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Working Holiday Visa Holders Helping Bushfire Recovery Efforts

Policy changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa Program, made by the Department of Home Affairs this week, mean visa holders in this program will be able to contribute to bushfire recovery.

The changes will allow Working Holiday Makers seeking a second or third visa in that program to count volunteer as well as paid work on bushfire recovery efforts in declared disaster areas as specified work. Additionally, those working on bushfire recovery, whether paid or volunteer, will be permitted to remain with the same employer for a period of 12 months, 6 months longer than previously allowed. Changes will also be made to the type of work Working Holiday Makers are permitted to engage in to include building and construction related to disaster relief.

The changes are thought to attract these short-term visa holders to these areas and provide much needed aid to the recovery process.

For more information on Working Holiday Visas contact Global Community.

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