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Is unfair treatment of WHM beginning to bite?

January 9th, 2018 | | industry

Key Points for WHM visas to June 2017.

In 2016-17: a total of 211,011 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas (subclass 417 and subclass 462) were granted, a 1.7 per cent reduction compared to 2015-16.

There was a 1.0 per cent reduction in first Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa grants to 157,858 and a 6.0 per cent reduction in second Working Holiday visa grants to 34,097. Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa grants increased by 0.8 per cent to 19,056. There were 409 grants of the new second Work and Holiday visa.

There were 134, 296 WHM visa holders in Australia at 30 June 2017, a 2.3 per cent reduction compared to 30 June 2016.

The top five countries for first Working Holiday visa grants were:

United Kingdom (down 4.5 per cent to 32,517)
Germany (down 0.9 per cent to 23,996)
France (up 5.5 per cent to 19,546)
South Korea (up 3.8 per cent to 18,400)
Taiwan (down 3.3 per cent to 14,309).

The top five countries for second Working Holiday visa grants were:

United Kingdom (down 3.3 per cent to 7,811)
Taiwan (down 0.3 per cent to 7,330)
South Korea (down 6.8 per cent to 4,012)
France (down 6.1 per cent to 2,815)
Japan (down 1.9 per cent to 2,179).

In 2016-17, around 93 per cent of the second Working Holiday visa applicants indicated they engaged in agricultural work to acquire eligibility. (Edit. This is a good indication that the clean up of rural employment and contracting is long overdue and that the unfair treatment of some is harming the working holiday maker sector’s international reputation and having a detrimental effect on numbers).