Emigrating from Ireland to Australia



Research your visa options as an Irish citizen. Use the Visa Finder Tool from the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Control:

Working Holidays

The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is an option for people aged 18 to 30. Take a look at our Guide to Working Holidays to find out more about it.

OtherTemporary Options

There are different types of temporary visas, depending on your situation.

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) is a popular visa which allows skilled workers to work for an approved business in Australia for up to four years. It was recently announced that this visa will be abolished and replaced by something new.

For more details on temporary visas see

Permanent options 

This option is mostly available to independent and sponsored skilled workers or those with family sponsorship.

To check if this option is available to you, see

If you are thinking of using a Visa Agent or Migration Specialist to help you with your visa application, make sure that they are registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) - see  for more information. 


Get Support

Irish Australian support organisations are a good way to find out more about your chosen location & many also run activities which can help you meet people in your local area. We have put together a list of these at



For information on working in Australia's Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) sector, see


Further Information

Our ‘Going to Australia’ booklet is a little outdated but will give you an overview of the sort of things to consider if you are thinking of going to Australia. The useful links below will help you to find up to date information to help you plan your move to Australia, and you can also check out this excellent Australia guide by the Irish Times Abroad at


Useful Links

Department of Immigration and Citizenship Contact Centre, London

Australian High Commission, Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA
Tel: +44 207 856 1563

Visa Info: