Backpacker Stats: June 2019 Update

How many backpackers are there currently in Australia?

According to the Home Affairs department Visitor Visa Program Report June 2019 update, there were 135,263 Working Holiday Makers in Australia. This is a combination of the Working Holiday Visa (sublass 417) and Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462); and both first and second year visas.

The stats for the four previous quarters are as follows:

  • 30th June 2019: 135,263 Working Holiday Makers
  • 31st December 2018: 145,479 Working Holiday Makers
  • 30th June 2018: 134,909 Working Holiday Makers
  • 31st December 2017: 146,431 Working Holiday Makers
  • 30th June 2017: 134,269 Working Holiday Makers

These stats are for working backpackers and do not include student visas or a traditional tourist visa.

2018-2019 Update

In 2018-19 there was a:

  • total of 209,036 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) (subclass 417 and subclass 462) visas granted,
    a 0.7 per cent reduction compared to 2017-18
  • 19.5 per cent increase of second visa grants for both subclasses compared to 2017-18
  • 6.4 per cent reduction in first Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa grants from 152,622 (2017-18)
    to 142,805 (2018-19)
  • 14.0 per cent increase in second Working Holiday visa grants to 37,418 (2018-19) compared to
    32,828 (2018-17)
  • 6.2 per cent increase in first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa grants to 23,012 (2018-19) compared to 21,667 (2017-18)
  • 73.7 per cent increase for the second Work and Holiday visa grants to 5,801 (2018-19) compared to
    3,339 (2017-18)
  • 0.3 per cent increase of WHM visa holders in Australia at 30 June 2019 from 134,269 (30 June 2018) to 135,263 at 30 June 2019

The top five countries for first Working Holiday visa (417) grants were:

  1. United Kingdom (27,355)
  2. France (20,762)
  3. Germany (19,077)
  4. South Korea (17,393)
  5. Taiwan (10,751)

The top five countries for second Working Holiday visa (417) grants were:

  1. United Kingdom (8,593)
  2. Taiwan (7,488)
  3. South Korea (3,987)
  4. France (3,651)
  5. Ireland (2,941)

The top five countries for first visa grants under the Work and Holiday visa (462) program were:

  1. United States of America (7,074)
  2. China (5,000)
  3. Chile (2,277)
  4. Spain (1,933)
  5. Argentina (1,505)

The top five countries for second Work and Holiday visa (462) grants were:

  1. China (2,021)
  2. United States of America (787)
  3. Chile (775)
  4. Indonesia (593)
  5. Argentina (464)
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