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Jobs in Australia: working holiday opportunities

25 October 2016 by News Desk

Jobs in Australia await, says the Australian government who are encouraging young people to visit and work Down Under.

Jobs in AustraliaJobs in Australia is the key message as Aussie officials launch a new campaign in Britain and across Europe to boost the number of young people taking working holidays in Australia.

Trade and Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo was in London this week as part of a $10 million Tourism Australia campaign to promote Australia as a safe and fun place to work and visit.

The Aussie campaign is rolling out in UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy to boost the numbers of working holidaymakers heading Down Under.

The UK is Australia’s largest market for working holidaymakers but over the last year to June numbers dipped by nine per cent, with only 59,048 young Britons taking advantage of the working holiday option.

The numbers coming from other European countries were down even more, with Ireland recording a 46 per cent drop, Italy down 24 per cent and France 14 per cent.

Jobs in Australia: working holiday opportunities

The campaign builds on recent Turnbull government reforms which raise the working holidaymaker age limit from 30 to 35, introduces a lower 19 per cent tax rate and allow workers to stay with the same employer for 12 months, not just six, if they work half of that in a different region.

The reforms, added to Australia’s natural beauty and safety, means conditions are ripe for a “backpacker boost”.

Working holidaymakers were an important part of Australia’s tourism industry, with more than 320,000 overseas visitors spending $3.28 billion in Australia over the last year.

They also contributed around $2.9 billion to Australia’s visitor economy each year and are an important source of seasonal labour on farms and the tourism industry.

The reduction in the tax rate means working holidaymakers receive the highest levels of take-home pay in Australia compared to other countries.

British TV star Lucy Watson, from Made in Chelsea, says she enjoys visiting the Gold Coast in Australia. “The Gold Coast, Sydney, Uluru, Adelaide and Byron Bay – each time I visit I like it even more and find something else that surprises me. The food, people and the weather make it one of my all-time favourite destinations,” she says.

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