In support of farmers and regional economies of Australia, the government have announced today changes to the Working Holiday Visa program, including extending work periods and increasing the validity to up to 3 years.
The new initiative is aimed to assist farmers access a larger number of overseas workers.
Changes to Working Holiday Maker visas will include:
- Work and Holiday makers (subclass 462) will be able to undertake regional plant and animal cultivation work in additional priority areas to become eligible for a second visa.
- Extension of the period a WHM (subclass 417 and 462) may work with the same agricultural employer from six to 12 months.
- Introduction of a third year visa option for WHM (subclasses 417 and 462), who from 1 July 2019 onwards complete six months of regional work in the second year.
- Increase the number of places available for Work and Holiday Maker program (subclass 462) by lifting annual caps available to a number of countries participating in the subclass 462 visa program.
For more information, please contact our office on 02 9112 3999.