G’day! Why Australia is the ultimate working holiday destination for young British Engineers



Attention all aspiring civil engineers! Australia has just introduced fantastic changes to the working holiday visa arrangements for our British mates, making it the perfect time to pack your bag and head Down Under!

From 1 July 2023, the age limit for UK applicants coming to Australia will go up from 30 to 35 years old, and they will be eligible to work and live in Australia for up to 3 years!

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) entered into force, commencing new arrangements under Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program and the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS). 

For UK passport holders who apply for Australia’s Working Holiday visa, the new arrangements will see an increase in the eligible age range and removal of specified work requirements.

  • From 1 July 2023, UK passport holders will be able to apply for a Working Holiday visa between the ages of 18 and 35 years inclusive. This is a five year increase from the current maximum age of 30 years inclusive. 
  • From 1 July 2024, UK passport holders will be eligible to be granted Working Holiday visas up to a total of three years without having to meet any specified work requirements.

Continue your engineering career Down Under

Whether you’re dreaming of designing awe-inspiring infrastructure or shaping the skylines of bustling cities, Australia offers a plethora of opportunities for young engineers seeking both professional growth and unforgettable adventures. With the new visa arrangements, you can now explore this vast land while gaining valuable work experience in the field of civil engineering.

Picture yourself working on cutting-edge projects amidst stunning landscapes, collaborating with top industry professionals, and immersing yourself in a vibrant culture that celebrates innovation and progress. Australia’s construction industry is booming, with major developments in transport, renewable energy, urban planning, and more. It’s an engineer’s paradise, where you can leave your mark on the world while soaking up the Aussie way of life.

Photo: Sydney – Rozelle Interchange

Here are some reasons why Australia might just be the perfect place to apply for the 417 Visa and escape those gloomy British skies:

Weather: Let’s address the elephant in the room first, or should we say, the kangaroo in the outback. Australia offers sunshine and blue skies all year round, unlike dear old Blighty, where you might be lucky enough to see the sun for a whole week. Say goodbye to those relentless rainclouds and embrace the golden Aussie tan!

Beaches: Oh, the beaches! Prepare to have your jaw drop when you witness the breathtaking coastline of Australia. The sandy shores stretch for miles, adorned with crystal-clear waters and stunning surf breaks. No offense to Brighton or Blackpool, but Bondi and Surfers Paradise definitely have the upper hand in the beach department.

Photo: Currumbin Beach, Queensland by Vanja Matijevic via Unsplash

Wildlife: Forget squirrels and foxes, because Down Under, the animals mean business! From cute koalas to majestic kangaroos and deadly spiders (just kidding, most are harmless), Australia is like a real-life version of the Discovery Channel. Where else can you find creatures that seem straight out of a sci-fi movie?

Language: Don’t be fooled by the fact that Aussies speak English – they’ve got their own unique vocabulary that might leave you scratching your head. Prepare to hear words like “G’day,” “brekkie,” and “barbie” on a regular basis. It’s like deciphering a secret code, but it’s all part of the fun!

BBQ Culture: Speaking of “barbies,” Aussies take their barbecue game seriously. They love to throw a snag on the barbie and enjoy a sausage sizzle with mates. Prepare your taste buds for a true culinary adventure, where “shrimp on the barbie” is just the tip of the iceberg.

Sports: The Brits are known for their love of football, but in Australia, it’s a whole different ball game. Aussie Rules Football, or “footy,” is a fast-paced, high-flying spectacle that will have you gasping for air and wondering what just happened. Embrace the chaos and get ready to support your new favorite team!

Natural Wonders: Australia boasts some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on the planet. From the iconic Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef to the stunning Blue Mountains and the Twelve Apostles, the Land Down Under is a treasure trove of jaw-dropping sights that will make your Instagram followers green with envy.

Work-Life Balance: While the UK is known for its stiff upper lip and long working hours, Australia takes a more laid-back approach. Aussies believe in a healthy work-life balance, where they know how to work hard and play even harder. So, get ready to embrace a more relaxed lifestyle and indulge in some “me time.”

Sense of Adventure: Australia is a country that beckons you to step out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef, swimming with dolphins, or camping under the stars in the Outback, there’s no shortage of adrenaline-pumping experiences to be had. Get ready to create stories that will make your mates back home green with envy!

Australia awaits, offering you a golden opportunity to grow professionally, expand your horizons, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this exciting chapter in your engineering journey!

Apply for the updated working holiday visa today and prepare for an unforgettable experience as a civil engineer in the Land Down Under. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

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Note: Please refer to official government sources for the most up-to-date information regarding working holiday visa arrangements between the UK and Australia.

Source: Australian Government | Department of Home Affairs

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