According to an article published on the news international website today, the federal government is in talks to bring more overseas workers to Australia on holiday visas to address labour shortages in the tourism industry.
Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says using visitors with Australian working holiday visa’s is one strategy the government is pursuing to address the problem.
He said Prime Minister Julia Gillard had recently announced an increase in the number of working holiday visa arrivals from Indonesia.
“We are in the process of negotiating a range of other bilateral agreements with different countries to also enter into similar opportunities to bring additional holiday visa workers to Australia to assist especially the tourism industry,” he told a tourism industry breakfast in Brisbane.
He said the government was committed to tackling the labour shortage, also citing a three-year trial to bring workers from Pacific nations and and East Timor to Australia during the high season.
He said Immigration Minister Chris Bowen was still considering calls from a tourism employment round table event last year to extend the working holidaymaker visa to tourism workers.
Should prove an interesting approach for those looking to come to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. It kind of take the fun out of a ‘holiday’ though.