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BUNAC's Work Australia program offers you the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Work Australia is a program authorized by the Australian Government to allow young Americans (aged 18-30) to work in Australia for up to 12 months. Australia, one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world, is a traveler's paradise. The Working Holiday Visa allows you to work for any one employer for all or part of your stay. Working is the best and most affordable way to really get to know Australia from the inside.

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Working holiday Australia

- United States

June 4, 2016

This year has been the fastest in my life. I had a wonderful time and this is perhaps the best decision I've ever made! I think more Americans should do it as it is one of the more fulfilling experiences a person can have.

It would have been nice if the Perth office was still open but I still found the city easy to navigate and managed to secure employment rather quickly. I would recommend this program. Absolutely.

BUNAC responded to this review
June 10, 2016 8:25 AM

Hi Gabriel! Great to hear you had such an amazing experience with BUNAC in Australia! We're hoping a Perth office opens again soon. Good luck with everything!

BTW, we have a very similar New Zealand program....

Thank you BUNAC!

- United States

April 13, 2016

It was a great experience for me and I am so happy to have had this opportunity! I was able to travel to another country and be immersed in their culture, all while have the satisfaction of working. BUNAC made the transition extremely easy and were always available if I had any questions. I had an amazing experience and would recommend to anyone thinking about working abroad!

BUNAC responded to this review
April 14, 2016 8:46 AM

Thank you for your feedback Amy! Happy you had a great experience with us!

Least helpful organization ever

April 11, 2016

I am from the USA and obtained a Work and Holiday Visa to come to Australia. I went through BUNAC because I heard they would help with getting settled and finding contacts. I don't know where to begin in describing the complete opposite of assistance that I obtained from BUNAC. First and foremost, they insisted that I purchase insurance through Seven Corners Compass Benefits, insisting that my current Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance coverage would not cover me in Australia despite the fact that I checked with the Wellmark company and they assured me that I would be okay. BUNAC simply would not let me travel to Australia through their company without the Seven Corners insurance. So I got the insurance as they insisted, paying over $600 for it. While in Australia, I injured my back at work and consequently had several medical bills. I sent my claims to Seven Corners but because I had my own insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield), they refused to reimburse me. Thanks BUNAC.
Next issue was that some of our group was going to Australia after we spent a week in Fiji, but half the group had New Zealand as their final destination. We stopped at New Zealand to drop off half our group, but unfortunately for those of us continuing to Australia, BUNAC neglected to check our bags when they booked our tickets. So we ran all over the Auckland airport trying to check multiple bags for hundreds of dollars when we had previously been assured that all our flights and baggage had been booked for us.
Additionally, upon arriving to Australia our group was instructed to go to a Work and Holiday office so that we could have our initial meeting in which we were to received information, phone cards, and assistance with setting up bank accounts. We went to the Work and Holiday office in Sydney. The office was upstairs above a grocery store, so we went to go up the stairs to enter the office...we came to find out that it was a public holiday and both the office AND the grocery store were closed and so alarm systems went off. Minutes later we heard sirens and the police were coming down the street. We ran out of there as quick as we could and never looked back.
Needless to say, BUNAC was the least helpful service I have ever enlisted. I wasted money, time, and nearly got arrested. I would not recommend this organization to anyone. At the end of the day, I paid a lot of money to receive assistance that left me worse off than what I would have been on my own.

BUNAC responded to this review
April 14, 2016 8:44 AM

Hi Claire, thank you for your feedback. As mentioned in my email to you, international insurance is required to secure this visa. While you do not have to purchase ours, most participants do, since it meets all visa requirements. I have reached out to Seven Corners to see why your claim was not approved and will hopefully have some further information for you on that situation shortly.

We apologize for the situation at the Auckland Airport, we booked travel through a third party company and were under the impression that all bags would be checked through to participants final destination. Since it has been about a year since this took place, there isn't much we can do, but we do apologize for the added stress and costs.

Our partners in Australia do follow the calendar for Australian national holidays, and on our instructions we advise to contact the resource center to book orientation upon arrival. This is to make sure they are offering orientation that day and to reserve a spot:

"Please contact Work n Holiday once you arrive to book a spot at this session (contact details below). Orientations are held daily at 9:30am and last for approximately two hours. Job work shops/presentations are held Monday Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. The orientation includes information on everything from mobile phones and tax to employment and accommodation options. There is also a comprehensive section dedicated to travel within Australia so you can start planning your trips!"

The resource center offers a range of support services (job and accommodation assistance, taxes, banking, resume help, social events, mail forwarding and more) and they can assist participants anywhere in the country, so I hope you were able to utilize the support services.

Since your trip, we have started working with a new partner in Australia, but did not run into many problems with the previous partner.

We sympathize with the series of events that occurred upon your arrival, but hope you were able to enjoy your time abroad. Please let us know if you have any questions.

WorknHoliday in Australia

- United States

March 28, 2016

Had an awesome time in Sydney!! WnH crew was very helpful and supportive upon my arrival and were a great resource for me when I needed anything. The office was in a convenient location and all of the staff was very friendly. It really was the experience of a lifetime!

BUNAC responded to this review
April 14, 2016 8:46 AM

Thanks Carl! Happy you had a great time with BUNAC!

Program Details

  • Age Requirement Varies
  • Contact Provider for Cost Details
  • Varies depending upon position.
  • Australia: Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Melbourne, Sydney

  • Fields

    Accounting

    Administrative

    Agriculture

    Business

    Camp Counselor & Trip Leader

    Communications

    Computer Science

    Culinary Arts & Cooking

    Ecology

    Economics

    Environmental Studies

    Finance

    Graphic Design

    Health Administration

    Horticulture

    Hospitality

    Humanities

    Information Systems

    Liberal Arts

    Marine Science

    Marketing, Advertising, & PR

    National Park

    Parks & Recreation

    Public Administration & Government

    Ranch

    Resort

    Ski Resort

    Social Sciences

    Technology

    Tourism


    Fields

    Accounting

    Administrative

    Agriculture

    Business

    Camp Counselor & Trip Leader

    Communications

    Computer Science

    Culinary Arts & Cooking

    Ecology

    Economics

    Environmental Studies

    Finance

    Graphic Design

    Health Administration

    Horticulture

    Hospitality

    Humanities

    Information Systems

    Liberal Arts

    Marine Science

    Marketing, Advertising, & PR

    National Park

    Parks & Recreation

    Public Administration & Government

    Ranch

    Resort

    Ski Resort

    Social Sciences

    Technology

    Tourism


  • Year(s) Offered

    Year Round


  • Age Requirement Varies

  • American


  • Contact Provider for Cost Details

  • - Pre departure planning and visa support
    - Two- Seven nights' hostel accommodation in Sydney
    - 12 month access to our dedicated working holiday Resource Center in Sydney
    -free job hunting presentation
    - 12 months free access to the National Online Jobs Database
    - Bank account and Tax File Number registration
    - Australian SIM card
    - Organized social events to meet awesome new friends

  • Varies depending upon position.

  • Experience Required

    No


  • Online Application

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