14 March 2011

Irish applications for Australian Working Holiday Visa increase 30 per cent

The number of Irish citizens taking up an Australian Working Holiday Visa has increased by over 30 per cent, new statistics by the Australian tourism authority reveal.

Australian Working Holiday

The number of Irish youth taking up an Australian Working Holiday Visa has increased by 30 per cent.

For the year ending January 31, 2011, the number of Irish nationals granted an Australian Working Holiday Visa increased by 30.51 per cent, a totally of 11,122 youngsters, compared to the same period in 2009-10.

The Australian Working Holiday Visa allows nationals aged 18-30 from participating countries the opportunity to travel in Australia for up to 12 months, working for up to six months with any one employer. There is also the option to extend the holiday a further year for those who complete a minimum of three months specified work in a rural area, for example picking fruit.

Tourism Australia regional general manager for UK and northern Europe, Rodney Harrex,  said the increase in Irish interest in the visa was a sign that younger travellers were keen to explore the opportunities of living and working in a different country.

“The Australian working holiday visa allows travellers to stay in Australia for up to 12 months living the Aussie lifestyle and exploring our incredible country,” he said.

“Provided you’ve got a return airfare and some savings to prove you can support yourself when you arrive in Australia, and meet basic health and character requirements, anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 from Ireland can apply.

“Whether you want to pull beers in a pub in Sydney, work on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef, drive a monster truck in a mine in Western Australia or work in advertising in Melbourne, the job options for working holiday makers when they arrive in Australia are varied. And now with the extension of the second Working Holiday Visa, if you fall in love with the Australian lifestyle, there are more options for you to stay up to two years,” Mr Harrex said.

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

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