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You can check out the immi.gov.au website for complete details on the 417 visa. Technically you can work under that visa anywhere in Australia doing about anything. Only an employer will be able to tell you whether they want to hire you on that visa or not. Many employers use the WHV as a "try out" visa, where the employee comes to Australia and works for 6 months under that visa - if all works out OK, they can work another 6 months if they get a second WHV, however keep in mind that getting a second WHV requires three months of "specified work" - generally farm or other rural work - during the first WHV.

A contract would not make it easier or harder to get another 417. The key is that work under the 417 needs to be work that is short term work to supplement your funds while in Australia. Employers these days are pushing the limits of that definition to be sure.

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Mark Northam
 

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Just to confirm, the 3 months of specified (rural) work is only a requirement if you want to apply for a second WHV - the 3 months of that type of work must have occurred while you were on the first WHV.

From what you've said, the WHV is probably your best choice. If you are unable to find work at the end of the WHV, you wouldn't have a lot of choices that would allow unrestricted work. If you get sponsored for a 457 temporary skilled work visa that would work, but that requires sponsorship. You could consider a skilled visa, but that requires substantial work experience, a skills assessment, and the occupations are limited.

Unfortunately Australia's visa system is rather limited when it comes to visas for people to come and look for work or do try-out jobs, etc. Some people come on regular visitor visas and look for work (although it's not allowed - don't get caught with suits and resumes at the airport or you might get turned around!), but the WHV visa is really the one designed for casual work in Australia and try-out types of jobs.

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Mark Northam
 
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