It has just been announced that working holiday visas for Australia have now been extended to allow visitors to work for 12 months in one place, with immediate effect. The aim is to encourage more people to help with the extensive recovery effort following the bushfires. It will allow people travelling to Australia on a year out to stay for longer at one location so that they can assist with essential work in construction and on farms and help out communities down under impacted by the recent events.
What is an Australian working holiday visa?
The Australian work and holiday visa allows visitors aged 18-30 to apply for a 12-month visa to work whilst travelling. Previously, the visa was issued for the same period buy only allowed for a 6-month period with one employer, and further extensions required taking on work such as fruit picking. This has been extended with immediate effect due to the extent of the crisis, both in terms of the time frame and the nature of the work which fits the requirements. Construction work as well as farm work is now included as essential to the recovery effort.
The requirements for the Australian work and holiday visa are relatively straightforward – applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, have a valid passport and not be accompanied by any dependants. The visa is designed for those on a year out, and the recent appeal and extension of the time frame may inspire many more people who were shocked by the recent fires to visit Australia and want to provide practical help. Work available includes rebuilding homes, repairing dams, roads and railways and land clearing as well as vital work on farms in rural communities.
Many travellers visit Australia as part of a year out because of the unique wildlife, stunning landscape and vibrant culture. The work and holiday visa already allowed for a second and third extension to allow for longer stays. The new visa will simplify the process and allow travellers to stay for longer without additional paperwork.
Why extend my working holiday visa?
If you want to do something to help after the bushfires and subsequent floods in Australia, a working holiday visa could be a great way to travel and help restore the many impressive sights. Other visas are available for skilled workers and those looking for a longer term career in Australia, but if you’re unsure whether you’re ready to make the move, a working holiday visa can be a great way to give you a taste of life down under and consider whether it’s right for you. In addition, you’ll be doing vital work to help the country heal, protect the landscape and support the fascinating wildlife.
How to get the most out of my money in Australia
When you’re working in Australia, a foreign exchange account will help you transfer funds to get you started and manage your money while you’re down under. As well as great exchange rates to help you make the most of your money if you’re travelling on a shoestring, you can access your account 24/7 online and via mobile app so that you can transfer money online at any time and from the wilds of the Outback.
You can sign up for a moneycorp account in minutes, then easily add funds to your account via bank transfer or credit/debit card. Most international payments to Australia take 1-2 working days, helping you to get your money where it needs to be so you can concentrate on making the most of your experience.