July 2, 2019

Additional Working Holiday Maker Visa places welcomed

The 1st July marked an increase to the number of Working Holiday Maker visas available to backpackers from a raft of countries while extending the age cap to 35 years for French applicants.

Greece, Ecuador, Argentina, Malaysia, Singapore and Portugal have all had increases to their WHM visa caps, along with recent increases in caps for Spain, Israel, Peru and Chile.

“Back in 2012, ATEC submitted a detailed report to the Government on the economic value of our backpacker market and urged increases to the number of visas, and extending the visa age limit to 35 years.”

ATEC MD, Peter Shelley

“We are pleased to see, 7 years on, some positive changes to what is a valuable sector of our international visitation market and welcome the increases announced by the Federal Government.

“But we offer out this challenge, to bring all our visa agreements into line with those of Canada, Ireland and now France, where applicants can apply for a visa up to 35 years of age.

“This is a valuable market on many fronts, providing labour in regional Australia where there are shortages, spending more than any other international visitor over a greater period, and increasing Australia’s profile in the international marketplace, so working through visa technicalities can have a very positive outcome.”

Australia’s international youth market contributes 25 per cent of all visitor arrivals to Australia and 45 per cent of all visitor spend. There were 2.3 million youth visitors to Australia in 2018 who spent $20 billion.

Click here to see the Minister’s media release.

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