Travel to Australia: Young Brits’ top destination09 December 2016 by News Desk
Travel to Australia: Half of UK young people say they would consider a temporary move to Australia to work post-Brexit.
Travel to Australia where the Australian government has announced a package of new measures aimed to increase Australia’s attractiveness as a destination for young working holiday makers.
Since 1975, Australia has welcomed British citizens aged 18-30 to work and travel on the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa.
The WHM scheme allows British citizens aged 18-30 to work in Australia for up to two years.
Currently around 40,000 British citizens travel on a WHM visa each year and the Australian government, working with Tourism Australia, is looking to increase those numbers in 2017.
The package of measures announced includes a $50 reduction in the WHM visa so that from the 1st January 2017 the WHM visa will cost $390 and the tax rate applying to working holiday makers will be set at 19 per cent on earnings up to $37,000, rather than 32.5 per cent.
Travel to Australia: Young Brits’ top destination
The Australian government is also exploring the possibility of extending the age limit, so that British citizens aged up to 35 years could travel on this visa.
Minister Ciobo said: “An Australian working holiday is more than just a job, and more than a holiday. Our country offers so much. It is a beautiful and unique destination where you can work, live and have adventures every day. A year, or maybe two, travelling and working in Australia will change your life.
“With recent changes announced to the program, a working holiday in Australia is now easier and affordable.
“Australia offers working holiday makers the highest after tax wages compared to competitor countries like Canada and New Zealand.”
The number of young UK travellers, including working holiday-makers, increased by 7 per cent to almost 200,000 visitors and expenditure increase by 4 per cent to AUD1.4 billion (12 month period ending June 2016).
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