Life is good down under, especially for software engineers.

Jim Wild moved to Australia from the UK in 2011 and since making Sydney his home, became a proud Australian citizen last year. He is CTO / Co-Founder of Academy — a Technical Consultancy Start-up that matches great developers with great companies. He is also still an active developer and codes most days. Say or check out his LinkedIn.

Have you ever dreamed about taking a long holiday but the thought of covering the cost dampens your spirits? Or maybe you’re just looking for a long break away from home while you work and enjoy life at the same time? Well, quite possibly Australia’s Working Holiday Visa Program may be the answer.

The Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) is a cultural exchange program which allows people from eligible countries to apply and provides the opportunity for under 30's to take a long trip to Australia and earn money during their stay through short term employment jobs. It’s a fantastic way to experience the country and also work whilst you’re here.

Australian coast from the view of an airplane

If you are between 18 and 30 years of age and a passport holder of a country participating in the program then you are eligible to apply. Accepted applicants get a 12-month visa which allows you to not only stay in Australia but also work in short term employment under the applicable work conditions. You can also leave and re-enter as many times as you like.

There are few limitations as to the type and hours of work during your visit. You can find and work in full time, part time, casual, shift and even voluntary work for up to 12 months. However, you can only work for one employer for a maximum time period of 6 months. This makes a great opportunity to experience different roles.

What if I’m over 30?

If you’re over 30 then there are still visa options available to you. The most common being a Skilled Sponsorship Visa (previously subclass 457), which is offered by many companies to bring tech talent in from overseas where there is a shortage locally.

Still not convinced? Australia is among the top ten best countries in the world for a reason.
The World Famous Bondi Beach

Great Opportunity for Developers & Software Engineers

With the huge demand for software engineers there are no shortage of roles both full time and contract. Sydney has a thriving startup scene and there are dev community run Meetups happening almost every day of the week (generally with free Beer & Pizza).

A busy night at the Sydney Cocoaheads iOS Meetup (held at Atlassian HQ)

One of the World’s Best Cities

One of the benefits of heading down under is you’ll get the chance to experience life in Sydney, Australia’s most popular city. The city alone is possibly enough reason to move to Australia.

Sydney is listed amongst the world’s top cities and a recent global survey ranked it as Australia’s best city based on the quality of life. If you’re coming to Australia, you can’t go wrong making Sydney your destination.

The Iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

If you’re an iOS, Android or Full Stack Developer and thinking about making the move, we can guide you in the best direction. Just send an email with your CV to and we’ll be happy to help.

What Countries are Eligible?

Australia currently has reciprocal arrangements with: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and of course the United Kingdom.

The complete details about the requirements, eligibility criteria and any working conditions can all be viewed from the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s official website.

Due to frequent changes in immigration law and procedure, the information contained in this post is given as a convenience to the general public. It does not constitute legal advice.