14 June 2006
Second working holiday maker visa deemed a success by Australian Government
The Australian Government has announced that 2000 working holiday makers have taken advantage of the country's second working holiday visa scheme since the program's launch in November of 2005.
Second working holiday visas are granted to those who spend 3 months working in regional areas of Australia in a harvest capacity. The scheme was introduced in November last year to encourage more young people to take up seasonal employment in the regional areas of Australia.
Regional farmers and growers are pleased with the program's success too as it means a greater number of available workers.
From 1 July 2006, backpackers who work in a range of primary industries will also be able to apply for the second 12 month working holiday visa.
In addition, the Government announced that from July backpackers will be able to work with any one employer for 6 months; this is currently limited to 3 months. Working holiday visa holders will also be permitted to study for 4 months in Australia rather than the 3 months currently allowed.
If you are interested in taking an Australian Working Holiday, please complete an Online Application.