Working Holidays

Working Holiday Visas for Australians Going to Germany

Last Updated: August 2009

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To be eligible you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 30
  • hold an Australian passport
  • not have previously participated in the German Working Holiday Program
  • hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
  • have a return travel ticket
  • not be accompanied by dependents

Visa Fee

The visa costs 60 payable in Australian funds by cash or money order.

Proof of Funds

You must have a minimum of AUD$400 per month for the complete length of your stay and be able to prove this with a current bank statement or a sponsorship declaration with proof of income of your sponsor.


There is no quota.


The visa is valid for 12 months but must be validated within 3 months of receiving it.

Employment Restrictions

There are no restrictions on where you work but each job cannot last longer than 90 days.


You may leave and re-enter multiple times but the time allowed for your visa will not be paused while you are away.

How to Apply

Application forms are available from the Consulate General of Germany and you must apply to the relevant Consulate (see contact details below) in person. You can find more information here.

General Comments

The visa takes about 2 weeks to process. If you are already living abroad you can apply at consular posts of Germany wherever you are living.

Contact Details

Residents of the ACT and the Northern Territory apply at:

The Embassy of Germany
119 Empire Circuit
ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6270 1911
Fax: (02) 6270 1951

Residents of New South Wales and Queensland apply at:

The Consulate General - Sydney
13 Trelawney Street
NSW 2025

Phone: (02) 9328 7733
Fax: (02) 9327 9649

Residents of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia apply at:

The Consulate General - Melbourne
480 Punt Road
South Yarra
VIC 3141

Phone: (03) 9864 6888
Fax: (03) 9820 2414




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