The Australian Council of Trade Unions has called for the Australian Working Holiday Maker ( WHM) Visa scheme to be reconsidered, saying that working holiday makers are taking jobs from young Australians. Positions include harvest work, bar jobs, fruit picking positions.
This is a very bold statement given that the rate for youth unemployment in Australia is 4.2% which is almost a historic low.
“The average working holiday visa holder spends more than $13,000 during their eight-month stay, adding demand for goods and services to the Australian economy and helping to support tourism jobs and businesses as they travel around the country. While the average backpacker spends $5,400 and stays in the country for 73 nights.
In ATEC’s position paper, The Importance of the Working Holiday Visa, it showed that for each 100 WHM visitors to Australia, 6.3 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs are created – the notion that these visitors are taking jobs from young Australian people is simply wrong.
Looking back to June 2011 there was more than 185,0002 international tourists holding a WHV, this equates to a boost to Australian GDP of over $320 million and a boost to expenditure on goods and services in Australia of around $630 million.
It’s really hard to argue for the removal of the WHV scheme, Australian Youth unemployment is at all time lows and Working Holiday Makers are contributing so much to the economy.
For now it looks a certainty the Working Holiday Visa Scheme will stay in place but what happens next is anyones guess. From our point of view we can only see it expanding with countries such as Greece & Spain on the horizon.
So the question we ask is how much will you spend on your Working Holiday in Australia? Will you spend more or less then the average $13,000 ? Did you spend money on trianing, rsa certificate, travel and experiences? Share your experience with us.