10/11/15 - Working visa extended up to 12 months for single employers

Department of Immigration and Border Protection has extended the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders and Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa holders single employer for up to twelve months in comparision to six months previously in Northen Australia. 

 

Mr Peter Dutton, the minister for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, stated that these changes, which was an initiative of the Australian Government’s recent White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, is going to add significant benefits to the tourism and agriculture sectors in the northern part of the country.

 

”These industries are highly seasonal and rely on short term workers to provide labour flexibility in peak periods,” said Mr Dutton.

 

According to a DIBP news release, further changes will follow in 2016 which will allow Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa holders to extend their stay in Australia by a further 12 months if they work for at least three months in agriculture or tourism in northern Australia.