In a report released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in Australia, figures indicate that there has been an overall annual growth of 8.3 per cent in the Australian immigration’s first working holiday visa program.
The Working Holiday and Work and Holiday programs encourage cultural exchange and closer ties between arrangement countries by allowing young people to have an extended holiday supplemented by short-term employment.
The figures for the 2010/2011 program year indicate that DIAC approved a total of 162,980 Australian working holiday visa applications. The figure is an increase of 10,000 visa grants over the the 2009/10 year, which was the first year to see an overall decline in the number of Australia visa grants for working holiday makers.
A number of countries saw a particularly dramatic rise in Australian working holiday visas granted, with Ireland seeing the biggest increase with a substantial 87.4 per cent rise on the previous year, followed by Taiwan which saw an increase of 41 per cent.
Of the total number of working holiday visa applications granted in the past migration program year by citizenship country, the United Kingdom represented 21 per cent of the total, followed by South Korea with 16.5 per cent, with Ireland and Germany behind them.
The number of United Kingdom citizens resident in Australia on a working holiday visa as at 30 June 2011 exceeded the equivalent number of South Korean citizens, a change from the figures of the previous year which saw South Korean citizens exceed the UK in number of working holiday visa holders resident in Australia.
Thanks to the folks from the Visa Bureau who helped contribute towards this article.
Working Holiday Maker Program Resources : www.immi.gov.au