09 December 2009

Increase in Australian working holiday makers doing harvest work for second year visa

The number of working holiday makers taking up harvest work to secure a second year visa has increased, according to figures by the Department of Immigration.

Australian Immigration reported that 21,727 backpackers successfully applied for a second year visa in the year ending June 30, 2009.

The figure shows an 84 per cent increase in the number of people taking up a second working holiday year, which is possible after completing at least three months’ work as a specified worker in regional Australia.

Work can be done in a number of tasks in primary industries including harvesting or fruit packing, plant and animal cultivation, mining, construction, tree farming and felling, and fishing and pearling.

The increase in second year applications was also accompanied by an increase of almost 17 per cent in the number of first year working holiday visas issued, from 142,365 to 165,969.

In 2007-2008, 11,816 applied for a second Australian working holiday visa.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa applications with the Australian Embassy.  

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