Australia's working vacation visa opens as much as these over 30 years

When you assume you missed out on the “hole yr” or working vacation expertise due to the worldwide lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, now we have some excellent news.

Since Australia reopened its borders in 2022 it has been experiencing labor shortages in a number of industries. In response, the federal government has simply elevated the eligibility for some working vacation makers from 30 to 35 years to draw extra employees Down Underneath.

And there is extra: the vary of jobs obtainable to working vacation makers in Australia means taking a yr out to work and journey does not must derail your profession (one thing the hole yr naysayers would possibly inform you).

Eager to spend a yr or two dwelling, working and touring in Australia in 2023 or 2024? Learn on for every thing it’s good to know to make it occur. 

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Two men working in a bar in Sydney one is pouring a drink
Hospitality is a key trade searching for employees throughout the nation © Isabella Moore / Lonely Planet

What are the brand new guidelines for working vacation makers in Australia?

As of 1 July 2023, residents of the UK, Canada, France, Denmark, Italy and Eire are eligible to use for an Australian Working Vacation visa as much as the age of 35. For the opposite 40 nations collaborating in this system, the 30 yr age restriction stays for now.

Business teams are calling on the Australian authorities to go additional and carry the age of working vacation visas to 50 years to assist plug expertise gaps, particularly in administration degree roles, however nothing has been determined but.

Among the necessities for extending the visa past an preliminary 12 months (reminiscent of enterprise farm work) may even be dropped for British passport holders from 1 July 2024 as a part of the Australia–UK Free Commerce Settlement.

Commenting on the adjustments, Sally Cope, Tourism Australia’s Regional Normal Supervisor for UK & Northern Europe mentioned, “Yearly, greater than 35,000 younger Brits head to Australia to work and play, the Aussie manner.

“Our analysis reveals near half of 25- to 34-year-olds are contemplating working overseas to advance their careers, so this five-year age vary improve presents a world of openings to those younger professionals.

“Australia additionally affords an unbelievable way of life – the place else are you able to be within the boardroom at 4pm and by the seashore an hour later? We’re positive there are a lot of 30–35-year-olds who thought they’d missed their likelihood to dwell and work Down Underneath, who will soar at this thrilling prospect; and Australia is able to welcome them.”

So, is there a draw back? Effectively, whereas eligibility has elevated – so has value of the Working Vacation Maker visa, rising from AU$510 to AU$640 from 1 July. Maybe it is a authorities incentive to stay round for longer and benefit from the alternatives in Australia.

Two sets of eyes are better than one
In between jobs, take off and discover Australia’s huge countryside © Holger Mette / Getty Photographs

How lengthy does it take to get a working vacation visa?

Supplied you could have an up-to-date passport, fulfill the age requirement (which varies by citizenship), have some financial savings, and meet the well being and character necessities for a Working Vacation visa, you may apply instantly. 

So long as you could have all the mandatory documentation prepared, visa approvals might be circled in lower than a day. 

How lengthy can I work in Australia?

To increase your preliminary 12-month Australian Working Vacation visa for a second yr (and even a 3rd yr), most vacationers have to do at the least 12 weeks (3 months) in a “specified trade” and/or area. These are locations the place employees are most wanted in Australia: farming, fisheries, development or remote-area tourism gigs. 

Nevertheless this requirement is altering in 2024 for British vacationers thanks for a reciprocal settlement between the 2 nations. 

The previous rule that you may solely work for one employer for a most of six months is being reinstated, after a short lived amnesty. This was a situation trade needs eliminated, significantly in additional distant places the place it is tougher to draw good workers. Employees take time to be taught the ropes, and to construct robust relationships. 

To additional entice prepared employees, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Business’s tourism group is encouraging employers to stump up the visa charges (AU$640) to get folks over to fill their job vacancies.

When you’re making use of for a job from dwelling whereas making use of in your visa, there isn’t any hurt in asking your future employer that can assist you out with the payment.

A man picks chardonnay grapes at the vineyard in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
Want a break from workplace life? Australia has jobs within the agricultural sector © MichaelMajor / Getty Photographs

What jobs are there in Australia for working vacation makers?

Matthew Heyes of Backpacker Job Board, Australia’s largest recruitment web site for working vacation makers, says, “Job alternatives for working vacation makers are widespread, overlaying a variety of various sectors. There are fruit-picking…and different agricultural-based [jobs], that are actually fashionable as a result of these roles contribute to the second- and third-year visa-extension program. The roles are additionally seasonal and provide the chance to earn properly whereas the seasons are excessive. 

“Different cornerstones of backpacker employment embody au pair work, plus gross sales and advertising positions in addition to different broader hospitality jobs.”

A powerful Australian greenback is one other key incentive for employees who may be seeing their native foreign money tanking. Work arduous sufficient and save properly, and you can go dwelling with some main {dollars} within the financial institution – that’s, for those who don’t spend all of it having the time of your life touring round Australia.  

People diving into an beautiful blow ocean side pool in Australia
Locals having fun with a post-work swim within the sunshine © Travis Drever / Lonely Planet

I am over 40, can I work in Australia for a yr?

The proposal to increase the utmost age for the Working Vacation visa to 50 has actually piqued a variety of curiosity. The mid-career sabbatical – typically known as an “grownup hole yr” – was already gaining traction earlier than the pandemic.

The worldwide shutdown additionally noticed lots of people reviewing what’s essential in life. Taking a yr out from a longtime profession to work, journey and meet new folks is simply the sort of radical change many now crave rather than being tied to a display screen all day.

Matthew Heyes sees the potential for extending the age for working vacation . “It can fully change what it’s to be a backpacker,” he says. “Now not will it’s confined to the youth journey market. We may see a extra various profile of traveler in Australia’s journey journey sector. I imagine this may very well be an enormous win for Australia.

“If it goes forward, it would additionally introduce a workforce to Australia who’ve a broad wealth of expertise and {qualifications}. Their profession expertise would profit the Australian financial system.” 

Doing one thing actually completely different – whether or not working outdoors or in a public-facing function – someplace as pleasant, protected and exquisite as Australia may very well be the journey of a lifetime. Regardless of your age.

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