The Work and Holiday arrangement with Poland now allows even more young people to
explore, work and study in Australia, thanks to an increase from 500 to 1500 annual visa
places available for Polish nationals, starting on 1 October 2019.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
David Coleman said the increase is part of the Government’s plan to get more young people
working in regional areas, particularly on farms to help with critical seasonal work.
“We know there are some jobs in regional Australia that aren’t being filled by Australian
workers, and we are giving regional businesses the immigration settings to help them fill
those roles,” Mr Coleman said.
“The increase will provide additional support to our regional economies by providing
farmers and other employers with access to more workers.
“The increase is also a testament to our strengthening people-to-people links between our
two nations. It will provide more opportunities for cultural exchange and offer positive
experiences for young adults of Australia and Poland.”
The additional places will be available from 1 October 2019, allowing up to 1500 young
people from Poland each year to enjoy a 12-month holiday in Australia, during which they
may undertake short-term work and study.
While on their first visa, Polish nationals who undertake three months of specified work in a
regional area will become eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa. If they complete a
further six-months specified work in a regional area during their second year they will
become eligible for a third-year visa.
The Work and Holiday visa requires first-time Polish applicants to hold or be studying
towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.
All workers in Australia have the same rights and protections at work, regardless of
citizenship or visa status. Employers must pay the right wages as set by law, and provide a
Australia’s Working Holiday Maker Program currently has arrangements in place with
44 countries across the globe.
More information on the Work and Holiday visa program is at www.homeaffairs.gov.au.