YHA Australia welcomes a Government announcement with initiatives to encourage more Working Holiday Makers to visit under reciprocal cultural exchange schemes.
“The number of young people coming to Australia on working holidays has steadily declined over the past five years. Young people have choice and Australia must compete with other destinations to attract these visitors. Working Holiday Makers stay longer than most tourists, see more of Australia, and spend most of what they earn here on travel around the country.”
YHA Australia supports further regulatory reform, and advocates for a standard set of conditions for all participating working holiday countries (to align the current visa sub-classes 417 and 462 for simplicity).
The reforms announced today include:
For full details see here.
Tourism Australia will also receive additional funding to promote Australia as a vibrant destination for backpackers and Working Holiday Makers.
YHA embraces these initiatives as they should encourage more young working holiday makers to visit Australia and work in regional areas across the country. Working holidays are an education in themselves, helping to develop cultural knowledge, international understanding, and in non-English speakers, language skills.
Australia currently has reciprocal Working Holiday Maker programs with 41 countries (of which only four are English-speaking nations) - see here.
YHA is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, and part of the world's largest budget accommodation network, Hostelling International, with over 4,000 properties in 60 countries, including 75 unique places to stay in Australia.
Media note: For more information, please contact Janet McGarry or Silke Kerwick at YHA Australia, ph: (02) 9261 1111.