Work and Holiday maker program expanded for Vietnam

Regional Australian businesses will soon have access to more workers, thanks to an increase
in the number of Work and Holiday visa places available to young people from Vietnam.

From 2 nd September, the number of places available to Vietnam will increase from 200 to
1,500, meaning more people who can holiday, study and work in Australia, particularly in
regional areas.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David
Coleman, said the increase would maximise the benefits for both nations of the already
successful program.

“Demand for the Work and Holiday visas from Vietnamese nationals has been strong since
the agreement began in 2017, with all 200 places allocated in the past two program years,”
Mr Coleman said.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the increase would
encourage more Vietnamese nationals to choose Australia for a working holiday.

“We’ve seen Vietnamese visitor numbers to Australia grow by 10 per cent over the past
year, and this is an opportunity to continue to capitalise on this emerging tourism market,”
Minister Birmingham said.

The Work and Holiday visa requires first-time Vietnamese applicants to hold or be studying
towards tertiary qualifications and to speak a functional level of English.

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