Western Australia sets sights on Irish working holiday makers


Western Australia needs workers for
its growing hospitality industry.

The Western Australia branch of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) is holding a jobs expo in Dublin, aimed at getting as many young Irish people over to Australia on a working holiday.

It was reported last week that record numbers of young Irish people, almost 20,000, who were desperate to escape gloomy economic and unemployment conditions headed Down Under on a working holiday visa in the past year.

Despite that, Australia, and particularly Western Australia, wants more of Ireland's youth. The burgeoning hospitality industry in WA is in dire need for more staff to work in new hotels and resorts and AHA WA chief executive Bradley Woods says Ireland's economic woes are Australia's gains.

"Ireland is the perfect market," said Mr Woods.

"They've got high unemployment, an affinity with WA because of the number of Irish people already here and they have the aptitude for the hospitality industry."

The working holiday visa is so accessible that holders typically have little trouble finding work in Australia but Mr Woods is bringing the job opportunities to Ireland with seminars to be held on 2 and 3 October in Dublin.

Mr Woods says there are up to 10,000 jobs available in the hospitality industry in WA each year, and as many as 5,000 of them will be promoted during the seminars.

"At the Travel and Work WA seminars, people will get information on Western Australia, find out how much they will get paid, and meet pub and bar owners, hoteliers and managers from hospitality businesses located in Perth and regional Western Australia, including beautiful Australian holiday destinations like Broome and Margaret River.”

- Dominic Ladden-Powell is the Online Editor with the Australian Visa Bureau, an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a Working Holiday Visa to Australia.