Work and Holiday Maker visa holders and Australian bushfire recovery efforts

Working holiday visa holders will be able to help bushfire affected communities get back on their feet following changes announced on 17 February 2020 by the Morrison Government.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge recently announced new measures for working holiday visa holders. Farmers and regional businesses can now employ backpackers for an additional six months to help with the bushfire recovery efforts.

Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa holders can now work with the same employer for 12 months if they are assisting with bushfire recovery efforts. Any paid or volunteer disaster recovery work in declared areas will count towards the “specified work” needed to apply for a second or third year 462 or 417 visa.

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