Australia targets Ireland with new Working Holiday Visa package.

Published:  26 Jan at 6 PM
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Australia has launched an appeal to younger Irish nationals to consider up to two years’ stay in the country on a Working Holiday visa package.

Once a popular way for Irish citizens to experience Australia in the longer term, the Working Holiday Visa scheme has declined in popularity over the last few years. In 2011/12, successful applicants from the Emerald Isle totalled 2,827, but data from 2015/16 showed a drop to just 6,743, resulting in the new package now on offer to those wishing to experience the real Australia.

For many younger would-be expats, the Working Holiday Visa gives a chance to sample the Australian lifestyle and working environment before taking the life-changing decision to emigrate on a permanent basis. In the past, Ireland provided a happy hunting ground for relocation specialists due to discontented professionals such as teachers and healthcare specialists looking for the expatrate way out.

A good number of the ‘brightest and best’ left the home country for Oz during the first years of the 2008 financial crash, with the threat of a destabilised Ireland due to Brexit perhaps leading to another Irish diaspora. Whilst the Working Holiday Visa only gives a two-year maximum stay, those seeking long-term jobs stand a good chance of finding a more permanent solution.

The Irish market is being targeted with a €999 package comprising travel insurance, a visa and a one-way flight, in the hope of attracting the younger Irish population between the ages of 18 and 30. Character and health requirements must be satisfied, and adequate funds for support on arrival must be shown.

Work assignments are found in the country’s regional and rural areas, including the Northern Territories and parts of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia plus all of Oz’s offshore island, Tasmania. Working on farms, conservation, landscaping, herding cattle, stud farming and fruit picking are all eligible occupations packed with fascinating experiences of Aussie life and its friendly people.
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