Regional businesses are benefiting from a 20 per cent increase in the number of working
holiday makers supporting regional areas.
43,219 second year visas were granted under the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program
last financial year – 7,000 more than the previous year.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, David
Coleman said only working holiday makers who complete three months of specified work in
a regional area could access the second WHM visa.
“That’s 7,000 more young people picking crops, milking cows, shearing sheep and
supporting tourism in regional Australia,” Mr Coleman said.
“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
From January, second year visa holders can also apply for a third year WHM visa if they carry
out an additional six months specified work in regional areas during their second year.
“We expect the third year visa option will encourage even more travellers to spend more
time working in regional Australia,” Minister Coleman said.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said working holiday makers
inject around $3 billion into the economy each year, most of which is spent in regional
“Working holiday makers generally stay longer, spend more money in Australia and travel
further into regional areas than most other international visitors.
“Our expansion of the WHM program is offering more young people from more countries
the travel opportunity of a lifetime, while also supporting our key industries and regional
“That’s why our Government through Tourism Australia, recently launched a $7.5 million
campaign to help attract more working holiday makers from the United Kingdom, Germany
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
For more information on Working Holiday Maker visas visit www.immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
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