In early 2019, the Government announced changes to the Working Holiday Visa program, to enable visa holders who worked for 3 months in a regional area to obtain a second visa, and those who worked for a further 6 months in a regional area to obtain a third visa.
The Government has recently announced a 20% increase in the number of second year Working Holiday Visas granted in the last financial year.
Historically, the Working Holiday program has been promoted as primarily for the purpose of cultural exchange, however the focus has shifted markedly, with working holiday makers now seen as part of the skills shortage solution for regional Australia.
The Government has also announced an expansion of the program with an increase in the number of places available for citizens of Spain (by 900 places), Israel (by 2,000), Peru (by 500), Chile (by 1400), Argentine (by 950), Malaysia (by 1,000), Singapore (by 2,000), Portugal (by 300), Greece (by 500) and Ecuador (by 100).
For more information on the various Working Holiday Programs, please contact our office.
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