Changes has been announced to Australia’s most popular working holiday visa scheme which always aims at youth so that they stay and work in the northern regions of Australia.
Now the visitors who come on working holiday visas can be able to work for six extra months in few of the high demanding industries of Northern Australia.
The visa holders who had secured a job in certain increasingly demanding industries in the north of Australia region can be able to apply for single employer for a year, compared to the previous six months.
Peter Dutton, Immigration and Border Protection Minister, said that the changes is the government’s recent efforts of developing the Northern region of Australia. And it will be of important benefit to sectors like tourism and agriculture in the northern Australia.
According to him, the industries in this region are extremely seasonal and always depend on the short-term workers for providing the flexibility of labour in the peak periods.
The changes would also apply for working in North of Australia in disability and aged care, mining as well as mining industries. The main focus is to attract much youth to the areas outskirts of Sydney where many people tend to wish to stay.
Peter Dutton also pointed out that Working Holiday Maker Visa Programme will provide a great opportunity for experiencing the life in Australia. The changes would also encourage many youths to get a unique experience of residing and working in Australian northern region.
More changes would follow in the year 2016, which would also allows the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders for extending their stay period in Australia for one year if they work for minimum three months in tourism or agriculture sector in north of Australia.
This Working Holiday Maker Visa program also motivates the youth mobility and tourism by permitting youth with18 t0 30 years of age to get an holiday extension in Australia. During that time, they can offset their tour costs by engaging themselves with short-term period of work.
Almost 2,26,812 visas were issued to the participants in the program for working holiday visa in the year 2014-15.