The Government has announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa and Seasonal Worker programs in a bid to help farmers fill skill shortages in their industry. These working holiday visa changes are a positive development as they will open these programs up to more potential applicants, improve their attractiveness as an option for workers to Australia, and at the same time, assist Australia’s farmers to maximise their economic returns.
These changes will affect the Working Holiday subclass 417 and Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa classes.
Changes announced include increasing caps on the number of visas issued and allowing visa holders to extend their time in Australia by completing agricultural work in new geographical areas around the country.
This new initiative will also make it easier for farmers to employ workers for a greater period and at a lower cost under the Seasonal Worker Program. The following changes have been announced to the Working Holiday Maker visa programs:
The following changes have been announced to the Seasonal Worker Program:
The Australian Chamber of Tourism has also recently announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program for visa applicants from Canada, with the maximum age limit being increased from 30 to 35 years of age.
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