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Work visa overcomes crisis

This is good news for backpackers who want to work and the country that needs them, but what happens if the backpackers stop coming or wanting to work? It’s a reliance that must worry some…

RECENT backpacker visa changes will help address skills shortages in the tourism sector.

Backpackers working in Australian are now eligible to work twice as long in one job under the new arrangements announced last week. From July, the Working Holiday Maker visa changes mean backpackers will be able to work six months for one employer – double the previous time.

And backpackers working in primary industries such as fishing, pearling, shearing, butchery and forestry, will be able to apply for a 12-month extension – previously only available to seasonal harvest workers.

Work visa overcomes crisis

» Apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa