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Ole ole ole – more Argentinians can now come to Australia

June 27th, 2017 | | industry

The number of young Australian and Argentine nationals able to visit each other’s countries under Work and Holiday arrangements (462 visa) will increase from 700 to 1500 annually from 1 July 2017.

The reciprocal work and holiday arrangement allows young people from Argentina, aged between 18 and 30, to holiday for up to 12 months in Australia and undertake short-term work.

The same reciprocal conditions allow young Australians to work and holiday in Argentina. Australia currently has reciprocal working holiday maker arrangements in place with 39 countries.

“This reciprocal arrangement will provide more opportunities for cultural exchange and offers positive experiences for young adults of Australia and Argentina,” Assistant Minister Hawke said. .

“Since 2012, both countries have worked closely to make this programme a success, and today’s increase reflects the positive growth between our nations.” Mr Hawke said.

Among other requirements, the Work and Holiday visa requires applicants to hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

More information on the Work and Holiday visa programme is available at border.gov.au

Sourced by Chris Harrison

Source: Border





3 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    Positive development, but it would be great to see the government use these negotiated increases as an opportunity to steadily lift the upper age limit for the Work and Holiday visa to 35.

  2. Greg – that was one of the things Scott Morrison said he would look at last year (along with reducing the fee by $50, but we know what happened to that). But, it does involve negotiating more than 30 reciprocal treaties – so the wheels will turn slowly. At least the idea is on the table, and the industry should now keep the pressure up on delivering it.

    • Greg says:

      Yes I know, I’ve been pushing the age increase through both Senator Duniam in Tasmania and Scott Morrison’s office since the compromise was reached on the backpacker tax last year.

      The view of operators in Tasmania is that the age increase and the since dumped plan to decrease the visa fee would at least be a small compensation for the reduction in spending power brought about through the tax increase.

      My point was given that the increase does need to be negotiated bilaterally, that this should have been discussed at the same time as the discussions over the increase in the maximum number of participants.