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Travel to Australia: working holiday boost

06 November 2016 by News Desk

Travel to Australia is to be made easier for young people seeking to work during their Down Under vacation.

Travel to AustraliaTravel to Australia is the aim of many young people and Australia’s biggest market for working holiday makers is the UK.

Now the Aussie government and Tourism Australia are seeking to encourage greater numbers of working holiday makers after many were scared off by proposed changes to tax and visa rules.

The government has since back-tracked on its’ plans and hopes that changes will generate more young people to visit and work in Australia.

“With recent changes announced to the program, a working holiday in Australia is now easier and affordable,” said Steven Ciobo, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment.

“Australia offers working holiday makers the highest after tax wages compared to competitor countries like Canada and New Zealand”.

Travel to Australia: working holiday boost

The new Working Holiday Maker measures include:

  • Setting the tax rate for working holiday makers at 19 per cent on earnings up to $37,000;
  • Reducing the application charge for working holiday maker visas by $50 to $390; and
  • Introducing more flexible visa arrangements to benefit working holiday makers and industry.

“Australia is one of the most diverse, welcoming and beautiful countries on the planet,” said John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia.

“Our Working Holiday Maker program provides the perfect launch-pad for a life-changing year, maybe even two, combining travel with temporary work.”

Tourism Australia’s online campaign in the UK and five other key markets will build over the next six to 12 months, to continue to encourage working holiday makers Down Under.

Tourism Western Australia will also be working to encourage young Brits to visit Perth and experience the many wonders of Western Australia.

Australia welcomed around 200,000 British youth visitors over the past 12 months, including 60,000 working holiday makers who spent a total of A$1.4 billion.

Are you planning to travel to Australia? Click here for expert help with travel visas: Travel Visas to Australia

Want to get a job Down Under? Click here for expert help: How to Get a Job in Australia

Want to live and work Down Under? Click here for expert help: Skilled Migration to Australia

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