Indians Granted Access to Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) and MATES Visa Categories!

I usually refrain from making posts or announcements without clear information from the government regarding any visa category. However, this announcement needs to be made well in advance due to the introduction of a “Ballot System.”

Australian New Work and Holiday Visas (subclass 462) Implement Ballot System for China, Vietnam, and India Applicants:

Firstly, there are two key aspects of this post: the first is that India will gain access to the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, and the second is the introduction of the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES).

India to access Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa

In the context of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA), Australia has agreed to extend access to the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

Available Quota: This will go up to 1,000 Indian citizens each year.

Understanding the Australian MATES Visa for Indians

In order to facilitate the temporary migration of Indian university graduates and early-career professionals to Australia, the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) was developed under the MMPA. The main goal of MATES is to encourage talent and information exchange between India and Australia for the mutual benefit of both nations.

Available Quota: MATES will commence as a pilot program with 3,000 places for primary applicants per program year.


Both the (MATES) and the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa have very limited quotas, making them highly competitive. These visas are intended for young immigrants aged 18-30 (under 31). Applicants must submit a pre-application expressing their interest in the EOI (Expression of Interest) pool system.

To address these challenges, the Australian government is introducing a pre-application system, or ballot, for applicants from China, Vietnam, and India seeking a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa for the 2024-25 program year. This system might also apply to MATES, with the same registration fee of 25 AUD.

Although the exact dates for opening the slots are yet to be confirmed, we at Success Immigration will offer free pre-application services for both categories to our eligible existing PR clients who sign up before the deadlines. Clients will only need to pay the government registration fee!
At Success Immigration , we strive to provide our clients with the best opportunities, including applying for multiple occupations and submitting multiple EOIs for both husband and wife separately, if both are eligible. Our team understands that one happy client equals ten potential new clients!

While I’m trying to understand the rationale for these TRVs compared to the high-point requirements of Australian PR draws, it’s obvious that they prioritize skilled individuals for job opportunities. However, given the limited quota and the under 31 age restriction, it may not be wise to rely solely on these programs, particularly with a ballot system. It’s advisable to keep all options open and consider all possibilities rather than relying on just one category.

If you’re interested in exploring these TRVs along with your PR application, please send your profile to

Priya Gupal
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