Changes in Working Holiday maker visas were announced today in the government media release addressing support for farmers and regional economies in Australia.
Following are the proposed changes:
Work and Holiday makers (subclass 462) will be able to undertake “farm“ work in additional areas (not just Northern Australia) to become eligible for a second visa.
Extension of the period a WHM (subclass 417 and 462) may work with the same agricultural employer from six to 12 months.
Introduction of a third year visa option for WHM (subclasses 417 and 462), who from 1 July 2019 onwards complete six months of regional work in the second year.
Increase the number of places available for Work and Holiday Maker program (subclass 462) by lifting annual caps for countries participating in the subclass 462 visa program.
These changes require a strict workforce test to be applied to ensure Australian workers are given the first opportunity for work.