Working Holiday Authorisations
Ireland and Australia have a reciprocal agreement under which each
country allows young citizens from the other to fund a holiday
through casual work. Each of the schemes is open to
applicants aged 18-30 (although both are in
practice open to slightly older participants because the age limit
applies to making the application, not to completing the
holiday). Both schemes allow participants to work for a
maximum period of six months with any one employer.
Working Holidays in Ireland for young Australians
Because Australian citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland,
our scheme is not based on a visa, but on a
Working Holiday Authorisation. This allows a
qualifying traveller to engage in casual or temporary work in
Ireland without the need for a work permit. It is valid for
employment only when the bearer also presents a valid Garda
National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Registration Card. You
should apply for this card as soon as possible after arrival,
either through the GNIB office at 13/14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2 (for
residents of Dublin) or through your local Garda (police) station
The Authorisation must be activated within twelve months of issue
or it will lapse. It is not possible to extend the period of
validity of Working Holiday Authorisations, or to accept a second
application from someone who has already been granted an
Authorisation (whether or not they availed of it).
The current Working Holiday Authorisation is activated by arrival
of the holder in Ireland. The holder is subject to normal
border immigration controls upon arrival. Applicants must
have sufficient funds to support themselves for at least the
initial part of the holiday or in the event of failing to secure
employment. Immigration officials may request evidence of
sufficient funds at the point of entry to Ireland.
The Authorisation is valid for a period not exceeding 12
months after entry into Ireland.
Please note that these conditions apply to Working Holiday
Authorisations issued since March 2009. Participants no
longer receive a visa-type sticker in their passport but are
issued instead with a document which they must carry with them when
they travel to Ireland and produce upon request. If you hold an
older type Authorisation it is still valid under the previously
advised terms and conditions. The new conditions do not apply
You can download an application form here.
Fee details are here.
The completed form, with supporting documents, fee and photos,
should be sent by registered mail or courier to the Embassy of
Ireland, 20 Arkana St, Yarralumla, ACT 2600. Please note also that
it is NOT possible to apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation
from inside Ireland.