WHV and not working

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1. Posted by expandthewronsk (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

So I want to travel to Australia in the next year as a tourist and unfortunately according to entry rules I'm still not allowed in as a visitor. However I am eligible for a Working Holiday Visa and apparently not only are those acceptable to enter Australia, soon they will be free to apply for:

So it makes the most sense for me to apply for WHV but what if I don't want to work? Has anyone done this or knows if there might be some consequences?

Some questions I'm thinking of are:

1. Am I allowed to apply for WHV with no intention of working?
2. If I enter and leave Australia and don't work will this lead to problems later?
3. Could this affect any other visa applications I make in the future like as a skilled worker?


[ Edit: Edited on 20 Jan 2022, 13:38 GMT by expandthewronsk ]

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2547 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I can't see any of the conditions listed on the WHV that require you to work. It just says that you may work.

I think the only time the authorities want to see evidence of your work record is if you are trying to qualify for a 2nd WHV.

Even so, I would suggest that if you openly say you are gaming the system this may be seen negatively by border officials. If asked upon entry what your plans are, it may be more diplomatic to say that you think you're pretty well funded for your trip so you're going to begin by seeing the sights, and the visa gives you the option to work later if it all proves more expensive than expected. Assuming that's actually true?

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5753 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

The main issue with this plan is that WHVs are "once in a lifetime" (except if you do the specified work making you eligible for a second one). So by going this route, you remove the possibility to later use a WHV for its intended purpose. If you're in your early twenties, have a very good and long think about this - who knows where you might be in life in five years, and what you'd want to do then? On the other hand, if you're nearing thirty and basically at your last opportunity to get a WHV anyway, might as well go for it.