Working Holiday Visa numbers to increase

The Australian federal government is planning to increase the number of overseas workers coming to Australia on Working Holiday Visas (WHV) to tackle labour shortages in the tourism industry.

Martin Ferguson, the Federal Tourism Minister, acknowledged it was one strategy the government is pursuing to address the problem, pointing to Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s recent announcement about an increase in the number of working holiday visa arrivals from Indonesia.

“We are in the process of negotiating a range of other bilateral agreements with different countries to also enter into similar opportunities to bring additional holiday visa workers to Australia to assist especially the tourism industry,” he told a tourism industry breakfast in Brisbane.

He said the government was committed to fixing the labour shortage, also pointing to a 3 year trial to bring workers from Pacific nations and East Timor to Australia during the tourism industry’s peak season.

He said Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was still considering calls from a tourism employment round table event last year to extend the working holidaymaker visa to tourism workers.

Category: Australian Visas
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