10 April 2008
Calls made to remove age barrier on Australian working holiday visas
The Queensland Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry, Desley Boyle, has called for the age barrier on Australian working holiday visas to be removed. Ms Boyle has said that allowing older people to enter Australia using the visas would help solve the skills shortage in the country.
Ms Boyle said: "We really have a labour shortage, there is no good reason why working holiday visas should only be for the young. We have many people of older years, including the baby-boomers, who may well be very experienced workers with a lot of skills who could really help Queensland out, and have a holiday at the same time." Australian working holiday visas are currently available to people between the ages of 18 and 30. People interested in moving to Australia to work for a period of time while exploring the country can take an Australian working holiday visa online assessment to check their suitability. Desley Boyle has been the member of parliament for Cairns since 1998.
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