Regional Operators are looking for new in occupations to be added “ specified work” list that allow workers on the 417 Working Holiday Visa to stay another year and obtain the second year working holiday visa. Regional restaurants, caravan parks, motels are amongst the stake holders pushing for this too happen.
Backpacker Jobs- Second Year Visa
Letting backpackers work in tourism to extend their stay in Australia was an idea suggest by the Labor Government back in 2012. Legislation currently requires the backpacker jobs to be in the following sectors:
Plant and Animal Cultivation ( Fruit Picking Jobs)
Fishing and Pearling
Tree Farming and Felling
Federal Government Assures Industry Stakeholders
The Federal Government has assured the agriculture sector it will carefully consider any changes to the working holiday visa.
The chair of the Australian Regional Tourism Network, David Sheldon, said it was “extremely difficult” to find enough qualified labour, and backpackers often had the basic food service and hospitality skills regional tourism operations needed.
While Ausveg spokesman Andrew Macdonald stated “We don’t want to see that workforce diluted by having them potentially opt for tourism jobs over the agricultural jobs that are so important to our industry.” Source ABC Rural.
We will keep you posted on an any developments on backpacker jobs and obtaining the second working holiday visa. And remember when looking for work be careful as there’s been two recent fruit picking scams surface, Narrogin backpacker scam and Mildura fruit picking scam.