Migration Legislation Changes for Subclass 417 and 462 Visas

On 1 February 2024, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs introduced the Migration Legislation Amendment (Specified Work and Areas for Subclass 417 and 462 Visas).

The Amendment extends the scope of ‘specified work’ concerning natural disasters and amends the areas of Australia where such work can take place.

A wider range of ‘specified work’

The Migration Legislation Amendment widens the range of ‘specified work’ activities for holders of the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462).

The scope of work was initially limited to bushfire and flood recovery but now includes aiding in the aftermath of other natural disasters such as cyclones and storm surges.

With these changes, Australia and the Department of Home Affairs recognise the crucial role and support of Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program participants in helping regions, businesses and communities recover in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Expanded geographical areas for recovery work

In addition to broadening the scope of ‘specified work’, the revised regulations also expand the areas of Australia where recovery work can be undertaken after natural disasters.

The Department of Home Affairs made these changes after consultation with the National Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Impact Analysis (OIA) to ensure that the new regulations accurately reflect the range of natural disasters and affected areas.

Commencement date of the Amendment

The Migration Legislation Amendment commences on the day after the instrument is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

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