618 to 2739;
  • 2787 to 2898

Queensland:

  • 4124 to 4125;
  • 4133;
  • 4211;
  • 4270 to 4272;
  • 4275;
  • 4280;
  • 4285;
  • 4287;
  • 4307 to 4499;
  • 4510;
  • 4512;
  • 4515 to 4519;
  • 4522 to 4899

Victoria:

  • 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.

Western Australia:

  • 6041 to 6044
  • 6055 to 6056
  • 6069
  • 6076
  • 6083 to 6084
  • 6111
  • 6121 to 6126
  • 6200 to 6799.

The whole of South Australia

The whole of Tasmania

The whole of Norfolk Island

The whole of Northern Territory

 

Specified work is by no means only fruit picking, but a range of jobs, such as:

1) Plant and animal cultivation:

  • the harvesting and/or packing of fruit and vegetable crops;
  • pruning or trimming vines and trees;
  • general maintenance crop work;
  • cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts;
  • immediate processing of plant products;
  • maintaining animals for the purposes of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase;
  • immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning;
  • manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.

2) Fishing and pearling:

  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species;
  • conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.

3) Tree farming and felling:

  • planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled;
  • felling trees in a plantation or forest;
  • 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.

4) Mining:

  • coal mining;
  • oil and gas extraction
  • metal ore mining;
  • construction material mining;
  • other non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying;
  • exploration;
  • mining support services

5) Construction:

  • residential building construction;
  • non-residential building construction;
  • heavy and civil engineering construction;
  • land development and site preparation services
  • building structure services
  • building installation services
  • building completion services
  • other construction services