Working Holiday increases to Australia

The working holiday visa scheme into Australia enjoyed its biggest year ever for the year ended June 2012 with 13.5% growth and over 180,000 first time visas granted plus a further 30,000 2nd year visas. Over time the scheme has grown at 8.5% compound year on year.

The scheme which is reciprocal provides working holiday rights to participants. The top ten biggest numbers coming into Australia are from UK, South Korea, Germany, Ireland, France, Taiwan, Italy, Japan, Canada and the USA and with Hong Kong only just behind. Whilst the European countries make up the biggest numbers the quickest growth in 2012 has come from Taiwan and Hong Kong. The scheme is the biggest of its kind in the world.

YHA CEO Julian Ledger said from Sydney that the scheme is popular because Australia is well known as a working holiday destination with lots of opportunities. The country has avoided the financial issues of recent years, has low unemployment and participants are able to work with an employer for upto six months earning Aussie dollars. He said the visa process administered by the Dept of Immigration and Citizenship is quick and efficient with visas issued online.

With tourism visa numbers softer he said that it was the working holiday participants that were fuelling current increases in online gateway hostel bookings into Australia. He said that at the present rate, growth of the scheme to over 300,000 participants per annum is forecast.

The full lists of participating countries are

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

For people from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

For applicants from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.