Australia is planning to expand the ‘Working Holiday Maker’ visa programs to over a dozen countries, including India to recruit workers to regional areas for solving the labour shortages particularly on farms, says the Immigration Minister David Coleman.
The Australian government is in discussion to expand the scheme to include travelers from 13 countries to find workers wanted by regional businesses to work on farms.
The Australia’s ‘Working Holiday Maker Program’ includes the ‘Working Holiday Visa’ and the ‘Work and Holiday Visa’ that is a cultural exchange program enabling young travelers to have an extended holiday and earn money through the short-term employment.
The countries targeted by Australia to expand the work and holiday visa are India, Brazil, Mexico, The Philippines, Switzerland, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Andorra, Monaco and Mongolia.
The Immigration Minister says the government was working on increasing the work and holiday visa conditions in an effort to invite workers into regional areas.
There were around 150,000 people in Australia on working holiday visa in March but the program is on a verge of shrinking over past five years.
Applicants applying for Work and Holiday visa must meet the minimum requirements before a visa is granted including having a functional level of English and must hold or studying towards tertiary qualifications.
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