Backpackers can extend their stay in Australia by up to 12 months if they work in agriculture or another essential industry (e.g. healthcare or care).
Minister of Agriculture David Littleproud said extending visas for backpackers would ensure that farmers have enough workers to bring their crops to the fields and harvest them. In addition, the previous time limit of 6 months with the same employer will be at least temporarily not apply. Previously, travellers with a Working Holiday Visa could only work for a maximum of 6 months with the same employer.
To protect the local communities, backpackers who travel to work in a new community must self-isolate for 14 days to prevent the spread of the corona virus in rural areas. The Australian government has announced that it will support this process by providing suitable accommodation.
At the same time, there should be consistent measures if the rules are not observed, says Littleproud. "We work with the official authorities to ensure that this is monitored and that any backpacker or seasonal worker who violates these regulations immediately loses their visa rights and is sent home."
Existing category 417 or 462 visa holders who work in critical sectors and are unable to meet the required 3 or 6 months (for 2nd or 3rd year visa) and who cannot return to their home country can apply for a visa subclass 408. It is a temporary activity visa so that the backpacker can stay and work temporarily in Australia after the actual working holiday visa has expired.
Backpackers with a Working Holiday Visa can also access their superannuation tax-free. You will find all the information in this Australian Government Document.