02 July 2008
Australian visitors can apply for second working holiday visa
Holders of an Australian working holiday visa who are working in the construction industry will be able to apply for a second one. According to new plans from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Australian working holiday visa holders who have worked in construction for three months will be able to reapply, in order to combat skills shortages.
Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, said: "Extending this concession to construction will help this booming industry by encouraging people on working holidays to undertake short-term construction work in regional Australia." The system is similar to one introduced for the farming industry, boosting second working holiday applications to 12,000. The DIAC has predicted the total number of Australian working holiday visas will rise to 180,000 this year.
Senator Evans said he hoped the move would encourage more people to "work, play and spend money" in the country. The Government recently tried using social networking sites like MySpace to gain more applicants for working holiday visas to Australia, reports News.com.au.
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