Malaysia’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians

Malaysia’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Umar Mukhtar on Pexels.com.

If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old and have studied at university for at least two years, you can apply for a working holiday visa for Malaysia!

This allows you to live and work in Malaysia for up to one year. During this time, you are allowed to work (but only for up to six months with any single employer), study for up to four months, and you can leave & re-enter Malaysia as often as you like.

This page contains information about Malaysia’s Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 14 August 2021.

Please note that COVID-19 may impact your ability to travel to Malaysia at this time.

Key facts about Malaysia

  • Population: Approx. 32.6 million
  • Official language: Malay (although other languages including English are widely spoken)
  • Capital city: Kuala Lumpur
  • Largest cities: Kuala Lumpur, George Town (Penang), Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Melaka, Kota Kinabalu
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
Batu Caves Malaysia
Batu Caves, Malaysia. Photo by Niko Cezar on Pexels.com.

Malaysia Working Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

To apply for a Malaysian Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have a university degree or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself initially in Malaysia
  • Have a return travel ticket to Malaysia (or enough money to buy one)
  • Be in good health

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have a criminal record
  • Have already participated in the Work and Holiday program in Malaysia

Documents needed to apply for this visa

When applying for a Work and Holiday Visa for Malaysia as an Australian citizen, you will need to provide documents including:

You may also need:

  • Proof of university degree/completed study
  • Bank statement/s showing proof of sufficient funds
  • Return ticket to Malaysia (or proof of enough savings to buy one)

There is a visa fee of MYR90 (approx. AUD30), payable by money order, bank cheque or cash (depending on the consular office).

Work restrictions

With a working holiday visa, you are allowed to work in Malaysia during your stay for up to six months per employer. Australian participants in Malaysia’s Work and Holiday program are also not permitted to work in the following sectors:

  • Any occupation which requires professional qualifications
  • Entertainment industry
  • Spas
  • Service counters (front office)
  • Voluntary activity

More information is available on the Immigration Department of Malaysia website.

How to apply for a Malaysian Work and Holiday Visa

You can apply for a Malaysian Work and Holiday Visa by submitting the relevant application form (and other required documents including a letter of Australian government support and medical certificate) to:

If you apply in person in Canberra or Perth (you may need an appointment), you may be able to get your visa processed on the same day. If you apply by post, it can take up to 3 weeks.

For more details, please read the information on the Immigration Department of Malaysia website or contact your nearest Malaysian High Commission or Consulate General.


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