Working Holidays in Australia provides opportunities for eligible young people aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment. The working holiday program was established in January 1975 with the main purpose to "promote international understanding by enabling young people to experience the culture of another country."

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  • Working Holidays in Australia provides opportunities for eligible young people aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment. The working holiday program was established in January 1975 with the main purpose to "promote international understanding by enabling young people to experience the culture of another country." The first year saw fewer than 2,000 Working Holiday Visas issued, a figure that has grown significantly to the last reported figures for 2005–06 of 113,936. Working holiday makers have a positive effect on the Australian economy. Based on 80,000 annual arrivals, it is estimated that working holiday makers spend around $1.3 billion annually. Young people from the United Kingdom made up 28,821 of the 2005-06 total, the single largest group, with South Korea just behind the UK in sending working holiday makers to Australia with 24,077 taking advantage of the program, followed by approximately 16,000 German nationals. There are almost no limits to what employment a working holiday maker visa holder can undertake, and although traditionally most of the jobs have been in hospitality or harvest work, many are finding opportunities in finance, education, health care and other industries. Until 2005 the Australian working holiday visa was a one-year, once in a lifetime opportunity, but recent legislative changes now allow almost any visa holder who has spent a minimum of three months as a seasonal worker in regional Australia to apply for a second working holiday visa. (en)
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  • Working Holidays in Australia provides opportunities for eligible young people aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment. The working holiday program was established in January 1975 with the main purpose to "promote international understanding by enabling young people to experience the culture of another country." (en)
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  • Working Holidays in Australia (en)
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