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Just booked a flight to Brisbane at the end of August!

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21. Posted by morgan66 (Budding Member 32 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Are you saying don't just get the WHV through a third party such as STA?
Is it better to get it through the Official Australian Department of Immigration?

Anyone else booked through STA? Feedback much welcomed

22. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5158 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Correct. The department of immigration is the source of all WHVs. If you go through any third party, they'll just end up then going there, and charging you for the benefit of filling in your information on their forms rather than on the official ones. This might make sense for some overly bureaucratic visas with all kinds of arcane rules, but getting a WHV for Australia is as straightforward as it gets; really easy to do yourself, and generally granted a few hours (up to a day or two) later. So cut out the middle-man, and spend the money you save when you're actually in Australia. :)

(FWIW, btw, I don't know precisely what STA charges, or offers as add-ons. Please do your own comparison. I've just seen countless examples of third parties charging way more than the official rate (which is only logical as they employ additional people who need to be paid, but is sad, as they're effectively benefiting from vague fears that the official route would be difficult, if not outright ignorance of the official route's existence), and offering virtually nothing of real value. (i.e. stuff you couldn't just do on your own when in Australia.))

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2013, at 14:08 by Sander ]

23. Posted by Char72 (Budding Member 39 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Me and my boyfriend have booked our flights for August 14th to Brisbane! We will be staying with one of his friends for the first few weeks until we sort ourselves out. But we will be looking for jobs and somewhere to live once we are there!

I have travelled on my own before and you will all be fine....there are SO many people in the same boat!! Does anyone have work sorted out already!?