The Australian government has announced a bilateral agreement with Greece that will allow young Australians to work and study in Greece while also allowing young Greek citizens to travel to Australia on the popular working holiday visa.
Five hundred places each will be available annually for young Australians and Greeks to visit each other’s country for up to twelve months.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman, said he appreciated the efforts of visiting Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Terens Quick, in finalising the arrangement.
“The Morrison Government is committed to the working holiday program which provides regional areas and farmers with access to more workers,” Mr Coleman said.
“Australia enjoys a great friendship with Greece, and there has been much interest from Greece in participating in the Work and Holiday visa program. This announcement will provide more opportunities for work and cultural exchange between our nations.”
While on their first visa, Greek nationals may undertake specified work in regional areas to become eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa and extend their stay.
The option of a third-year stay will also be available to them if they undertake six months of regional work in their second year in Australia.
The Work and Holiday visa requires first-time Greek applicants to hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to have a functional level of English.
The commencement of the arrangement with Greece will take the number of countries participating in the Working Holiday Maker program to 43.
Interesting bonus fact. According to the 2001 Australian census, Melbourne has the largest Greek Australian population in Australia (151,785 or around 47%), and the largest Greek population of any city in the World – outside of Greece. Economic bilateral relations between Australia and Greece are worth over A$140 million.
Information source: https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au